Manchester United should reignite their interest in Southampton star Sadio Mane

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A shocking stat is always worth repeating, and when you say that Manchester United scored just one more goal than almost-relegated Sunderland, alarm bells should start ringing in your head.

They need frontline reinforcements in the summer, preferably someone who can play on the wing and compliment the players already at the club. That's exactly why they should focus their sights on a target they had last summer, Southampton attacker Sadio Mane.

The 24-year-old excelled again this season and he really showed his class in the latter half of the season. In his final eight appearances, the Senegalese star scored eight goals, including a spectacular hat-trick against Manchester City.


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In both his first and third goals in that game, he showed exactly what he can bring to the attack of United. He started out wide before cutting into space between the full-back and the centre-back, breaking at speed, and when put through on goal, he had the composure to slide the ball past the goalkeeper.

Pace is a huge part of his game and he brings it in abundance. He seems to effortlessly glide beyond players and when he is given space to run into, he becomes a real danger to the opposition.

Southampton did experiment with his position at times this season, playing behind the striker or even up top, but he looks the most comfortable out on the wing. It's there that he seems to find the gaps only he could exploit, and while he's able to give a team width, it's his work between the lines that really catches the eye.

There are still some weaknesses, he is a little light, weak in the air, and can fade out of games at times as he does not tend to seek the ball often enough. He was also used a little sparingly at times this season for the Saints and had a few off-the-field issues after not getting a move but once he hit his stride, it was hard for manager Ronald Koeman to ignore him much longer.

It is not hard to see how Mane would fit into United's current attacking line-up. They have invested wisely in young players with pace and he would fit perfectly, adding to what the club already has and that will help the incumbent manager to craft a distinct style that fans are craving.

That isn't to say it's a slight risk. Mane needs to find more consistency and remain focused, but a move could do him the world of good.

Southampton may be ready to allow him to spread his wings and should the Red Devils add him to their exciting attacking prospects, they could strike real fear into the hearts of any defence next season.

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