Phil Thompson claims Henrikh Mkhitaryan doesn't score as many goals as Mane

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Sky Sports pundit Phil Thompson probably isn't Manchester United fans' favourite person.  

Thompson, of course, previously spent 13 years at Liverpool during his playing career and also acted as the club's caretaker manager during the 2001/02 season. 

It's understandable, then, that Thompson is more often than not rather biased in favour of his former club. 


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But we think he may have just taken his biased way of thinking to a whole new level. 

When comparing new Liverpool signing Sadio Mane with potential United signing Henrikh Mkhitaryan, he's suggested that the latter doesn't score as many goals as the former. 

Mane vs Mkhitaryan

That's the same Mane that scored 15 goals in all competitions last season, compared to Mkhitaryan who netted on 23 occasions. 

And Thompson can't even backtrack on the comment by claiming that he was only discussing league goals. Both players netted 11 strikes in their domestic leagues last term. 

Anyway, here's exactly what Thompson, as per Sky Sports, stated about Mane and Mkhitaryan: "I think we've paid far too much for him.

"Perhaps it's because of the money coming into the Premier League. Just look at Crystal Palace reportedly making a £31m bid for Michy Batshuayi.

"It's the same with Manchester United stumping up £30m for Henrikh Mkhitaryan, a 27-year-old who doesn't score as much as Mane."

Mane crucial signing for Liverpool 

Well, it's probably fair to say that Thompson hasn't watched Mkhitaryan play on too many occasions. 

Thompson may well have insisted that Liverpool paid too much for the former Southampton man, but he's also suggested that he's a 'pivotal signing' for the club. 

He continued: "I see it as an absolutely pivotal signing, one that was needed as the other attacking midfielders are more technical players and don't really have the pace.

"Philippe Coutinho, Adam Lallana and Roberto Firmino are all quite similar so I'm not surprised Klopp has looked to add something different - a player that gives them a threat on the counter-attack and also adds goals.

"Daniel Sturridge also seems to have lost his pace a bit, probably due to the amount of injuries, which we saw with Michael Owen, so there's only really Divock Origi who can stretch teams."

Who will be the better signing: Mane or Mkhitaryan? Have your say below! 

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