Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

VAN GAAL'S MANE MAN ; United on Red Alert as Forward's Future at Southampton Thrown into Doubt

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

VAN GAAL'S MANE MAN ; United on Red Alert as Forward's Future at Southampton Thrown into Doubt

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UNITED have received encouragement in their efforts to sign Southampton forward Sadio Mane after he was dropped for the Saints' defeat at Norwich on Saturday.

The Reds had a bid rejected for the 23-yearold Senegal international in the summer.

And after hinting on Saturday that he may have to look at buying a striker in this transfer window, the fact Mane was punished by Southampton manager Ronald Koeman at Carrow Road, could open the door for Louis van Gaal to make a bid.

Koeman has revealed it is not the first time he has sanctioned Mane, and there are reports that the player is set for talks over his future later this month.

It's believed Southampton want to extend Mane's current contract, which ends in 2018. Although Koeman has hinted that the player has lost focus on the south coast. …

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