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This Superstar Ex Liverpool Forward Could Join Manchester United: Should Ten Hag Consider Making An Offer?

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According to a report from Mirror, Manchester United have emerged as a potential destination for the former Liverpool forward Sadio Mane, who is poised to depart Bayern Munich during the upcoming summer transfer window.

Mane’s Campaign With Bayern Munich So Far This Season

Owing to both form and fitness concerns, Mane has encountered difficulties securing a regular spot in the Bavarian’s attacking lineup, facing stiff competition from players such as Sane, Serge Gnabry, and Thomas Muller. Despite his inconsistency during Julian Nagelsmann’s tenure, Mane has failed to experience an improvement in his fortunes under the management of Thomas Tuchel.

The Senegalese star has scored twelve goals and created six assists over 36 appearances this season across all fronts.

He has averaged 2.3 shots, 0.9 key passes and 1.0 dribbles per game in the Bundesliga while maintaining a pass completion rate of 76.6% (stats via whoscored).

Sadio Mane of Bayern Munich
MUNICH, GERMANY – APRIL 30: Sadio Mane of FC Bayern München gestures during the Bundesliga match between FC Bayern München and Hertha BSC at Allianz Arena on April 30, 2023, in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Sebastian Widmann/Getty Images)

Should Manchester United Boss Erik Ten Hag Bring Him To Old Trafford?

During his time at Liverpool, the Senegalese star demonstrated exceptional consistency and contributed immensely to the team’s success. With an impressive tally of 120 goals in 269 appearances, he played a pivotal role in helping the team secure six major honours. Since his departure, Liverpool has encountered difficulties adjusting to life without the influential forward, who consistently displayed excellence throughout his tenure at Anfield.

The renowned Senegalese winger showcased his distinctive playing style at Bayern Munich. However, despite his reputation as a formidable attacker, Mane endured a disappointing campaign, struggling to replicate his previous successes and failing to meet high expectations.

Known for his blistering pace, technical ability, and goal-scoring prowess, Mane joined Bayern Munich with much fanfare. However, various factors, including form, fitness issues, and fierce competition within the squad, hindered his ability to establish himself as a consistent threat in the team’s attacking lineup.

After reportedly engaging in an altercation with teammate Leroy Sane following Bayern Munich’s 3-0 Champions League defeat to Manchester City, the 31-year-old forward was suspended by the German champions. He recently made his return to action, having served his suspension.

However, as a disciplinary measure, the former Liverpool player was not included in Bayern’s Bundesliga match against Hoffenheim at the Allianz Arena and was additionally subjected to a substantial fine. There are speculations surrounding his future with the German giants, with several reports emerging that he will be sold this summer.

The Red Devils could cash in on this opportunity to bring in a veteran forward of his calibre to Old Trafford. Still, first, he would have to get back in form and discipline himself to continue playing at the highest level.

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