"Could play for Man United" - Head coach speaks out on Liverpool player

Togo head coach Claude Le Roy has come to Sadio Mane’s defence in the face of criticism for his lack of form for Senegal, saying the forward could play for any club in the world.

Although Mane has set the Premier League on fire since his move to Liverpool in 2016 for £34m, the winger has been unable to replicate his electric displays at club level on the international stage for Senegal.

He is yet to score for his national side in their AFCON qualifying campaign and although he scored for Senegal at the World Cup, he scored a singular goal in the Teranga Lions’ bid to get to the tournament in Russia.

However, Togo head coach Claude Le Roy has come to his defence, saying that Liverpool’s no.10 could play for any club in the world – he is that good.

“He’s a great player,” legendary coach Le Roy told Stades [as per Star Africa], “and he’d have his place at Manchester United, at Barcelona, or at Real Madrid. It would be a really good thing if I could have him with the [Togo national team].

“Sadio is an excellent player and I tell you that all of Africa watches him play in the Premier League at the weekend as well as the Champions League.

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“However, a club is different to a national team. We often criticise players for not shining so much with the national team, but at the clubs, players know each other.

“All the time, the players see each other training together, whereas in the national team, they only see each other periodically.”

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