Liverpool forward Sadio Mane
Sunday Oct 16, 2016. 10:00
Liverpool legend Phil Thompson has singled out Senegalese attacker Sadio Mane as the key player ahead of Liverpool’s home clash against Manchester United on Monday night.
The eagerly anticipated clash between the two Premier League title hopefuls will be played at Anfield and Thompson believes the Teranga Lions star will enjoy coming up against the Red Devils’ defence.
"I think the big one is going to be Mane, mainly because of his pace against Manchester United's back line. He's the one player really that I think can exploit them," Thompson said on Sky Sports.
In comparing United’s tearaway attacker Marcus Rashford with Mane, Thompson believes the West African player’s experience will see him play a more influential role.
"Marcus Rashford is obviously quick and has tremendous potential but I think with Mane's experience against United's back line he will cause them tremendous problems, when there's a turnover of position is when he really comes into his own," the former Liverpool caretaker coach added.