• Southampton were held to a goalless draw by Watford at Vicarage Road
  • Manchester United target Sadio Mane limped off injured in the first half
  • Any move for Mane to the Red Devils is now in doubt following the injury
  • Ronald Koeman is hoping Mane will be fit to face FC Midtjylland on Thursday

Sam Cunningham for MailOnline

Any move for Sadio Mane to Manchester United is in doubt after the forward went off in the first-half of Southampton’s draw against Watford.

United are keen on Mane after missing out on Pedro to Chelsea and Southampton manager Ronald Koeman has grown frustrated by what he has seen as an attempt to unsettle his player before the transfer window shuts.

The injury originally stemmed from a collision with Watford goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes midway through the first half as Mane ran through on goal and tried to round him.

Southampton forward Sadio Mane clashed with Watford goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes in the first half

Southampton forward Sadio Mane clashed with Watford goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes in the first half

Any move for Mane to Manchester United is in doubt after the forward went off injured at Vicarage Road

Any move for Mane to Manchester United is in doubt after the forward went off injured at Vicarage Road

But after three times going down clutching his right side — the third time beating the turf in frustration — Mane gave up and walked down the tunnel.

Koeman is hoping he is fit to face FC Midtjylland in Southampton’s Europa League playoff second leg on Thursday. Leaving Vicarage Road, Mane was asked by Sportsmail about the injury and replied: ‘I’m alright.’

And Koeman said: ‘He had a kick on his hip. It looks not so bad, but we’ll have to wait. He was not good enough to continue. I hope that we will have everybody available for Thursday, Sadio as well.’

United were dealt a further blow on Sunday after Pedro capped off his debut for Chelsea with a goal and an assist.  

Southampton manager Ronald Koeman is hoping Mane will be fit to face FC Midtjylland on Thursday

Southampton manager Ronald Koeman is hoping Mane will be fit to face FC Midtjylland on Thursday

United were dealt a further blow on Sunday after Pedro capped off his debut for Chelsea with a goal 

United were dealt a further blow on Sunday after Pedro capped off his debut for Chelsea with a goal 


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