Phil Thompson explains why Manchester United fans would love Riyad Mahrez

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Manchester United are reportedly interested in Leicester City winger Riyad Mahrez.

Liverpool legend Phil Thompson said on the Gillette Soccer Saturday show on Sky Sports News HQ on Saturday afternoon (November 28) that Manchester United fans would love Riyad Mahrez.

Mahrez is on the books of Leicester City at the moment, but according to The Daily Mail, Premier League and European giants United are interested in signing the 24-year-old winger in the January transfer window.

“If he signed for Manchester United - I don’t know how much he would cost - every fan would love him,” said former Liverpool defender Thompson said on the Gillette Soccer Saturday show on Sky Sports News HQ on Saturday afternoon (November 28).

“He plays it as they want you to… He will give you everything, doesn’t matter whether he is playing against the lesser teams or against the bigger teams, you get the same thing from this guy.”

Good form

Mahrez joined Leicester from French club Le Havre in January 2014 and has been one of the best players for them.

The 24-year-old has been playing brilliantly this campaign and has been one of the best players in the Premier League.

The former Quimper man has scored seven goals and created 30 chances in 13 league appearances so far this season.

Mahrez has a pass accuracy of 74% and a shot accuracy of 59%, and has won 12 headers, 48 dribbles and 16 tackles.

Leicester are second in the Premier League table at the moment with 29 points from 14 matches, level on points with leaders Manchester City but behind on goal difference.

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