Manchester United splashed out £150m on new signings this summer, with Louis van Gaal bringing in the likes of Marcos Rojo, Luke Shaw, Daley Blind, Ander Herrera, Angel Di Maria and Radamel Falcao as the Dutchman attempted to bring success back to Old Trafford.
Whilst most of those are established stars, van Gaal has an extensive history of developing young players throughout his time as a manager. Whilst with Ajax, Barcelona and Bayern Munich, van Gaal helped kick start the careers of Michael Reiziger, Edgar Davids, Clarence Seedorf, Patrick Kluivert, Marc Overmars, Xavi Hernandez, Carles Puyol, Andres Iniesta, Thomas Muller, David Alaba and Holger Badstuber.
It was therefore little surprise when the Red Devils were linked with a summer move for Sporting Lisbon's 20-year-old winger Carlos Mane. The Portugal youth international has progressed through the Sporting youth setup and has dazzled with his pace and dribbling ability.
That was on show tonight as he scored this superb goal against Netherlands Under-21's in their European Championship playoff. After picking the ball up, Mane turned towards goal, skipped past three players before conjuring a composed finish to put Portugal 2-0 up.
With this kind of play, it would be little surprise to see van Gaal revisit a potential for Mane.
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