Date: 14th July 2019 at 6:00am
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Mario Lemina could leave Southampton and join Manchester United, according to talkSPORT.

They claim Leicester and Arsenal have also shown an interest in the Gabon international but he would prefer to move to Old Trafford.

The Manchester outfit were after Newcastle midfielder Sean Longstaff, but have been put off by his £50million price-tag, according to The Daily Mail.

The report suggested United would now look to pursue other targets, which could and perhaps should lead them to Lemina.

The Saints midfielder said he is looking to leave St Mary’s, with the club’s blessing.

Lemina said: “Today, I am at Southampton, I still have another three years on my contract. But it is true that I do not rule out the possibility of seeing something else.

“The last four months have not been easy for me, with my injury. The coach put his team together. I want to start afresh. So why not leave?

“If I feel I do not like this project, I can leave. They are giving me the opportunity to be able to go elsewhere.

“We are working on it with my agents, we are not putting ourselves under any pressure. We are waiting truly for the best project, the best offer.”

If he was to join Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team, the numbers suggest he would improve the Norwegian’s midfield. When comparing his stats last season to the United midfield of Nemanja Matic, Fred, and Scott McTominay, Lemina comes out on top, according to WhosSored.com.

His shot-per-game was 1.2 whereas second-place Fred manages one-per-game, with the other two players scoring under that. He also performs better at dribbles-per-game, tackles-per-game and interceptions-per game, while he is joint top with Fred for assists.

In some of the other indicators, his stats see him in second place, including clearances-per-game and key passes-per-game.

With that in mind, perhaps it’s easy to see why Solskjaer sees Lemina as a player who would improve his midfield this season but, if that’s the case, surely he has the ability to improve Southampton’s as well?

 

3 Replies to “Selling Saints player to a Premier League top-six side could be a mistake – opinion”

  • You are missing the point – Yes he has a great footballing skill, but the mental attitude of Paul Pogba, Hasenhuttl wants the fight and die by the sword attitude of every player, united as a TEAM, Lamina is a mercenary – perfect for Man United, not for Saints.

    Its a shame because he does have skill for sure, but we have a fantastic manager who needs to be given the freedom to form something of real worth.

    In Ralph we trust!

  • Too right…100 %…..love to see Lemina in red/ white but his heart ain’t in it…let Ralph call the shots…we won’t die wondering then…I’m liking the lineup so far prob need a couple more young enthusiastic players fr Europe to give the midfield/ defence some steel…Billsy West Australia

  • If players want to go ,get rid even if they still have 3 years on his contract No player is bigger than the club. At Southampton under Ralph we building a team that I believe will finish in the top 10 next season. You can not build a team around someones ego. It’s a hes a good player could be a great player but not a team player.

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