Sporting CP are the leaders of Portuguese Primeira Liga. Matchday 25 of the competition was not that pleasant for the team. The Tuesday fixture against Moreirense ended up in a draw and a terrible injury update for Manchester United target.
The Portuguese left-back Nuno Mendes suffered a cut down in a challenge from midfielder Goncalo Franco. And the injury seems serious as the lower leg or ankle suffered a tough snapping from the challenge. The player left the field in intense pain and replaced by Matheus Reis in the 39th minute. (Source)
Although, the player got mourning hearts in England and those are from the red side of Manchester. Nuno Mendes was a long-term interest of Manchester United since the player got a promotion to the senior squad of Sporting last year.
Mendes has been phenomenal since his senior team debut and established himself as a starter in the left-back position. Also, he is valued as a promising talent for the future. He secured a five-year contract in Portugal and heavily contributed to the season campaign of the team.
He featured 27 games this season for the Portuguese side. The 18-year-old teenager got a perfect start for his professional career. The impressive stat from the debut season attracted many of the major sides of Europe. Manchester United are a serious admirer of Mendes for immediate interest.
United’s interest in Mendes
England international Luke Shaw is the man in charge for Manchester United in the left-back position. The 25-year-old is a strong weapon of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Nuno Mendes can replace Luke Shaw in the future with a great display of talent.
But, an offer from Old Trafford at the age of 18 is a point of the doubt for some pandits. Because the offer this summer is too early for the youngster and he is not ready for the Premier League setting. Also, earning some experience in Portugal help him to start better in Manchester.
The current injury is serious in the first look and will affect the upcoming fixtures of the season. Manchester United are closely observing the progress of the player. The rivals from the town Manchester City are also showing interest in the player according to Sport Witness.
United are up for new challenges next season due to the upgraded level of performance this season. They are 2nd in the table preparing for a return to the elite stage of the Champions League after two years. The young squad of Ole got a tag of title contenders for next season.
Meanwhile, they are fighting hard in multiple competitions. The Europa League campaign is the major stage for them. They are up against Spanish side Granada in the quarter-finals of the competition on Thursday.
As per the summer transfer speculations, Old Trafford would spend a big amount on attacking additions and defensive works. Ole got a lavish wishlist for the summer anticipation.
Anyway, next season would be crucial for the potential squad of United. A major title is urgent for the red side of Manchester to match the pressure within the town from the rivals.