Mathieu Manset (born 5 August 1989) is a French footballer who plays as a centre forward, who is currently playing for Walsall in the Football League One.
Manset was born in Metz and started his career in his native France with Le Havre AC. In the 2007–08 season he managed to break into the reserve side, who played in the Championnat de France amateur, the fourth tier of French football. He went on to play eleven league matches and score one goal for the side during the campaign. In the following season, Manset played a further 12 games for Le Havre Réserve but failed get on the scoresheet. His last appearance for Le Havre came in the 2–1 win over Paris Saint-Germain Réserve at the Parc des Princes on 8 May 2009.
Manset was released by Le Havre in the summer of 2009 and was recommended to Football League Two side Hereford United by Guy Ipoua. After a successful trial, he joined Hereford on a free transfer. His debut in English football came in the second round of the Football League Trophy where he featured as a substitute in the last 20 minutes of the game at home to Aldershot Town and scored a late goal to put the Bulls into a 2–1 lead. However, Aldershot quickly equalised and sent the game to a penalty shoot out, which Hereford won 4–3. Manset scored what turned out to be the decisive penalty with a powerful strike into the top left corner of the goal.
In the first round of the FA Cup, in the 2–0 win against Sutton United, Manset put Hereford in the lead after six minutes. However, after half an hour of play he was red carded for violent conduct after he reacted badly to a challenge by Alan Paulton. His first goal in League Two came in the 3–1 away win at Northampton Town on 1 December 2009. In late 2010 Manset enjoyed a run of goalscoring form under new manager Jamie Pitman, and was linked with a number of clubs from the Championship.
Manset signed for Championship team Reading for an undisclosed fee on a two-and-a-half-year contract on 21 January 2011. Manset made his debut for Reading on 22 January 2011, coming on as a substitute just 21 hours after signing for the club. On 1 February 2011, he scored his first goal for Reading after again coming on as a substitute, scoring what had looked to be an injury-time winner in the 2–2 draw at Cardiff City. On 4 February 2011, Manset came off the bench against league leaders Queens Park Rangers. On 19 March 2011, Manset came off the bench against Barnsley to score the winning goal in the 71st minute to keep Reading’s promotion push alive. Manset made his first start against Nottingham Forest on 9 February 2011 in a 4–3 win. On 6 August 2011, Manset came on as a sub for Noel Hunt and scored two goals in three minutes to rescue a 2–2 draw for Reading against Millwall. His first was a 25-yard rocket and his second was a header from Jimmy Kebe’s cross. Manset scored his fifth goal for Reading with a back-heel in the last minute of extra time in a 3–2 win over Bristol City.
In 2011–12 season, Manset made six starts and scored two goals. In the last day of the transfer window, Crawley Town manager Steve Evans revealed that he had tried to sign Manset on a last minute deal only to be rejected. Reading manager Brian McDermott prepared to loan out Manset to afford him regular first-team football. He subsequently signed for Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua on loan until 30 June. He scored his first goal for Shenhua on 27 May 2012 during Shenhua’s 2–1 victory at home against Guizhou Renhe. Manset scored 1 goal in 9 appearances for Shenhua.
On 13 July 2012, Manset moved from Reading to Sion on a 3-year contract for an undisclosed fee. Manset made his debut for Sion coming on as a second half substitute and scoring the only goal from the penalty spot in a 1–0 victory over Servette. On 4 September 2012, Manset was suspended by Sion for 3 weeks after being found in the early hours of the morning in a Lausanne nightclub the day before Sion’s game away to FC Zürich.
He made his first appearance for Sion since this suspension against FC Zürich on 30 September.
On 6 January, Manset announced through Twitter that his contract with Sion was terminated due to “irreconcilable differences”.
Following his departure from Sion he had trials at both Barnsley and Sheffield Wednesday, though neither club followed up on their interest. After another brief trial, he joined Carlisle United on 8 March until the end of the season, although the signing was delayed for two weeks waiting for international clearance. Manset finally made his debut against Yeovil Town on 23 March, coming on as a second half substitute and helping Carlisle earn a 3–3 draw with an injury time assist. He made a further six appearances, all as a substitute, before being released at the end of the season following the expiry of his contract.
Manset signed a one-year deal with Coventry City on 7 August 2013 despite Coventry being under a transfer embargo. Having not played for the first team since October, his contract was terminated by mutual consent in January 2014.
On 7 January 2014, Manset signed a 1,5 year contract with Antwerp. His contract was terminated by mutual consent at the end of the season.
On 26 August 2014, following a successful trial, Manset signed a 1 year contract with Walsall.
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Coventry City: Steven Pressley on why Mathieu Manset failed to make his mark with the Sky Blues
The Beast returns with the Saddlers to take on the Sky Blues tomorrow with Pressley telling the 25-year-old to “knuckle down and fulfil his potential”
Steven Pressley may be more preoccupied with coaching his players to cope with the Ricoh Arena pitch than the threat of the returning Mathieu Manset with Walsall tomorrow.
The prolific form of Callum Wilson and Leon Clarke meant Coventry City fans never got to see ‘The Beast’ at his best – hardly at all, in fact, as the striker threw an almighty strop that was more Le Sulk than Incredible Hulk.
He just couldn’t get his head around the fact that he wasn’t getting a sniff of a start for the Sky Blues at a time the team boasted the hottest front two in the division.
He did himself no favours with his bleating and was promptly bombed, Pressley was so incensed with his attitude and work ethic in training and the Under-21s that the Sky Blues travelled to Hartlepool without a recognised senior striker in their ranks when his first choice dynamic duo were out, prepared to risk City’s progress in the FA Cup rather than give the Frenchman the opportunity to redeem himself.
Not surprisingly, his contract was terminated by “mutual consent” in January, not for the first time in his career and, as his next move to Royal Antwerp proved, not for the last.As returning players go, the 25-year-old has, perhaps, more reason than most to prove a point.
So if Pressley was in his opposite number’s shoes tomorrow, would he give Manset licence to wreak revenge.“I went to see them a couple of weeks ago and he was a used sub that day,” said the City boss of the bustling centre-forward who has started just four league games for the Saddlers, going on nine times as a sub and scoring one goal.
“I wouldn’t use him because they have taken ten points from a possible 12 with him out of the team, so I would imagine Dean Smith would go with the players who have served him extremely well of late.”
Pressley revealed: “Mathieu was one of those who didn’t adhere to the standards I expect at this club. That’s not to say I don’t wish him all the best wherever he goes but, certainly here, he didn’t reach the standards.
“He’s a player who now has a history of being at a lot of clubs in a short space of time and he needs to knuckle down and really find his home and fulfil his potential.”
He added: “He’s got great physical attributes and that’s what attracted me to him in the first place but he has got other parts to his game – the work ethic – that he must improve. And he’s still got time to do that.”
The jury is clearly still out at Walsall where many feel it’s a case of one step forward, two steps back.
Smith admitted: “He probably will be frustrated but he was not good enough against Shrewsbury and hence did not play against Fleetwood.
“He lost his shirt and it is up to him now to go and get that shirt back. It is the same for all the other players. That is what this football club is all about. You have to go out and work hard first and foremost and keep the shirt. If you do that you can go home at night and can be pleased with your contribution.
”With one of the meanest defences in League One, conceding just five goals at home and 11 away – somewhat balanced by the fact that they’ve only scored 15 – Pressley will be more concerned with how his forwards are going to unlock the door rather than what Manset might or might not do.
Although they took the lead at Oldham last month and ended up losing 2-1, that was the first time they’d lost a league game after taking the initiative in almost two years – the previous time being their 5-1 thumping at the Ricoh in December 2012.
“They have hit a really good vein of form,” said Pressley of the side that have a top-two defence but bottom-four attack.
“They are the first team to beat Fleetwood up there for the last nine months so they’re a good side and a team that don’t concede many goals. They have one of the best defensive records in the league, so it will be a real test
“It’s a derby game and that gives added spice, so it’s a really good game for us and one we’re really looking forward to.”