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‘The wrong team wanted me’


LUCKY ESCAPE?

Mane completed his £34million move to Merseyside from Southampton in June 2016

Liverpool ace Sadio Mane claims he held discussions with Manchester United before he moved to Merseyside in June 2016.

The Senegal forward signed for the Reds from Southampton for £34million and claimed United were the ‘wrong team’ to join after being approached by then boss Louis van Gaal a year before.

Mane has scored 36 goals in 76 appearances for Liverpool

Mane has scored 36 goals in 76 appearances for Liverpool

Mane told SuperSport: “Some teams wanted me – Manchester [United], the wrong team wanted me.

“Of course, I spoke with Van Gaal, and they even made an offer. But for me it was not the right club, it was not the right moment.

“To feel this – the right moment, the right coach, the right club.”

Mane, 26, has had a very successful career at Anfield so far – scoring 36 goals in 76 Liverpool appearances including three goals in the Reds’ opening three games this season.

Jurgen Klopp believes the Reds’ no.10 should be considered one of the elite players in football

Jurgen Klopp believes the Reds’ no.10 should be considered one of the elite players in football

Reds manager Jurgen Klopp claimed Mane should be considered as one of football’s elite players.

Klopp said: “Now Sadio’s much more secure that this is his level. The players surprise themselves sometimes. ‘Wow, really? That’s how good I am?’ We all need to show our best and get used to it.

“It’s quality. We have to make sure we can show that every week.

“Who scores the goals is not too important but it was very important for us and very nice for him that he could do it in the last game.

“Sadio’s a very consistent player for us. His work rate is great.

“We have a very strange 4-5-1 formation with Sadio as a midfielder, Bobby [Firmino] being a midfielder more or less and Mo [Salah] being a striker even though he plays in a little different position.

“We talk about the defensive work rate they put in, that’s really important.”





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