Liverpool attacker Sadio Mane has revealed that he snubbed the move to Manchester United because he felt it was the right club for him.
The Senegalese was a sung hero during his days at Southampton, due to his brilliant displays that kept St. Mary’s faithful at the edge of their seats, attracting a number of clubs for his signature.
Mane has now confirmed that former United boss, Louis Van Gaal tried to sign him but he rejected the offer to remain at Southampton for another season before signing for Liverpool the next season.
‘Honestly, I could not believe it,’ He told the Premier League Today show. ‘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.’
Talking about Liverpool’s chances in the Champions League, Sadio Mane said: ‘It was a very big sign for us. It was a bonus for us to learn and get those kinds of experiences,’ he told Liverpool’s official website.
‘We have played [big games] already and we know how. ‘Now we have to do the same work on the pitch and the experience we had in the past will help. ‘It’s very early to speak about it but it’s why we’re always here working: to do anything possible. ‘We have the quality and everything to go throughout [the tournament], so why not? Why not?’