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Sadio Mane Says Man United Tried To Sign Him

Sadio Mane Says Man United Tried To Sign Him

Sadio Mane has opened up about his Southampton days and suggested that Manchester United tried to sign him before Liverpool swooped in.

Mane was class at Southampton, but everyone expected that he would quietly disappear after a couple of good seasons at the south coast.

Eyebrows were raised when Liverpool came in with an offer for the 26-year-old and signed him in a transfer worth £34 million.

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But the cost has paid dividends. Though Mane can have the off game here and there, he's turned out to be a brilliant purchase for the Reds.

In three seasons, he's scored 36 goals to date.

But it could have been so much different. When Louis van Gaal was at the helm, he was eyeing up Mane as a potential player to bring in to Old Trafford.

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"Some teams wanted me - Manchester (United), the wrong team wanted me," he told SuperSport.

"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."

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While there are uncertain times ahead for Man United, Liverpool's future is looking bright.

Man United fans, would you rather have Alexis Sanchez or Mane right now? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section.

Topics: Liverpool, Football News, Football, Mane

Jacque Talbot

Jacque Talbot is a journalist and sports writer at SPORTbible. He graduated from Manchester Metropolitan with a BA in English and Film. He is a football, snooker, and basketball enthusiast and has been published in the Daily Mail, The Guardian, The Set Pieces, Planet Football and the Morning Star. He’s the greatest thing to come out of Essex since Nick Frost.