Liverpool forward Sadio Mane has revealed he rejected Manchester United back in 2015 due to it not being the right club.
United showed heavy interest in Mane when he was playing at Southampton, and Louis van Gaal reportedly tried on more than one occasion to sign him.
But the 26-year-old stayed put at the Saints, despite the huge incentive of joining the Old Trafford club. One year later, an offer from Liverpool came in and the rest is history.
The forward has been brilliant since he sided with Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool. He has been one of the Premier League’s top performers and has consistently been amongst the goals and assists.
Mane was heavily linked with a move to Real Madrid this summer, but he has spoken nothing but positively towards the Reds.
“Honestly, I could not believe it,” Mane 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.”
Mane recently spoke about Liverpool’s chances of reaching a Champions League final for a second successive year. The Senegalese played a huge part in helping the team to the final last season, and scored the Reds’ only goal in their 3-1 victory.
“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?”