Sadio Mane: Zinedine Zidane’s next option if Real fails to land Kylian Mbappé

By Muambo Edward 

Football Writer, – Cameroon

Senegalese international forward Sadio Mane has admitted that he was thinking about Manchester United, before making the switch to their rivals Liverpool.

Mane moved to Merseyside in 2016 after two very successful years with Southampton. The Reds paid £30 million for his services.

Before the move to Anfield, the Generation Foot product had been heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford. Mane now 27, has confessed that he actually thought about joining the Red Devils.

“We were thinking most about Manchester United,” the former Metz forward told The Times.

“That was a tough time for me as I was on the bench so I was not thinking about anyone calling me, but I was pleased he [Jurgen Klopp] did and was not thinking I was a rapper.”

By talking about Klopp not thinking he was a ‘rapper’, Mane was ironically referring to comments made by the German Manager, who said the Senegalese looked like a rapper when he joint the club.

The native of Sédhiou has gone on to become one of the key players for a Liverpool team that has blown everyone away with their breathtaking brand of football and won the prestigious UEFA Champions League along the line. The former Red Bull Salzburg Player has scored 77 goals in 161 games across all competitions for the Reds.

He was the Premier League’s joint top scorer last season with 22 goals, alongside his Liverpool teammate, Mohamed Salah and Arsenal forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

The Senegalese has admitted that he was really close to a move to United, then managed by Dutch tactician Louis Van Gaal.

“I was really, really close because I even met up with them,” Mane told The Mirror in an interview last year.

“So I was coming, I was there and even spoke with the boss who was there before [Louis Van Gaal].

“They made an offer, but in the same week, Klopp called me.

“He said: ‘I think it’s the right club. The right coach for you, and I think it’s better that you go to Liverpool.’

“For me I think it was the right time as well. I said, ‘I am going to Liverpool’.”

Liverpool were at the verge of ending a-30-year wait for an English league title, before the league and other sporting activities were halted as a result of the global Coronavirus pandemic.

The Reds needed just six points, with a healthy 25 points gap over second placed Manchester City, with nine games to go.

Mane has scored 14 goals and provided 7 assists in 27 league appearances this season.

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