Liverpool star Sadio Mane has given his brutal reason for rejecting a transfer to rivals Manchester United while he was still at Southampton.
The Senegal international, who has gone on to become a major player in Jurgen Klopp’s side, says he held talks over joining United but decided against the move.
In explaining his reasons for doing so, Mane showed he’s Liverpool through and through by describing the Red Devils as the wrong club for him.
Mane does not give much more detail than that, but he ended up making the move to Anfield not so long afterwards, so perhaps he’s just always had a bit more of an affection for the Merseyside giants?
The 26-year-old seems an ideal fit in Klopp’s team right now, and has certainly improved while working with the German tactician.
In discussing his talks with then-United manager Louis van Gaal, Mane hints he also felt the Dutchman was the wrong coach for him, and it’s hard to argue with his decision given how things have played out.
‘Some teams wanted me – Manchester [United] – the wrong team wanted me,’ he told the Premier League Today show, as quoted by the Metro.
‘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.’