The Reds took the Senegalese star from Southampton in 2016, making it the first marquee under Jurgen Klopp’s reign in Anfield.
Ian Wright believes that Manchester United made a mistake when they failed to sign Sadio Mane before moving to Liverpool.
Sadio Mane held talks with Louis van Gaal before deciding that his future would lie in Anfield and Jurgen Klopp would sign the first tent in Liverpool.
In these two major competitions Mane scored 83 times for Liverpool and played a key role in the transition from the four biggest hopes to the title winner.
Having won the Premier League title and the Champions League with Liverpool, Mane has since established himself as one of the best players in the Premier League and world football.
“So I came, I was there and I spoke to the boss who was there before [Van Gaal].
In 2019, Mane revealed that he was about to move to United and met with then-manager Louis van Gaal about a possible move to Old Trafford, before finally deciding that his future would lie in Anfield.
“I was very, very close because I even met with them,” Mane told Mirror 2019.
“He said: ‘I think it’s the right club. The right coach for you, and I think it’s better if you go to Liverpool”.
“They made an offer, but that same week Klopp called me.
“I think it was the right time for me, too. I said, “I’m going to Liverpool.”
“Remember that Man United was all over him,” Wright said in his new podcast Wrighty’s House.
Now Wright has claimed that United made a big mistake when they did not do everything in their power to sign Mane four years ago.
“I think they talked to him, but he said no. Manchester United was not right for him.
“As a football team, they have not by any means taught him the philosophy of what they will do to attract a player like Mane. Now he is easily one of the best in the world.”
“And again, one has the feeling that Man United made a big mistake by not signing this. By not being able to provide this signature….