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Mane on why he turned down Man Utd for Liverpool

Sadio Mane will go down as the beginning of the wonderful magic that Michael Edwards cast upon our transfer strategy; a player that nobody expected, hadn't really wanted, but have grown to adore.

The Senegalese winger is currently rated as one of the best players in the Premier League, easily one of the top three wingers in Europe and would probably be one of the most expensive players in history, no doubt more so than Coutinho, if he was sold.

But, while that's highly unlikely to happen anytime soon, it could've all been so different had he chosen to go to Old Trafford instead of moving to Anfield.

Speaking on the subject of that potential move to Man Utd, Mane said: "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."

The quotes come via the Liverpool Echo, who also point out that, had Liverpool pursued the club's interest in Mario Gotze, Mane could well have never arrived at Liverpool at all.

Sadio continued: "There was interest from a lot of clubs, not just Manchester United, but as soon as I knew Liverpool were interested I just felt it was the right club with the right coach. It was right for me to come here."

"Liverpool are a massive club with a big history that has won many trophies over the years and as soon as I was told of the possibility to come here and I knew the manager wanted me I said yes.

"It was the right move. I recognise the size of the club and to progress to another level as a player this was the club and the moment for me.

"It was a step I needed to make."

The Senegalese captain has since gone on to become one of the top-scoring non-forwards to ever play for the club, in barely 100 games and will go down as an Anfield legend for the part he played in winning the Champions League this year.

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