Liverpool's African superstar Sadio Mane, who had the chance to join Manchester United before his move to the Reds, has exclusively told Soccer Laduma why he snubbed the Red Devils.
The 26-year-old spoke to Soccer Laduma's Thomas Kwenaite during the recent CAF awards, during which he finished in second position behind his teammate Mohamed Salah for the African Player of the Year title.
Mane addressed multiple topics during his conversation with Kwenaite, including interest in his services from United back in 2014 after Louis van Gaal had taken over at Old Trafford from David Moyes.
"It is true, yes. I was approached and an offer was tabled. But at the time I just felt that they were the wrong club," the Senegal forward said.
"I spoke to Louis van Gaal but for me, at the time, it was not the right club and certainly not the right moment.
"My team at that time (Red Bull Salzburg) asked for £25 million (R452 million), but in my humble opinion, I was not good enough for £25 million and that's why I didn't go to Old Trafford."
Mane was also asked about rumoured interest in him from Real Madrid in 2016 before he eventually joined Liverpool in a deal worth £34 million (R608 million), which made him the most expensive African player at the time.
"I was very happy, very happy to join Liverpool. It was a great day for me and now I am looking forward to everything – to helping the team, to helping the club achieve our dreams and, especially, to win trophies," he added.
"I've always said, when I knew I had a chance to come here, I didn't have to think twice. The right club in the right moment and with the right coach as well. I came here and was very happy. For me, I made the best decision in my career."
To read the full interview with the Liverpool superstar, during which he also chats about his partnership with Salah, losing out on the African Player of the Year award to his teammate, the Premier League title race and much more, grab the latest copy of Soccer Laduma, issue 1107!