Sadio Mane confirms Manchester United interest prior to Liverpool transfer
By Sky Sports News HQ
Last Updated: 27/07/16 11:54am
Sadio Mane has revealed there was interest in him from Manchester United prior to his transfer to Liverpool.
The winger moved to Anfield from Southampton for a fee which could rise to £36m as he became one of six summer additions to Jurgen Klopp's squad.
Mane had previously been the subject of interest from Old Trafford, and although no official bid was made, he felt Liverpool was the right move for him.
"Yes, it was true (Manchester United were interested)," he said.
"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."
Mane insists he is not concerned about the pressure of his fee, which at an initial £32m makes him the Liverpool's third most expensive signing behind Andy Carroll (£35m) and Christian Benteke (£32.5m), and could potentially see him become their record purchase.
"It's football isn't it? That's the game these days," he told the Liverpool Echo.
"The thing for me is not to focus on the fee. I just have to focus on what I can do in the games and in training."