Louis van Gaal confirms he tried to sign Sadio Mane at Manchester United as Netherlands boss admits Senegal ‘will really miss’ star

    Louis van Gaal has confirmed he tried to sign Sadio Mane when he was in charge of Manchester United.

    Mane enjoyed a stellar six-year career with Liverpool which saw him win all four major trophies, however, his career could’ve gone in a very different direction.

    Mane is a certified Liverpool legend but he had the chance to join their biggest rivals before

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    Mane is a certified Liverpool legend but he had the chance to join their biggest rivals before

    Mane has previously said he turned down the chance to play for the Red Devils in the summer of 2015, a year before he completed his move to Anfield from Southampton.

    And while confirming his previous interest in Mane, Van Gaal didn’t specify when exactly he tried to sign him.

    “I wanted him when I was the manager at Man United,” he recalled.

    “I chased him at the time. I am a fan of Mane. He can break open a match and I would say Senegal will really miss him.”

    Van Gaal, who’s now in charge of the Dutch national team, was speaking ahead of their World Cup opener against Senegal.

    Bayern Munich star Mane is their talisman, however, he will play no part in the tournament due to injury.

    Mane missed the tournament after picking up an injury in Bayern’s second to last match before the season was paused for the World Cup

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    Mane missed the tournament after picking up an injury in Bayern’s second to last match before the season was paused for the World Cup

    Meaning Van Gaal and Van Dijk won’t have to worry about his threat in the Netherlands’ World Cup opener

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    Meaning Van Gaal and Van Dijk won’t have to worry about his threat in the Netherlands’ World Cup opener

    It means there’s no reunion with former Liverpool teammate Virgil van Dijk, who echoed Van Gaal’s claims about Mane being a huge loss for Senegal.

    “I called him the next day in the morning and obviously I wanted to know how he was, first and foremost because there were so many rumours coming out that he was injured for a while,” the centre-back said.

    “I wanted just to know how he was. Unfortunately it was not the best news he had and but there was a little bit of hope, everyone thought it, but unfortunately he wasn’t going to be able to make this tournament.”

    “I feel sad for him. I know how hard he works and he wants to be important for Senegal and he has been important over the past few years. It’s tough.” Van Dijk added.

    “Obviously he’s going to be a big miss for Senegal. Hopefully we can benefit from it a little bit.”

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