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Sadio Mane's Man Utd transfer agreement as Louis van Gaal confirms his story

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Louis van Gaal has confirmed Manchester United were very much in the market for Sadio Mane when he was in charge of the club after the Bayern Munich star admitted he was once close to signing for the Red Devils.

Mane caught the eye of the Premier League's elite when he was at Southampton and then United boss Van Gaal made it his personal mission to snap up the Senegal international.

Reflecting on the missed opportunity to sign the forward, Netherlands boss Van Gaal told Dutch publication NOS: "Sadio Mane is a true team player and this is the reason why I really wanted to sign him (at Manchester United).

Mane left Liverpool for Bayern Munich this summer after six seasons on Merseyside.

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Mane recalled the story in an interview with the Daily Telegraph back in May: "I have to say, I was really close to going to Manchester United.

But a Jurgen Klopp phone call made at just the right time saw Mane have an eleventh-hour change of heart and snub the Red Devils in favour of their bitter rivals Liverpool.
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