- As many may think that mane had enjoyed a showpiece at the English Premier League (EPL) side Southampton (Saints); Sadio Mane had a rough time due to the ill-relationship with his teammates as revealed by Harambee Stars Captain Victor Wanyama.
Mane did well at Saints, scoring the fastest ever Premier League hat-trick and earning a move to Liverpool. But he was not the world-class player he undeniably is now – and it was perhaps because of a more fractious relationship with his team-mates than previously realized.
His former Saints team-mate, Wanyama, has explained how Mane once told him the other players were not passing to him – asking the Kenyan specifically to make sure he gave him the ball.
“We were like a family under one father Mauricio Pochettino (the then Saints Manager) but I and Mane forged a bigger brotherhood bond but Morgan Schneiderlin was also a great friend,” Wanyama said.
He further reveals, “At one point, Mane approached me and told me ‘hi man, these guys do not want to pass the ball to me, can the two of us play closely. They do not want me to score.’ I reluctantly agreed and anytime I got the ball I would pass it to him though.
“I wanted to treat him right since he is a good and nice guy.”
Currently, at Liverpool, Mane has terrific service from both flanks and hard-working midfielders who constantly feed him the ball something that has transformed the Senegalese National Team Captain to world football icon.
Sometimes Mohamed Salah ‘Mo Salah’ could provide Mane with a little more, but their friendly rivalry helps to make our attack so blistering – especially considering Roberto Firmino is selfless in between the pair.
The duo has built a strong attacking force at Anfield and claim to be one of the best forwards in the EPL. After all, the last term, Mane and Salah shared the Golden Boot – so something must be working properly!