‘He can break open a match’ – Louis van Gaal reveals he tried to sign this Bundesliga star for Manchester United

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Louis van Gaal has revealed that he tried to sign Sadio Mane when he was in charge at Manchester United.

The Senegal forward, who was ruled out of the 2022 World Cup with a knee injury on the eve of the tournament, instead joined Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool in 2016.

“‘I wanted him when I was the manager at Man Utd,” Van Gaal said, lumping praise on the Bayern Munich forward during a press conference.

“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.”