Ian Wright thinks Manchester United made a ‘big mistake’ by not clinching the transfer of Liverpool attacker Sadio Mane.
The Senegalese was heavily linked with a transfer to Old Trafford before leaving Southampton to sign for Liverpool back in 2016.
Since moving to Anfield, Mane has won the Premier League, Club World Cup, UEFA Champions League and the Premier League Golden Boot – becoming one of the most feared forwards in Europe.
Wright, the former Arsenal attacker, is a big admirer of the Senegal international and says he is ‘now easily one of the best in the world’.
And he believes the Red Devils lived to regret failing to secure his signature four seasons ago.
‘Remember Man United were all over him, you know. I think they spoke to him but he said no,’ Ian said on his new podcast Wrighty’s House.
‘Manchester United weren’t right for him. Again, you feel like Man United made a big mistake by not making that signing.
‘By not being in the position to make that signing. As a football team, they were nowhere near giving him the kind of philosophy, what they’re going to do to attract a player like Mane. He’s now easily one of the best in the world.’
Elsewhere, Manchester United are allegedly preparing to battle the likes of Juventus and Barcelona for the signature of Ajax sensation Ryan Gravenberch in 2021.
The 18-year-old, who has contributed two assists in six games for Ajax this season, is said to be a transfer target for both Juve and Barca.
However, according to The Mirror, the Red Devils are also firmly in the hunt for the Netherlands youth international.
The report states that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side are ‘keeping tabs’ on the versatile midfielder as they weigh up a move in either January or at the end of the 2020-21 term.