Sadio Mane and Victor Wanyama formed a great attacking pair while their time at Southampton. However, 2016 proved to be a disastrous year for the club as the par left them in the same year, both for different teams. While Sadio Mane moved to Liverpool in a high-profile deal, Wanyama also left the Saints for Tottenham Hotspur.
Now that the incident has grown old, Victor Wanyama has revealed Sadio Mane’s frustrations towards his teammates which in somewhat manner forced his exit from the club. Wanyama has said that at one point Mane started feeling that his teammates at Southampton did not want to pass the ball to him.
Wanyama, who left St Mary’s Stadium for Tottenham in the same summer as Mane departed has now shed light on Mane’s frustration with his teammates.
Victor Wanyama Reveals Sadio Mane’s Frustration At Southampton
“We were like a family under one father [Mauricio] Pochettino, but Mane and I forged a bigger brotherhood bond. [Morgan] Schneiderlin was also a great friend,” Wanyama said.
“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 don’t 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,” Victor Wanyama added.
Sadio Mane Had Impressive Stats Coming Into Liverpool
The Senegal international forward joined the Saints in the summer of 2014 and found the target on 25 occasions across 75 appearances – with that return including the Premier League’s quickest hat-trick. His efforts on the south coast would earn him a high-profile switch to Liverpool in 2016, with Mane’s game having been taken to even greater heights at Anfield.
Mane and the entire Liverpool squad returned to training from May 18 after it was announced that Premier League is planning a restart after the onslaught of the coronavirus pandemic. Liverpool are currently on top of the Premier League points table and need only 2 wins in their 9 games to lift the trophy this year.