Sadio Mane

  • Sadio Mane
  • Age24
  • Apps75
  • Contract2018/06/30
  • Height5ft 9in (1.75m)
  • PositionForward

Mane signed a four year deal with Southampton on 1st September 2014, arriving from Red Bull Salzburg for £11.8 million.

2014–15

Mané made his debut on 23 September in a 2–1 League Cup victory over Arsenal, winning the penalty for Southampton’s first goal. He made his first league appearance for the club in another 2–1 victory over Queens Park Rangers four days later, starting and assisting Ryan Bertrand for the first goal of the game.

He scored his first goal for the club in a 8–0 victory over Sunderland on 18 October 2014, although this was subsequently credited as an own goal by Patrick van Aanholt. He did, however, score his first goal in his very next game, a 1–0 win over Stoke City a week later.

In December and January he scored in three successive matches, against Crystal Palace, Chelsea and Arsenal.

Mané scored two late second half winning goals in 1–0 league victories at Queens Park Rangers on 7 February 2015 and at home to Crystal Palace on 3 March 2015 respectively. However, Mané had been dropped from Southampton’s starting line-up for their 0–2 home defeat to Liverpool on 22 February 2015 as a punishment for being late to the stadium.

He scored again, this time at Sunderland in league defeat on 2 May 2015.

On 16th May 2015, during Southampton’s final home match of the season, Mané scored three times in 2 minutes 56 seconds in a 6–1 win over Aston Villa to set a new Premier League record for the fastest hat-trick. The record had been held since 1994 by Robbie Fowler, who scored three against Arsenal in 4 minutes and 33 seconds.

Mané finished the season with 10 goals from 32 appearances in all competitions.

2015–16

Mané began the 2015–16 season by registering two assists in the UEFA Europa League third qualifying round first leg match with Vitesse Arnhem at home and scoring in the return leg, as Southampton eased through to the next round 5–0 on aggregate.

On 2nd December, he took 39 seconds to open the scoring against Liverpool in the quarter-finals of the League Cup, but the Saints eventually lost 6–1 at home.

On 2nd January 2016, he was again dropped from the starting line-up by manager Ronald Koeman for a match at Norwich City when he turned up late for a pre-match meeting.

He received a straight red card on 12th March at the end of a 2–1 win at Stoke City for a collision into Erik Pieters, although this was quickly overturned on appeal.

Having failed to score in the league for over four months, Mané scored twice in a 3–2 victory over Liverpool on 20 March 2016 (despite missing a penalty), followed by five goals in the next five matches, including a hat-trick in a 4–2 victory against Manchester City on 1 May.

He finished the season as Southampton’s top scorer, with 15 goals in all competitions.

On 28th June 2016, Mané joined Liverpool for an initial transfer fee of £34 million on a five-year contract. The transfer fee made him “the most expensive African player in history”.


Further reading: Wikipedia