Like many players, the dream of rubbing shoulders with the best footballers led Sadio Mané to join Southampton in England. Talent unveiled in Senegal and confirmed at Red Bull Salzburg, it was with the Saints that he revealed himself to the general public.
A hat-trick in three minutes for his first season in the Premier League
This is undoubtedly what catches the most attention during the passage of Sadio Mané in Southampton. It was during the 2014 – 2015 season. When he had just joined the Saints, the Senegalese inscribed his name in the annals of the club and the Premier League. Against Aston Villa on May 16, 2015, he scored the fastest hat-trick in football history. In exactly two minutes and 56 seconds, he had crucified the Villans with three goals scored in the 13th, 14th and 16th minute of play before delivering an assist on his last goal. Victory 6-1. It is undoubtedly a benchmark match in his career, the match that made him famous. This season he has played 30 Premier League games for 11 goals.
A more successful second season and the departure for Liverpool
The following season, Sadio Mané continued his momentum in the English top flight. He again planted 11 goals and 7 assists in his 37 league appearances. He had also played one game in the FA Cup, two games for three goals in the English League Cup, and three games in UEFA Europa League qualification for one goal. In all, it’s 43 games for 15 goals and 8 assists in all competitions, during his last season with the Saints.
This is undoubtedly what caught the eye of Liverpool, who had given themselves the means to recruit this player who will later be part of the history of the club forever.