Sadio Mane has made a quick impression at Bayern Munich, that much is clear. He scored one and had two goals disallowed in the club’s entertaining 5-3 Super Cup win over RB Leipzig on Sunday. One trophy and lots of fun had already.
That was the overriding emotion from Jamal Musiala when putting the Mane question to him in the mixed zone after the game in Leipzig. The young midfielder’s eyes lit up. “He is an amazing player and a very nice guy as well,” Musiala told Sky Sports.
“As soon as he came into the team he felt welcome. There was no awkwardness. He fitted right into the family. Whenever he is on the pitch we can all have fun. He is amazing, his one-on-one dribbling, his scoring, his ideas. It is just fun when he is on the pitch.”
Mane certainly seemed to be enjoying himself, although the goal itself, late in the first half, was a curious one. His reaction as the ball hit the net was delayed for a moment. It was as if even he could not believe the space in which he found himself inside the box.
The hugely impressive Musiala had broken the defensive line and Serge Gnabry’s centre had made the finish simple. If his Bayern teammates keep laying goals on like this then maybe Mane could yet match Robert Lewandowski’s extraordinary output.
But the real story of his summer move is that he will not need to.
Lewandowski averaged over 50 goals per season in his last three years at Bayern before his contentious transfer to Barcelona last month. Mane offers something else. There is excitement surrounding him. A genuine belief that he might make Bayern better.