'Mane is trying, he just needs to adapt'

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Sadio Mane and Thomas Muller
Sadio Mane and Thomas Muller

Bayern Munich manager Julian Nagelsmann has insisted that ex-Liverpool superstar Sadio Mane still needs time to adapt after a run of poor form in front of goal for his new club.

In the most recent transfer window, the Senegal star ended his six-year spell at Anfield and made the switch to the Allianz Arena for a reported fee of €32 million (R557 million).

It quickly appeared the Bavarians had spent their money well as Mane scored five goals in his first six games for the club.

However, the forward has not found the back of net in his past four appearances since and was substituted off in the 70th minute of Bayern's 2-0 UEFA Champions League win over FC Barcelona on Tuesday night after failing to register a shot on target.

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His manager Nagelsmann, though, is not concerned, believing Mane just needs more time to adapt to his new surroundings and team.

"He put in so much for Liverpool," the German manager explained after the UCL match, per the Daily Mirror.

"He's a new signing.

"He just needs to adapt. He was trying.

"I'm certain he will succeed for us."

Prior to the Bavarians' latest Champions League victory, the head coach had also claimed that Mane's peak is still to come.

"Sometimes (he is) maybe too critical. That he thinks a tad too much," Nagelsmann told reporters, per Goal.

"I told him that he could have more self-confidence and more confidence in his abilities as a leader.

"Of course, we don't have much time. If everyone starts to see for six months what we can and can’t do, a lot of the games will already be over.

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"So, he's welcome to be even more self-confident and a bit, how shall I say, act positively more arrogant.

"Too much of it isn't good either. But I'm not critical of his performance.

"I don't think he's reached his peak yet. I’m looking forward to his peak."

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