- Premier league legends Shearer, Ian Wright, and Gary Lineker have backed Mane's challenge on Ederson
- Mane was shown a straight red card for challenge on City goalkeeper Ederson
- The Senegalese striker has taken to his Instagram page to wish the goalkeeper a speedy recovery
Match of the Day pundits, Alan Shearer, Ian Wright, and Gary Lineker all agree they would have made the gone for the challenge like Mane did on Manchester City goalkeeper Ederson.
The pundits all agree that Sadio Mane did the right thing in challenging Manchester City keeper Ederson for the ball, even though the nature of the Liverpool forward's tackle rightly saw him sent off.
The red card shown to Mane during his side's 5-0 defeat at the Etihad has been hotly contested, with fans and former players divided over fairness of the sending off.
However, the three Match of the Day stars, all concur that they would have made the exact challenge.
Speaking on Saturday night's Match of the Day, Shearer said Mane's sending off was justified, as the referee was following the rules correctly.
He then added that: "Would want and expect my player to go for that ball, all day long."
"I prefer to see red cards for intent and deliberate violent conduct. But that's where we are now. Accident or not it is a red card.
"Wrighty, I'm pretty sure you'd go for that ball. Gary, I'm pretty sure you'd go for that ball. And I know I would go for that ball."
Lineker agreed, saying "You've got to go for that". Wright also thinks Mane did the right thing in making the challenge.
"You know if you flick that past him, you've got an open goal."
Mane has issued an apology to Ederson after the incident.
Ederson was taken off on a stretcher in the 37th minute before having scans on his jaw and cheekbone following the sickening collision.
The summer recruit from Benfica was later released after he was given the all-clear by doctors.
And Mane took to Instagram to write: "I hope and wish Ederson a quick recovery.
"I am so sorry he was hurt during our accidental collision on the pitch and am sorry for him that he could not complete the match because of it.
"I pray he heals fast and is back playing very soon because he is highest quality player."
Ederson joined Manchester City for £35 million (€40 million) from Benfica, making him the second most expensive goalkeeper of all-time, after Gianluigi Buffon.
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