Man Utd: Solskjaer reacts to Haaland breaking record
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Manchester United chief John Murtough is in agreement with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer over Erling Haaland, according to reports. The Norway international has been in blistering form for Borussia Dortmund this season. And a move to Old Trafford could be on the cards when the transfer window reopens this summer.
Manchester United have seen their strikers struggle this season.
While Edinson Cavani has scored seven goals since his arrival on a free transfer, his current injury issues are preventing him from leading the line every week.
Anthony Martial has regressed, with the France international scoring just four Premier League goals from 22 appearances.
And Mason Greenwood, while he excelled against West Ham in the No 9 role on Sunday, has failed to kick on after finding the net 17 times last term.
With United’s attackers faltering, Solskjaer is keen to sign a new marksman.
And the Manchester Evening News say the 48-year-old and Murtough, the club’s new football director, are in agreement over Haaland.
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The Dortmund star came close to moving to Old Trafford back in the January transfer window of 2019.
Solskjaer jetted out to Austria to try and rubber-stamp a deal for the striker, who was strutting his stuff for Red Bull Salzburg at the time.
But United ended up missing out, blaming Mino Raiola and the super-agent’s big wage demands for their failure to get a deal over the line.
Their loss has been Dortmund’s gain, however, with the Bundesliga giants seeing Haaland establish himself as one of the world’s best young players at the Westfalenstadion.
He’s scored 47 goals in 48 games for the Bundesliga giants, while scoring a combined total of 37 goals for Dortmund and Norway across all competitions this season.
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And United could now bring him to Old Trafford.
Any deal for the Norwegian won’t be straightforward, however, with Europe’s elite also keen to strike a deal at the end of the campaign.
Chelsea are big admirers of Haaland, with Thomas Tuchel seeking an upgrade on Olivier Giroud and Tammy Abraham when it comes to the No 9 position.
Real Madrid could swoop for the Dortmund star as an alternative to Kylian Mbappe, who is currently their preferred target.
Manchester City will need a replacement for Sergio Aguero, who is widely expected to seal a move to Barcelona.
And Barcelona themselves may go in for Haaland, though would struggle to stump the cash Dortmund would require to part ways with their prized asset.
Solskjaer recently talked up Haaland, saying: “It is clear that Erling is going to have a fantastic career.
“I follow Erling. I have always said that. Was it 18 months we had together or something like that?
“Almost two years, perhaps. A fantastic time. He will surely have a super career both for Norway and his club. He is doing incredibly well for Dortmund.
“We will see where he ends up. As a Norwegian and someone who has worked with him, it is of course great that he is doing so well.”
And Raiola recently claimed only 10 clubs could afford his client.
“It is obvious that everybody is looking at Erling as one of those potential new future stars because it’s so difficult to do what he does at his age at his level,” he said.
“He will be one of the future stars of the next decade because we see that stars such as Ibrahimovic, Ronaldo and Messi are coming to an age where everyone asks themselves: ‘How long can we still enjoy them?’ So everyone is looking for the new generation.
“Only a maximum of 10 clubs can afford to buy [Haaland] and give the platform you would like after you’ve been in Dortmund… and four of those clubs are in [England].
“I don’t think there’s a sports director or trainer in the world who would say ‘not interested’.
“It’s like saying: ‘Is there a Formula 1 team who would not be interested in having Lewis Hamilton?'”
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