A Man United transfer for Erling Haaland almost felt like an inevitability twelve months ago. Now, the Norwegian striker is absolutely flying.
It was gutting when Erling Haaland chose Borussia Dortmund, particularly when Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has such a close relationship with the young forward.
Whether we like it or not, Haaland certainly made the right decision. Just look at him now, the Leeds-born front man is banging in the goals for fun, looking like arguably the best striker in the world.
All the news suggests that Haaland is still a United transfer target, with Solskjaer fuelling that fire in his recent press conference, as he was full of praise for his countryman.
When asked directly about Haaland, Ole had this to say:
“I think when you have had kids and players though as coach, you follow them, of course.” Solskjaer said in his presser, per ManUtd.com.
“I still keep in touch with Erling and it’s great to see him become the player he has become and I know he’ll work to keep improving all the time. Erling’s a Dortmund player, we wish him well there and let’s see what life will bring later on.”
The little ‘let’s see’ line at the end has us all wishing that Haaland will wear the famous Red jersey one day, that’s for sure.
I guess we have to be positive about this one, particularly as Haaland is still only 20. When you hear whispers of a relatively low release clause that activates in 2022, there’s every chance United will push hard to sign him then – particularly if Solskjaer is still at the helm.
Haaland is a player who’d improve any side in world football. Anthony Martial is struggling, Edinson Cavani is no spring chicken and Marcus Rashford is far better out on the wing. I’d argue United’s need to sign Haaland is probably even greater than it was twelve months ago.
Reading between the lines a little, it’s nice to see that Solskjaer is still keen on adding the 20-year-old.