Man Utd previously missed out on signing Erling Haaland with the striker concerned that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer may not be at the helm long-term, but his recent contract extension will have put those fears to bed
Erling Haaland admits rumoured fee is ‘a lot of money’
Manchester United are hoping that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s new contract will give them an edge in the race to land Erling Haaland.
Borussia Dortmund’s Norwegian striker credits Solskjaer for playing a huge role in his development when the United boss was in charge of Molde.
But Haaland rejected the chance to move to Old Trafford when he left RB Saltzburg in 2019 because he feared that Solskjaer’s future was in the balance.
He had seen how United had ruthlessly sacked David Moyes, Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho for their failure to bring back the glory days.
Haaland was worried that his career would suffer if he joined a club that seemed to be in a constant state of turmoil following Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement.
A clause in Haaland’s contract means he will be available for £68million next year – and the striker will have his choice of clubs in England, Spain, Germany and Italy to choose from.
United are certain to be in the running after convincing 34-year-old Edinson Cavani to lead their attack for another season.
And the chance for Haaland to once again play under Solskjaer and link-up with former Dortmund team-mate Jadon Sancho will be a huge attraction.
Solskjaer signed a new three-year contract last weekend after getting the new signings he wanted to launch a sustained title bid this season.
He gave Haaland his debut as a teenager and Molde and the pair have maintained a close relationship.