Ole Gunnar Solskjaer jets to Norway for private transfer meeting with Erling Haaland


Erling Braut Haaland met with Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on Friday (Picture: Instagram)

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer reportedly held private talks with Erling Haaland on Friday to convince him to join Manchester United ahead of the January transfer window.

Haaland has had a barnstorming start to the campaign with Salzburg, scoring 28 goals in 22 games, and the 19-year-old’s red-hot form has made him one of the most sought after players in Europe.

Borussia Dortmund and Leipzig have both held discussions with Haaland’s representatives over recent days and United are also firmly in the race to land the Norway striker.

According to The Daily Mail, Solskjaer is convinced by Haaland’s potential and has taken it upon himself to ensure United don’t miss out on the highly-rated youngster.

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The report claims Solskjaer – who briefly managed Haaland at Molde – flew home to Norway to meet the forward before returning for the Red Devils’ clash with Everton this weekend.

Earlier this week, The Guardian claimed Haaland is concerned he would play second fiddle to the likes of Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford if he completed a move to Old Trafford this winter.

Haaland, who Salzburg value at around £60million, would also favour a club playing Champions League football.

Haaland has scored 28 goals for Salzburg this season (Picture: Getty)

Back in September, Haaland revealed the ‘huge impact’ Solskjaer has had on his career and hinted at a possible switch to the Premier League.

‘He has had a huge impact on my life, both as a person and as a trainer,’ the teenager told Norwegian outlet TV2.

‘He won the Champions League and was an incredibly good player. He has taught me a lot.’

‘I have dreamed of playing for the best clubs in the world my whole life, and I especially like English football.’

Haaland is also wanted by Borussia Dortmund and Leipzig (Picture: Getty)

Dimitar Berbatov has urged United to abandon their move for Haaland as such a move may hamper the development of the likes of Rashford and Mason Greenwood.

‘If United’s attacking players can perform as well as they did against Tottenham, and Anthony Martial plays to his potential when he returns from injury, then there’s no need for Ole to sign a striker in January,’ the ex-United attacker told Betfair.

‘Bringing in a new forward at this point could even discourage the players that United already have.

‘I know there’s speculation about Erling Braut Haaland coming to Old Trafford.

He’s a big centre-forward, an old fashioned target man who scores tap-ins, so he would offer United something different, but they need to think carefully about how he would fit into their style of play.’

He continued: ‘Manchester United outplayed Tottenham at Old Trafford by moving the ball quickly, being aggressive and generally playing with the kind of purpose that United fans expect to see.

‘The movement of Jesse Lingard, Mason Greenwood and especially Marcus Rashford was excellent and the team’s performance was a big step in the right direction.

‘Rashford scored his first goal from a difficult angle and, even though Paulo Gazzaniga should have saved his shot, it gave the United striker the belief that this was his night. That’s why he was shooting from long-range and playing with great confidence.

‘He confused Tottenham’s defenders with his skills, they were rattled by his pace and power, which is why Moussa Sissoko conceded the penalty in the second-half.’

 

 

 





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