Can United afford to wait on Erling Haaland?

Erling Haaland scored his 21st goal of the season at the weekend for Red Bull Salzburg.

It is not even November yet, and the prolific young Norwegian is putting himself firmly on Manchester United’s radar.

Haaland worked under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Molde and his dad recently told Norwegian outlet TV2 he could consider a move to United.

United can’t afford to wait on this one. Six of his Champions League goals have come in the Champions League, in just three games. Three of these have come against Liverpool and Napoli.

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Strike now

The numbers Haaland is putting up are staggering. He is relentless, as shown by the nine goals he scored for Norway’s under-20 side in the summer in one match against Honduras. (These are not included in his 21 goal season tally).

He is a killer in front of goal and at the rate he is going, he will easily reach or surpass 30 goals by time January comes around.

United have to look ahead, and be smart. That means moving for Haaland early.

While they may fear buying Haaland would be a risk in January, he will be a lot more expensive in the summer.

At the rate he is going, he could near 50 goals for his club in all competitions by time the season is done. It’s a lot, but its very viable the way he is playing.

At that point, competition for Haaland’s signature will seriously increase. His price tag will soar too.

In January, United could be quoted anything between £40-70 million for Haaland.

By the end of the season, it could get even crazier. And when it’s £80 million plus, United will be kicking themselves for not moving earlier.

Anthony Martial has returned to provide a spark to United’s attack. But it should not be forgotten how bad we looked without him.

Haaland is a proper number nine, who will give United shape, and a serious goal threat.

Any young player is a risk, but Haaland’s Champions League exploits mark him out as a generational talent.

United can minimise the risk element of a transfer by buying him in January, than wait for his price to escalate even higher next June.

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