Erling Haaland is proving his Champions League hat-trick last month was no flash in the pan.

He became the first place since Wayne Rooney for us in 2004 to net three on his Champions League debut.

Since then for Red Bull Salzburg he has scored one at Anfield, and then last night he scored two, in a 3-2 loss to Napoli.

That brings his tally to six in three games. At just 19, he is a phenomenal prospect.

Haaland may have admitted to getting tired of the transfer speculation already, but he can’t avoid it.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer worked with him at Molde and his dad told Norwegian outlet TV2 last month that he is open to a him moving to Manchester United.

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Competition

Haaland’s talent is off the scale. He has now scored 20 goals in 13 games this season.

Clubs don’t need to have Ed Woodward’s supposed super scouts to know just how good he is.

Barcelona and Real Madrid are also keen, The Express report, amid claims he could be available for £50 million.

 

Get him in

That fee could quickly rise. There are three more Champions League games to play. How many goals will he score?

The good news is that Salzburg are third in their group and face elimination as it stands.

This would boost United’s hopes of convincing him to join in January.

Roy Keane spoke this week about United needing to be aggressive in the transfer market and sign the best players, saying Harry Kane needed to be bought.

That isn’t likely to be possible, but a deal for Haaland should be, despite the competition.

If United can take some steps forward between now and January, a move to Old Trafford will become attractive. We already have an edge with his former Molde boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in charge.

He is making a major impact. For instance, reported United target Moussa Dembele has failed to score in his three Champions League games this season. Haaland has six.

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