Reports linking Erling Haaland to Manchester United are getting stronger. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer fuelled the speculation on Sunday.
United’s club website reported a quote from Solskjaer on Haaland, with the manager speaking cryptically about the transfer target.
He said: “He knows want he wants to do, so I don’t have to give advice to any other team’s players.”
BBC Sport reported that Solskjaer travelled to Austria on Friday to hold talks with the striker.
Haaland is a player we would love to see wearing United red. Here is a look at three reasons why he could be a terrific signing…
It is an obvious point, but United have not scored enough goals this season. 26 in 17 Premier League games is poor by our standards.
Haaland has 28 on his own this season in all competitions, and he is the type of striker United need to break teams down.
This season we have drawn too many games, and matches we have lost have been by the odd goal. Haaland would convert some of these results into wins.
He can be the ruthless striker United need in the penalty box and his performances in the Champions League this season show he is ready now, with eight goals scored in six matches.
This season has shown that Anthony Martial is not the answer to lead the line. He’s an option, but he can’t do it on his own.
Haaland is a natural striker and a deadly finisher. He’s a focal point United can build around, and he can star at Old Trafford for the next decade if he signs.
It helps Mason Greenwood
There will naturally be some worries about what Haaland’s potential arrival means for Mason Greenwood. The United youngster has netted seven goals already this season.
The simple answer here is that you can never have too many good players.
Remember when Carlos Tevez was viewed as too similar to Wayne Rooney? United found a way to fit both players in, and we went on to win the Champions League.
Greenwood is an elite talent and he will find his way into the XI, alongside Haaland.
He has the benefit of being able to play wide, and behind a striker as well as leading the line. Over the course of the season, both players will be vital.
There is also a case to protect Greenwood and not thrust him into too big a role right away. He already looks like United’s best finisher and there’s a temptation to make him a weekly starter.
Bringing in Haaland alleviates the pressure on Greenwood, which would grow immeasurably if Anthony Martial or Marcus Rashford picked up an injury. It’s a smart move and helps the United youngster out.
Haaland is a player who would attract a lot of attention from defenders. This in turn will open up space for Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood and the pair could both see their games flourish.
Champions League place is up for grabs
A move for Haaland would be a big statement from United, and it would give the club a big boost of securing Champions League football next season.
United are just four points off the top four, and Haaland can help us stop dropping points.
He is the game changer United need to add, the striker who can help us convert draws into wins, to start progressing up the table. Chelsea, City and Leicester can all be caught if United go on a run of form.
Last season United narrowly missed out on Champion League football and a January addition or two could have changed that.
A move for Haaland would be a big step in ensuring the same mistake is not made again.
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