After announcing himself on the biggest club stage, one thing is for sure, Erling Braut Haaland will not be playing his football for Red Bull Salzburg for too much longer. Manchester United have to make a statement and sign the wonderkid.
The Norwegian striker scored three times in the first half in a 6-2 win over Genk, to become the first player since a certain Wayne Rooney to score a hat-trick on his Champions League debut.
Haaland’s dad is Alf Inge Haaland, formerly of Leeds and Manchester City, the defender suffered an injury at the boot of Roy Keane after the pair became becoming engulfed in a feud. Haaland’s dad though has already said this would not be an issue.
Here are three reasons why United should ramp up their interest.
Solskjaer unearthed Haaland
The 19-year-old used to play under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Molde, and it was under the United boss that he made his debut.
Solskjaer will be hoping that his strong affiliation with his compatriot will stand United in good stead when it comes to the young starlet deciding on his next career move.
United’s manager is eager to build his side around a young group of talented players, who have the potential to become elite stars, that will develop together and help bring the Red Devils back to the very top once again.
There is no denying Haaland is box office and the lure of becoming an Old Trafford star is a proposition that few players can turn down.
There is no denying, United are lacking firepower and a natural striker that can score all types of goals.
The departures of Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez have left United short upfront, and with Anthony Martial already missing games due to injuries, could Solskjaer target Haaland in January.
This season Haaland has scored 17 goals in 11 games for the Austrian giants, and it already seems that the Norwegian star has proven he needs to be playing at a higher level. In contrast, United have scored 9 goals in 6 games, four of those were in the opening weekend against Chelsea.
Solskjaer is in the early stages of his rebuild, but the addition of Haaland alongside the likes of Dan James, Marcus Rashford, Martial and Mason Greenwood, and even possibly Jadon Sancho, could be the missing piece of the attacking jigsaw.
Make a statement
All the top clubs in Europe are going to be chasing Haaland’s signature, but if United and Solskjaer can convince him about the direction they are heading in, it would be a real coup.
The early signs indicate that Haaland thrives playing on the big stage and it doesn’t come any bigger than Old Trafford.
This summer he scored nine goals in one game for Norway’s under-20 side against Hondarus, that equals United’s entire tally for the season. The youngster clearly has an obsession for scoring goals.
Unlike the other European powerhouses, Solskjaer would give Haaland playing time and that could prove to be a pivotal factor, when it comes to him choosing his next destination.
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