United are apparently out of the race to sign Haaland in the summer

Manchester United have been linked with Erling Haaland repeatedly for the last three seasons.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer failed to sign his countryman in January 2020 when he moved to Borussia Dortmund, and he is expected to leave the German outfit this summer.

That is when his €75 million (£64.2 million) release clause becomes active, but ESPN claim he will not be heading to Old Trafford.

Real Madrid are the current frontrunners, with Manchester City also realistic contenders in the chase – but Haaland does not fancy a move to United.

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The report claims that Haaland does not see United as a viable option given the uncertainty at the club, not least who will be the manager next season.

Haaland has been on fire again this term, with 22 goals in 19 games across all competitions and United need a long-term centre-forward because Cristiano Ronaldo and Edinson Cavani are 37 and 34 respectively.

There is also the additional issue of Mino Raiola, who left United out of a list of potential summer suitors for Haaland in a recent interview.

And it seems United are set to miss out on Haaland again this summer.

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One potential benefit of Raiola being Haaland’s agent is it means he will likely be on the move again before too long.

Of course, if he does join City at this juncture, it is very hard to picture him crossing the divide and wearing the red shirt at any point during his career.

From that point of view, it would be better if he did go to Madrid.

This is the knock-on effect of indecision

In another timeline, United acted decisively over Solskjaer’s future, and had their long-term manager already in situ, working towards his blueprint and identifying targets.

As it stands, United have an interim boss, which makes it hard for any potential targets to think about coming to Old Trafford because they do not know who their manager will be.

On top of that, decisions on the likes of Paul Pogba are left to drift because of Ralf Rangnick’s temporary situation, and longer term club targets like Haaland may decide to go elsewhere.

This may become a theme, with the likes of Declan Rice and Jude Bellingham also in United’s sights, but potentially opting for clubs with settled managers and defined philosophies.

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Sam Preston is an NCTJ gold standard news and sports journalist who studied with the Press Association. He also has a 2:1 law with French law degree from the University of Birmingham, which included a year studying at Bordeaux Montaigne University. He is an FA Level 1 football coach who appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show in 2018 and has also written digital football content and match-day programme pieces for Colchester United, Mansfield Town and Stockport County.