Richie McCormack
Richie McCormack

16.16 24 Feb 2021


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Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says it would be disrespectful to outwardly declare interest in signing Erling Haaland. 

Solskjaer's fellow Norwegian is arguably the hottest prospect in European football at the moment, having scored 18 goals in 13 Champions League matches by the age of 20.

But Haaland is contracted to Borussia Dortmund until the summer of 2024, and is likely to cost an interested club north of €100million to pry him away from the Bundesliga giants.

United had been reportedly interested in signing Haaland from Red Bull Salzburg just over a year ago. His release clause at the Austrian club eventually saw him sold for what now looks a snip at €20million.

Solskjaer was asked for his appraisal of his former Molde striker's performances at Dortmund so far, saying, "I think when you have had kids and players though as coach, you follow them, of course.

"I still keep in touch with Erling and it's great to see him become the player he has become and I know he'll work to keep improving all the time.

"Erling's a Dortmund player, we wish him well there and let's see what life will bring later on."

But when asked about a potential bid for the striker in the summer, Solskjaer retreated into his club-sponsored shell.

"One, you know I can't speak about Erling because he's with Borussia Dortmund and I think it's disrespectful to talk too much about it other than I know him and I speak to him," Solskjaer said.

"Who wasn’t interested in him a year ago? You'd always take the best players in the world and Erling is a top player.

"For me on the recruitment. There's a boy sat next to me [Daniel James] that proves that, Bruno as well.

"I think the signings we've made since I have come to the club have all improved and complimented the squad.

"That's part of what we do, we have to compliment what we have in our group with a different type of player. I'm happy with our recruitment model and the processes that we go through."

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