Man Utd: What could tempt Haaland to Old Trafford?
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Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has spoken out ahead of his side’s Premier League clash with Brighton on Sunday. The Red Devils go into that game refreshed after the international break. And they’ll be looking to pick up all three points at Old Trafford.
Manchester United go into the match against Brighton with Erling Haaland transfer talk rumbling on in the background.
The Norway international is Solskjaer’s top transfer target ahead of the summer window, having scored 31 goals for Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga and Champions League combined.
On Thursday, it emerged Mino Raiola had talked with Barcelona and Real Madrid about signing the 20-year-old at the end of the campaign.
And Solskjaer has now broken his silence, insisting only Haaland will have a say in his future.
“I am focussing on the next two months and the ones who are here,” he said.
“It is not fair to talk about Erling as Man Utd manager. He will make his own mind up.”
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Haaland isn’t United’s only target.
Raphael Varane remains of interest amid uncertainty over his Real Madrid future, while Neymar and Kylian Mbappe are being monitored behind the scenes.
And Solskjaer has admitted the club have a certain view on August already.
“We have a plan and a plan we want to happen,” he said.
“Two months is a long time, couple of players who future hasn’t been decided yet.
“We have certain picture for August, yeah.”
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Solskjaer also opened up on the difficulties of choosing between David De Gea and Dean Henderson in goal.
“I have the great option of two top goalkeepers and it’s a pleasure to have them here,” said Solskjaer.
“The two keepers will probably be needed in these last nine-plus games and they know we value them both really highly.
“It’s difficult to leave one of them out. It’s easy to give the nod to one and say they’ll play, but it’s a difficult decision to leave one out.
“We’ve got nine-plus games to go, so I’m sure you’ll see both of them playing in goal for us.
“I understand the question and the narrative in the media. Where there’s tension, or where there can be potential tension and controversy, that’s when everyone wants to hear a comment from me.
“I’ve got great options in both of them, but that will be decided on merit and we have to think who’s going to give us a win on any given day.”
On injuries, he added: “It’s always difficult when you send them away on an international break, you keep your fingers crossed they’ll be available for you.
“I don’t know about Anthony, he didn’t join in training this morning, but Marcus and Mason trained for the first time this morning and hopefully they can get through that.
“If they can complete the full session tomorrow, they might be available for selection on Sunday.”
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