Man Utd: What could tempt Haaland to Old Trafford?
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Manchester United, as things stand, have a sublime squad of attacking talent. So it’s pretty scary to think of them having Erling Haaland, too, with the Borussia Dortmund striker their main target for next summer. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and John Murtough are both on the same page when it comes to the Norway international.
United currently have quite a roster.
Cristiano Ronaldo is the talisman of this team, especially after scoring five goals since his summer return from Juventus.
There’s Edinson Cavani, at least for now, with the Uruguay international recently linked with a move to Real Madrid.
They have Jadon Sancho, who joined from Borussia Dortmund after four years of intense speculation.
Mason Greenwood is their bright hope for the future, while Marcus Rashford has barely put a foot wrong since bursting onto the scene in 2016.
And that’s all before getting to the likes of Amad and Anthony Martial.
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But United could be even scarier next season if Murtough and Solskjaer get their way when it comes to landing Haaland from Dortmund.
The Manchester Evening News reported in August that both Old Trafford heavyweights were in ‘mutual agreement’ over the Norway international.
Given his goal record, it’s easy to see why.
United came close to landing Haaland in January of 2020, with Ed Woodward even jetting out to hold talks with the striker.
But they were snubbed for Borussia Dortmund and, ever since, the 21-year-old has been in devastating form.
When he moved to the Westfalenstadion, he responded by netting 13 times in his first 15 Bundesliga matches.
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Last season, that tally was even higher. This time he bagged 27 goals from 28 matches, only being outscored by Robert Lewandowski.
And while United have a plethora of options, Solskjaer and Murtough both feel Haaland can be an Old Trafford hit.
After all, why wouldn’t he be?
Ronaldo’s return means United don’t necessarily need him but they know that, no matter how mercurial the 36-year-old is, he can only go on for so long.
And Haaland has the potential to outdo the forward, having been so deadly throughout his career so far.
He’s confessed in the past he’s a fan of Ronaldo, too.
And that means they’d possibly strike up a connection unlike something the Premier League has previously seen.
Speaking recently, Gary Neville predicted three players would leave to make room for Haaland.
“No,” he said when asked if Ronaldo’s return meant a move for Haaland was off the table.
“No I think Manchester United next year will lose probably Martial, they’ll lose Mata, Cavani will leave because they got another year out of him.
“So it will free places to be filled.
“If Haaland becomes available next summer and they want to do a deal with his agent – which is the big thing with Haaland – then Manchester United should go for him.
“And I don’t think Cristiano coming prevents Haaland joining.”
And he added: “Well Cristiano has played with Benzema, with Bale, with all these great Galacticos at Real Madrid.
“He [Solskjaer] wouldn’t put him on the bench, why would you put him on the bench? You can fit two strikers in a team, surely?”
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