Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s 2018 Erling Haaland comments cast doubt over transfer

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s 2018 comments regarding the allegiances of Erling Haaland suggest he would reject the chance to join Manchester United from Borussia Dortmund.

The 20-year-old Norway international striker has managed 49 goals in 49 games since switching Red Bull Salzburg for the Bundesliga after progressing at Molde.

Haaland scored 20 goals in 50 appearances under the current United boss for his first senior club, with Solskjaer having to address transfer speculation during the early days of his career.

When asked about a possible move to Old Trafford, Solskjaer compared him to Romelu Lukaku before mentioning how Erling’s father Alf-Inge played for Leeds and Manchester City between 1997 and 2003.

According to VG, Solskjaer said back in July of 2018: “He can become a top striker for sure. He reminds me of the type of striker [Romelu] Lukaku is. There is a lot of interest.

“Bids have been received from good clubs earlier this year, we have said no to them.

“But that is not something he should think about, he has to live with speculation for the rest of his life.”

When asked if United scouts were watching on, he added: “But with a father who has played for Leeds and Manchester City, I do not think Manchester United tempts him so much!”

Speaking to Sky Sports earlier this week, Solskjaer said of the forward: "You can see the personality. He came as a 16-year-old, of course, you never know with injuries, he struggled really badly with bad knees when he came. But I could see someone with a personality.

"I remember him brushing off and putting our centre-back and centre midfielders, two big, massive lads, he put them on the floor and asked them to get up. He's a winner.

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  • "He's got a great personality, of course. He's proving to everyone how good a player he is.

    "We played against Zenit in the Europa League play-off and the referee came to me after and said, 'He'll play in the Champions League soon.' We did know.

    "He's a top personality. I played with Alf, he's a bit old school in that respect. He's a winner."

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