Erling Haaland ‘told Ole Gunnar Solskjaer he wanted to join Manchester United’ during talks Mino Raiola was not at
Feb. 18, 2020
Erling Haaland reportedly told Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Ed Woodward that he wanted to join Manchester United in January.
The striker was heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford thanks to his blistering start to the 2019/20 season with Red Bull Salzburg.
Solskjaer and Woodward are understood to have met Haaland on December 13 in a bid to get him signed up.
However, Haaland opted to join German giants Borussia Dortmund, where he’s made a blistering start having scored nine goals in just six appearances.
He even scooped the Bundesliga Player of the Month record for January, despite playing less than an hour of football in the month.
But it could have been Man United benefiting from his red-hot form with The Athletic claiming the Norwegian was keen to join Man United.
“But ultimately the striker changed his mind and signed for the German club.”
Man United reportedly tried to cut Mino Raiola, who represents Haaland, out of a deal to bring the player to Old Trafford and it’s understood the super agent wasn’t present for those talks in Austria.
The Red Devils have had a fractious relationship with Raiola since Paul Pogba re-signed for the club in 2016 even though legendary manager Sir Alex Ferguson had spoken of his relief to end all ties with Raiola when Pogba left in 2012.
The Premier League club’s relationship with Raiola hit a new low this week, the Italian calling out Solskjaer on Twitter for comments made about the future of Pogba.
Minutes before Man United’s trip to Chelsea on Monday night, Raiola tweeted: “Paul is not mine and for sure not Solskjaer’s property, Paul is Paul Pogba’s. You cannot own a human being already for a long time in the UK or anywhere else.
“I hope Solskjaer do (sic) not want to suggest that Paul is his prisoner…
“I think Solskjaer may be frustrated for different reasons and is now mixing up some issues. I think that Solskjaer has other things to worry about. At least if I was him I would.”
Solskjaer refused to comment on Raiola’s outburst after the match but former Crystal Palace owner Simon Jordan called Raiola out for creating a ‘culture of division’ at Man United in an explosive debate LIVE on talkSPORT on Tuesday. Below you can see a clip of the incredible interview.
Simon Jordan takes on super-agent Mino Raiola over his Man United feud
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