Erling Haaland has message for Manchester United after completing surprise transfer


Erling Braut Haaland has explained why he opted to move to Borussia Dortmund despite interest from Manchester United.

United managed to sell powerhouse striker Romelu Lukaku during the summer transfer window after months of speculation, but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer failed to delve into his transfer kitty to add an adequate forward to the front-line and lead the attack.

But there has been some rumours in the media over the last few weeks which have suggested that Solskjaer may be given some funds in the coming transfer window to add a striker to his front-line, with Haaland reportedly high up on the shopping list.

However, despite the big interest from United, Haaland made the shock decision to join Dortmund, and he has now revealed just why he decided to join the German side.

“I had intensive discussions with the club management and the sports management, especially with Hans-Joachim Watzke, Michael Zorc and trainer Lucien Favre,” the striker told the club’s official website.

“There was a feeling right from the start that I absolutely wanted to switch to this club, go this route and play football in this incredible Dortmund atmosphere in front of more than 80,000 spectators. I’m already burning for it.”

Borussia Dortmund’s CEO, Hans-Joachim Watzke, added: “Despite many offers from absolute top clubs from all over Europe, Erling Haaland decided on the sporting task at BVB and the perspective that we have shown him. Our tenacity has paid off.

“We can all look forward to an ambitious, athletic and physically strong center forward with a pronounced goal instinct and impressive speed, which we would like to develop further in Dortmund.

“At the age of 19, Erling is of course just beginning a hopefully great career!

Haaland is a brilliantly gifted young man that could have been a great bit of business by the Red Devils, so it will be a massive shame to see that he has decided to make that move to Dortmund, rather than the big step up to the Premier League.

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