Should Manchester United sign up powerfully built striker Haaland in January as Solskjaer instructs move to be made
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has reportedly instructed Manchester United to sign striker Erling Braut Haaland, but should they make a move?
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.
Haaland burst on the scene this season and on Tuesday he scored his seventh goal in four Champions League appearances, which is two more than any other player in the same number of games in the competition’s history.
Now Norwegian newspaper Dagbladet report that Solskjaer wants to push ahead with a move for the teenager and has told the hierarchy to try and get the big striker signed.
However, any move for Haaland will likely have to wait until the summer, with the youngster happy and settled at Salzburg and targeting silverware in several competitions.
Alf-Inge, who played for Manchester City, Leeds and Nottingham Forest as a player, insists his son is made for the Premier League, but is in “no hurry” to make the switch to England after a stunning start to the season for Red Bull Salzburg.
His dad told talkSPORT: “At one stage he would like to play in the Premier League, but when that will happen I don’t know. It is a very tough league.
“Up to now he is ahead of the stage we thought he would be at. He is built for the Premier League, but whether that will happen now or at a later stage, we don’t know.
“He is at Salzburg – a fantastic club playing Champions League – so in a way he is in no hurry.
“They have shown from the past that they are a ‘middle step’ club and, if they are going to recruit players in the future, they can’t put a stupid price tag on the players because nobody would want to go there.
“He was a Leeds fan and a City fan and a Nottingham Forest fan; he followed me obviously, but that is what you do in your youth, It is different being a supporter and having a job, but he was born in Leeds.”
The lad is clearly talented and is scoring goals for fun, but he still needs time to make a name for himself in the game before he can lead a United side and the Red Devils need to seriously consider signing a world class forward before trying to sign this young man.
But he may not be the answer to their short term issues and they should try and acquire a more established ‘world class’ hitman.