Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed he is in contact with Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland, who has scored 43 goals in 43 games for the German giants since his arrival from Red Bull Salzburg.
The Norwegian’s explosive form has undoubtedly attracted interests from clubs all over the world, with Manchester United among them. Having coached Haaland during his days at Molde, Solskjaer met with the striker before his move to Germany.
Although Man United met Haaland’s release clause before his move to Dortmund, they were unable to agree on the conditions of transfer. Speaking to reporters ahead of their second leg Europa League tie against Real Sociedad, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer revealed he is in touch with Haaland. On asked if he would like to see Haaland at United, Solskjaer said “I think when you have had kids and players through as a coach you follow them, of course.“
“I keep in touch with Erling. It’s great to see him become the player he has become and I know he’ll work to improve all the time. He’s a Dortmund player, we just wish him well there and let’s see what life will bring later on.“
“I think it’s disrespectful to talk too much about it, apart from that I know him and I speak to him.”
“Who wasn’t interested in him a year ago? Everyone would say they’d take the best players in the world and Erling is a top player. I think we’ve done well with recruitment. There’s a boy sat next to me here (Dan James) who proves that, Bruno as well.“
“I think the signings we’ve made since I’ve come to the club have all contributed and added to the squad, and that’s part of what we have to do.”
“We have to complement what we have in our group with other different types of players and also young players, so I’m happy with our recruitment model and the processes we go through.”