Revealed – Why Erling Haaland didn’t sign for Manchester United even after holding negotiations with the Red Devils

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The in-form striker went on to join Borussia Dortmund from Red Bull Salzburg in an £18m deal during the January transfer window.

Erling Haaland told Manchester United that he wanted to join them in the January transfer window, only to change his mind a few weeks later.

The Norwegian striker was one of the most sought-after players in European football in January following his blistering form for Austrian outfit RB Salzburg in all competitions.

Haaland held meetings with several top European clubs last month to determine which move would be the most beneficial for his career.

And according to The Athletic, the 19-year-old informed Man United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward in a meeting that he wanted a move to the Old Trafford.

Why Haaland didn’t sign for United?

Why Erling Haaland didn’t sign for Manchester United even after holding negotiations with the Red Devils
Erling Haaland has had a meteoric rise to stardom. Is he destined for the very top? Copyright: imago images / MIS

The online news publication further claims that the player held talks with the United’s higher-ups in Salzburg on December 13 regarding a potential move to the Premier League.

Solskjaer traveled alongside Woodward to the Austrian capital as the duo was eager to complete the deal that would have seen the highly-rated Norwegian pull on a United jersey.

Their plans didn’t prove to be successful however, with the 19-year-old opting for an £18m move to Borussia Dortmund, where he has hit the ground running with 11 goals in his first seven appearances.

It is reported that apart from the fact that United aren’t in this season’s Champions League, their bleak chances of making it to Europe’s elite club competition for next term as well convinced the player that he’d be better served by moving to another club.

United themselves weren’t too keen on negotiating with the player’s agent, Mino Raiola, who also represents Paul Pogba and has repeatedly accused the club of not granting his client his wish by letting him move last summer.


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Since his move to the Signal Iduna Park last month, Haaland has surprised everyone by how easily he has adapted to life in one of the best leagues in Europe.

The 19-year-old introduced his entry into German football in grand fashion as he scored a hat-trick on his debut for Lucien Favre’s men in a 5-3 win over Augsburg on New Year’s Day.

He then went on to score a brace in his next appearance for the Bundesliga giants, a 5-1 win over FC Koln, which further reinforced Dortmund’s credentials as one of the major title challengers in Germany.

The Norwegian’s best performance in Dortmund colors undoubtedly came on Tuesday night as he managed a double against Paris Saint-Germain to hand his side a 2-1 win ahead of the second leg that will take place at the Parc des Princes next month.

Provided he is able to maintain his goalscoring in the remaining months of the season, and help his side progress further in the Champions League as well as challenge for title domestically, Man United might rue missing out on Haaland.

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