Erling Haaland's father has indicated that the striker did not come to Manchester United because the people's interest in the club beyond Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was not big enough.
The Norwegian starlet switched from Red Bull Salzburg to Borussia Dortmund in January after an exceptional first half of the season in Austria.
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- In the first half of the season, Haaland scored 28 goals in 22 games for Red Bull Salzburg.
- His eight goals in six Champions League group games attracted worldwide attention, including from Dortmund.
- Since joining the Germans, he has found the net 12 times and hit the 40-goal mark before European football was banned.
- This included a hat trick from the bank on his Bundesliga debut against Augsburg.
- After three league games, he had scored seven goals and added another Champions League game against PSG in the round of 16.
Haaland's incredible shape in front of the gate sparked inevitable interest in a number of clubs in January. Reports strongly linked him to a move to Manchester United.
But the 19-year-old ultimately signed for Dortmund, for whom he has scored 12 goals in 11 games in all competitions so far – and thus increased his total for the season to 40.
As a compatriot of Haaland, Solskjaer's presence at United was an indication of enticing Haaland to move to Old Trafford.
And while Solskjaer appeared to be really interested in getting the teenage sensation into the Premier League, Alf-Inge Haaland apparently pointed out in an interview with TV2 that his son was not being sought by everyone at United.
“You never know what other clubs would do. It might have been good if we had chosen a different route. We will never get an answer to that. But we are very happy with the clubs he has been to, ”said Haaland Sr.
“You have to go to a club where the whole club wants you, not just the coach. I think that's the most important thing, in addition to how the club has been in the past five or ten years and in which direction it has gone.
"Because it is dangerous to sign only for a coach because he can suddenly be released."
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Haaland Jr. was born in Leeds near Elland Road, where his father played for Leeds United between 1997 and 2000. During his active career, he also played for Manchester City.
Alf-Inge previously announced that his son is a fan of Leeds, Manchester City and Nottingham Forest.