Update In Manchester United’s Chase For This Prolific Forward: Massive Blow For Solskjaer?

SALZBURG, AUSTRIA - SEPTEMBER 17: Erling Haaland of FC Salzburg celebrates after scoring the goal for 2:0 during the Champions League group E match between FC Salzburg and KRC Genk at Salzburg Stadion on September 17, 2019 in Salzburg, Austria. (Photo by Andreas Schaad/Bongarts/Getty Images)

According to a recent report by Bild, Red Bull Salzburg striker Erling Braut Håland’s father Alf-Inge wants his son to turn down a move to England amid concerns over regular game time. The Norwegian centre-forward has been recently linked with a switch to Manchester United while Real Madrid and Juventus are also believed to be interested in acquiring his services (via the Daily Mail).

However, Bild claims that RB Leipzig are long-term admirers of the European goal-getter so the player might fancy joining the Bundesliga side. He will be able to get more playing time at Leipzig. Hence, it makes sense for Haland to decline a potential switch to join a European giant.

Does Man United Need To Recruit A Prolific Forward Like Haland?

This latest development will be a bitter pill to swallow for the Red Devils as they are in dire need of a prolific forward following the departure of Romelu Lukaku last summer. Both Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial have struggled to find consistency with their performances on the pitch when they are being asked to play as a centre-forward.

Therefore, recruiting Haland could have been a potential solution to their goal-scoring problems up top. The Norwegian prospect has started this season on fire after scoring 26 goals and providing six assists in 18 appearances for Salzburg this term across all competitions. 

The Leeds-born starlet is averaging 2.8 shots, 0.5 key passes and 1.0 dribbles per game in the UEFA Champions League (stats via whoscored). His incredible contributions for the Austrian champions has also helped him earn two senior caps for Norway at the international level.

What Are The Norwegian Striker’s Greatest Strengths?

Haland is a quick and agile striker who can keep his composure in high-pressure situations. He has transformed himself into a consistent goal-getter and can be an unforgiving marksman in the final third. The Norwegian youngster boasts a strong and powerful frame which helps him hold the ball up to get others involved in the offensive end of the field.

Haland Set To Decline A Move To Old Trafford: Massive Blow For The Red Devils?

Haland would have been a fantastic acquisition for Man United, but it seems like the player does not fancy joining the Premier League just yet. If the Red Devils miss out on his services, then it will be a huge blow for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and his chances of building a strong squad capable of challenging for silverware in the coming years.

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