Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says he’s running out of superlatives to describe Erling Haaland after the Dortmund striker became the youngest player in Champions League history to hit 20 goals in the competition.
The 20-year-old scored twice as Dortmund booked their place in the quarter-finals of the European Cup and that helped Haaland to surpass Solskjaer as the highest scoring Norwegian in the tournament’s history.
Haaland chose Dortmund over United in January 2020 but the Red Devils remain keen on signing the forward and they’re willing to bid for him this summer, even if a release clause in Haaland’s contract of around £62m becomes active in 2022.
United’s plan to sign Haaland may need to be accelerated due to reports that Edinson Cavani is already seeking an exit from Old Trafford and Solskjaer has done little to dampen speculation by talking up the ‘fantastic’ Norwegian.
‘It was only a matter of time but at the age of 20 to achieve the amount of goals he had is fantastic,’ said Solskjaer.
‘There’s not many more superlatives left out there and whatever I want to say to him I’ll say in Norwegian directly to him.’
With Cavani looking likely to exit this summer, United may need to spend a bigger part of their budget on a striker than had been initially planned.
United hope to sign Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho, as well as a top level centre-back to partner Harry Maguire.
However, their budget will be determined by how the Reds fare in the remainder of the season, with United on course to finish in the top four for a second consecutive season.
The club have failed to qualify for the Champions League in back-to-back campaigns since Sir Alex Ferguson retired.