April 23, 2021

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What Haaland’s dad thinks of Man United as transfer scramble intensifies

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The father of Erling Haaland was one spell at Liverpool away from completing an imperfect hat-trick in the eyes of Manchester United fans during his own playing days.

Indeed, former Leeds United and Manchester City midfielder – Alf Inge – made over 150 starts in the Premier League at those two clubs and Nottingham Forest.

With that in mind, you would expect him to be reluctant to dish out praise at Old Trafford, especially when taking into account those infamous clashes with ex-United captain Roy Keane.

However, as his ever-prolific offspring continues to attract the attentions of elite clubs from across Europe, Alf Inge has already spoken openly about his immense respect for the red side of the city.

Speculation over the future of Haaland Jnr has spiralled over the course of this Easter weekend.

Indeed, having been spotted in Spain amid proposed transfer talks with Barcelona and Real Madrid, Alf Inge and Mino Raiola – the player’s world-renowned super agent – subsequently jetted to the UK for similar discussions with key figures at Old Trafford and three other Premier League clubs.

The pair are also said to have sat down with Chelsea, Liverpool and champions elect City.

It comes on the back of Haaland racking up a simply astonishing goals tally at Borussia Dortmund, where the striker has scored 49 goals in just 50 games across all competitions – drawing a rare blank against Eintracht Frankfurt at the Westfalenstadion on Saturday afternoon.

A release clause thought to be worth around £65million is set to become active next season.

However, due to financial concerns brought about by the devastating Covid-19 pandemic, the Bundesliga side may be forced to cash-in on one of their most-prized assets much earlier than they hoped or anticipated.

The official line from each of the parties involved has, as you would expect, offered precious little.

Haaland Snr has, though, already admitted that United are a club he respects – simultaneously suggesting that his son will be tempted by the bright lights of the Premier League one day.

Speaking to SPORT1 back in November, Alf Inge said: “I think most players dream of being in the Premier League at one time or another.

“It’s the league that gets the most attention around the world and has very good quality teams. There is no doubt that the Premier League is attractive to him.”

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An old Norway international teammate of United’s manager Ole Gunnar Solksjaer, Haaland Snr added: “When you play well, it’s logical that big clubs knock on your door, but we’re talking about speculation here.

“At the moment, it’s not in Erling’s head or my head that another club will be vying for him.

“We signed a long contract with Dortmund and they have a fantastic team for Erling right now, and we don’t want to look any further ahead.

“Sometimes I think he wants to, and can, assert himself in any league. At the moment, he is happy in the Bundesliga and focused on Dortmund. He just wants to be a better player and doesn’t look too far ahead.”


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He continued: “Manchester United have achieved great success in recent years.

“The club is also trying to build something new there. But to draw this comparison now is not so easy because he is already playing in Dortmund.

“These are two very traditional clubs with a large fanbase and a glorious history. United is a very proud club, just like Dortmund in Germany. Dortmund want to beat Bayern [Munich] soon, that’s a clear goal.

“We have to catch up to them. Erling wants to cling to that goal.”

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