Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer met top target Erling Braut Haaland in Salzburg

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Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer met top target Erling Braut Haaland in Salzburg on Friday ahead of potential January transfer

  • Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took a flight to meet Erling Braut Haaland on Friday
  • Haaland has reportedly discussed a move to Borussia Dortmund and RB Leipzig
  • Solskjaer later flew back to Manchester ahead of United’s clash with Everton 
  • Former Man City star Alf-Inge Haaland declined to comment on his son’s future

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer flew to Salzburg early on Friday morning to make a sales pitch to Manchester United‘s No.1 transfer target Erling Braut Haaland.

Solskjaer made the dramatic intervention after it emerged that Haaland had met with representatives of Borussia Dortmund and Red Bull Leipzig in recent days.

The United manager then returned to Manchester to prepare for Sunday’s clash with Everton at Old Trafford.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer flew to Salzburg on Friday to make a sales pitch to Erling Braut Haaland

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer flew to Salzburg on Friday to make a sales pitch to Erling Braut Haaland

The 19-year-old Red Bull Salzburg striker, who played under Solskjaer at Molde, is one of the most wanted players in Europe after scoring 28 goals in 22 games for Salzburg this season.

The player’s father, former Manchester City and Leeds midfielder Alf-Inge Haaland, said last night: ‘I hope you understand that I cannot comment on all the rumours that are going on at the moment.’ 

United have made signing a striker and two central midfielders their main priority over the next two transfer windows.

The teenager - who has scored 28 goals this season - worked under Solskjaer at Molde

The teenager – who has scored 28 goals this season – worked under Solskjaer at Molde 

While there is an acceptance at Old Trafford that recruitment may be difficult in January, there is a possibility the Haaland deal could be fast-tracked ahead of schedule.

Asked about new signings after United beat AZ Alkmaar in the Europa League on Thursday night, Solskjaer said: ‘Targets that we’re looking at, they’re long-term targets.

‘If there’s something popping up that might be as a short-term, maybe. But we’re always thinking long term. January is always a difficult one. We’re always on the lookout.’ 

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