50 Clubs Watch Teenage Striker
Manchester United scouts have already watched Norwegian goalscoring sensation Erland Braut Haaland in action this season.
This 19-year-old has already scored 17 goals in nine games so far this campaign and introduced himself to the Champions League by becoming the first player since Wayne Rooney for United in 2004 to score a hat-trick on his debut in the competition.
Reports from Austria on Wednesday claimed that scouts from 50 different clubs, including United, were on hand to watch Haaland score three times in his side’s 6-2 victory over Belgian side Genk on Tuesday night.
But that wasn’t the first time United have watched the teenager in action. Representatives from Old Trafford were on hand at the end of last month to watch Haaland score just the one goal in Salzburg’s 5-1 victory over WSG Tirol in an Austrian Bundesliga game.
United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer managed Haaland when the pair were with Norwegian side Molde. The son of former Manchester City and Leeds United midfielder Alf Inge Haaland would prefer to play for one of his father’s former clubs in the Premier League, but Solskjaer was asked about him at Wednesday’s press conference ahead of Manchester United’s Europa League clash with Astana this evening.
“It’s great watching him,” he said. “I think everyone in Norway is excited by his development.”
But speaking about Haaland in July 2018 when he was at Molde, Solskjaer said:
“He is probably not the biggest Manchester United fan in the world, but if they come knocking on the door, not many people say no.”
Meanwhile, United are hoping to convince three of their first-team squad to sign new contracts with the club.
The Red Devils are still hopeful over persuading Paul Pogba to put pen to paper on a new deal. Jesse Lingard and teenager Mason Greenwood – in line for a place in the starting line-up in tonight’s game – are also to be offered new contracts.