United Watching Norwegian Striker
The father of Norwegian goalscoring sensation Erling Braut Haaland insists he won’t stand in the way of any move to Manchester United for his son.
The 19-year-old became the first player since Wayne Rooney in 2004 to score a hat-trick on his Champions League debut when he scored three times in RB Salzburg’s 6-2 victory over Belgian side Genk on Tuesday night.
Alf Inge Haaland spent ten years in English football, first with Nottingham Forest and then with two of Manchester United’s most bitter rivals, Leeds United and Manchester City. But he had a feud with United and once said in an interview that he couldn’t stand the Old Trafford side and their players. Matters came to a head in 2001 when a tackle by United’s Roy Keane ultimately cut short Haaland’s career. But despite all that he isn’t averse to his son joining the Premier League side.
“It would be nice,’ the 46-year-old told TV2 in Norway. “It is important to distinguish between being a supporter and a job.
“So I have a very relaxed relationship with that. It’s a little different when it’s serious.
“Yes, 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, and it has very good quality teams.
“There is no doubt the Premier League is attractive to him.”
Haaland has attracted attention after scoring 17 goals in nine games so far this season.
Around 50 scouts were present at Tuesday night’s game. The latest club to be linked are Barcelona who have been tracking the 19-year-old since he scored nine goals for Norway in their 12-0 victory over Honduras at the under-20 World Cup this summer.
Haaland has worked previously with United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer when the pair were at Norwegian side Molde.