Published On: Tue, Oct 15th, 2019

Man Utd chat details between Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and board emerge from Jose Mourinho era | Football | Sport

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer supposedly recommended the signing of Red Bull Salzburg striker Erling Haaland to the club’s board during Jose Mourinho’s time in charge.

Haaland has been in devastating form this season, scoring 17 goals from 10 appearances for his club so far.

That has led to talk of a move to the Premier League with Manchester United reportedly among the interested parties.

And the Manchester Evening News say Solskjaer recommended the signing of Haaland last season when he was manager of Molde.

That was before he replaced Mourinho, whose head rolled in December after a nightmare start to the season.

Mourinho was axed with United stuck in a rut and that decision came after he’d sulked his way through the summer transfer window.

The former Chelsea and Inter Milan boss felt the Red Devils needed more than just Fred, Diogo Dalot and Lee Grant.

A defender was particularly high on his wishlist but he didn’t get one, with Ed Woodward blocking moves for the likes of Jerome Boateng and Toby Alderweireld.

And he could have signed Haaland after Solskjaer’s recommendation.

Whether United can now sign the forward in January is something only time will tell.

But, given his importance to Salzburg, the Austrian giants can be expected to charge a premium rate to let their star asset depart.

Meanwhile, speaking recently, Haaland lauded Solskjaer for how he aided his development while at Molde.

“He has had a huge impact on my life, both as a person and as a trainer,” he said.

“He won the Champions League and was an incredibly good player. He has taught me a lot.

“I have dreamed of playing for the best clubs in the world my whole life, and I especially like English football.”

Haaland did, though, recently admit he found transfer talk surrounding his future ‘f****** boring’.

“The media attention is huge. It’s good pressure,” the youngster said.

“The club is good at shielding me a little, but I hope it will be more shielding in the future. It will be difficult, but we will try. I want to be shielded.

“It’s f*****g boring. I’m bored now. How bored on a scale of 1 to 10? 9.9”.

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