‘Manchester United were RIGHT not to sign Erling Haaland – even though he looks like the bargain of the century’, says Jamie Carragher… as he backs Ed Woodward over row with Mino Raiola
- Manchester United turned down the chance to sign Erling Haaland in January
- Jamie Carragher thinks Ed Woodard made the right decision due to his agent
- Mino Raiola represents Haaland who has exploded into one of Europe’s finest
- Haaland has scored 11 goals in seven games since arriving at Borussia Dortmund
Jamie Carragher has backed Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward’s decision not to sign Erling Haaland in January – despite the youngster going on to score more than a goal a game at Borussia Dortmund.
The superstar signed for the German giants instead of United and has been in imperious form both in the Bundesliga and Champions League, netting 11 goals in his first seven matches.
Woodward reportedly decided against the deal as Haaland’s agent Mino Raiola was demanding too much and Carragher told The Telegraph that he thinks Woodward made the right call.
Jamie Carragher has backed Manchester United’s decision not to sign striker Erling Haaland
The former Liverpool defender believes Haaland’s agent Mino Raiola brings too much baggage
‘Whoever signed Haaland from RB Salzburg knew they were not only getting an amazing young talent – they were also inviting the circus into town in the form of his representative, Mino Raiola, ‘ the former Liverpool defender said.
‘United, like every club scouting the Norwegian teenager, had to weigh up the value of the player against the cost of the distracting influence of his high-profile advisor.
‘No matter what Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said to Haaland to try to convince him to move to Old Trafford, it is a reasonable assumption the advice from Raiola mattered more to the player.
‘It does not strike me Raiola would have been United’s ally given recent history.’
Raiola represents Haaland and Red Devils midfielder Paul Pogba, who wants to leave the club
United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward (left) believed Raiola was too demanding
Carragher then went further, insisting it does not matter how good Haaland could become, it wasn’t the right deal for United.
Sportsmail reported last month that the Red Devils tried to strike a deal with the forward’s father, former Leeds midfielder Alf-Inge Haaland, who also represents his son.
‘I cannot help but think if Haaland was represented by someone else, he might be at Old Trafford,’ Carragher said.
‘Just because Haaland looks like he is the bargain of the century for Dortmund, it does not mean the cost of signing him was a price worth paying for United.’
And Red Devils boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer isn’t bitter that he missed out on Haaland as he insists that he is happy to see the striker perform well.
United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is not bitter about missing out on Haaland in January
‘I normally never comment on opposition players, but since I’ve had Erling, I’m just delighted for him,’ Solskjaer said when talking about the teenage prodigy’s current form.
‘He’s a top boy, an absolutely fantastic kid, who you want the best for. And for Norway it’s brilliant that we have a striker who can score goals again.’
Solskjaer has been involved in a war of words with Haaland’s agent Raiola in recent weeks.
The super agent posted a rant on Twitter saying he hoped Solskjaer didn’t think another of Raiola’s clients, Pogba, was a prisoner at Old Trafford.
The United manager later refused to be drawn into any more arguments despite claiming Pogba is a Red Devils player and not Raiola’s.
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