Former Chelsea striker Tony Cascarino has pardoned Manchester United chief Ed Woodward from any blame for the club’s failure to sign Erling Braut Haaland in January. The 19-year-old instead opted to join Borussia Dortmund from Red Bull Salzburg.
United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer flew out to meet with Haaland, who he managed at Molde, last month.
However, Dortmund beat off a host of top European clubs to one of the brightest teenagers in the world.
Haaland has made a blistering start to life at the Signal Iduna Park, scoring 11 goals in seven appearances.
Two of those strikes came in the 2-1 victory over Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League last night.
United could have done with such a prolific hitman to lead the line at Old Trafford, especially as Marcus Rashford is ruled out for up to three months.
But Cascarino thinks only one man is to blame for the mishap – Haaland’s agent Mino Raiola.
“He is extraordinary,” Cascarino told talkSPORT of Haaland.
“He reminds me of a 6ft 5in Harry Kane, but he’s bigger, stronger and quicker, he’s that’s good. He’s so much of a threat.
“This lad is so direct, he’s got great attacking instincts and he is huge.
“He’s the kind of player in kid’s football that you look at and think, ‘he can’t be 15!’ He’s a giant.
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“Just watching he just oozes confidence and even before the game he’s got a big smile on his face, he’s laughing. He’s only 19.
“I don’t believe it’s Man United’s fault, I just think they felt they couldn’t get this deal done because of the agent and the way it was heading… but they’ve lost a major player in world football in the next ten years.
“I can’t remember a forward that big, that quick, that strong, and with that great a touch in the game.”
Cascarino criticised Raiola just 24 hours after the agent had a furious rant at Solskjaer on the same radio station.
Raiola also looks after want away United midfielder Paul Pogba, whose time in the Premier League is likely to come to an end this summer.
“I thought what Ole said was out of line,” the agent said.
“He took parts of sentences of an interview of mine, and acted offended that I was offering Pogba to other clubs without permission. I don’t think it was inflammatory.
“I’ve never spoken about Ole in the papers or the press, he only speaks about me, whether it’s about [Erling Braut] Haaland or Pogba, he talks about me, I don’t talk about him.
“I’m not publicly trying to embarrass the club, I don’t see where I’ve offended the club.”
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