Solskjaer makes Haaland admission after failed Man Utd transfer


Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hailed Erling Braut Haaland for his goalscoring heroics for Borussia Dortmund – despite missing out on signing him for Manchester United.

Haaland took his goal return to 11 in seven games for Dortmund, with his double in Tuesday’s 2-1 win over Paris Saint-Germain, following his £20million switch from Red Bull Salzburg last month.

United pulled out of the race to sign Norway striker Haaland, 19, because of concerns over the structure of the deal and suggestions the player’s agent, Mino Raiola, wanted a cut of any future transfer fee.

But United’s loss has been Dortmund’s gain, with Haaland in stunning form his new club, although Solskjaer put to one side any disappointment he may be feeling over his failure to sign his compatriot and former Molde player.

“I normally never comment on opposition players, but since I’ve had Erling, I’m just delighted for him,” said Solskjaer, who visited Haaland in Salzburg in December as part of a charm offensive to try to sign the teenage prodigy.

“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.”

Meanwhile, Marcus Rashford is “touch and go” to play again this season, with Solskjaer saying the forward would be out for at least “another few months”.

The 22-year-old’s outstanding campaign was brought to an abrupt halt last month after sustaining a back injury in the FA Cup replay against Wolves.

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