Paul Scholes believes that Manchester United will not sign Erling Haaland in the January transfer window, although he would have paid “big, big money” in the future to bring the Norwegian forward.
United was a big favorite to sign the Red Bull Salzburg forward in January, particularly with compatriot Ole Gunnar Solskjaer who had worked with Haaland in the old Molde club.
But the problems between his agent, Mino Raiola and the United States council, coupled with the request for a release clause and game time insurance, have seen Haaland opt to join Borussia Dortmund.
Scholes considers it a big mistake not to give up and bring the nineteen-year-old striker – whatever the cost – and feels he has all the necessary ingredients to be a future superstar.
Asked if United should have pushed harder for Haaland, Scholes said BBC 5 Live: ‘Yup. You know what, when it came to everything, I hadn’t seen much of him.
‘But then, once German football was back and I looked at it well, I thought, “Why didn’t Manchester United pay only what someone wanted for him?”
‘He looks good, he’s still young and he’s a real scorer. He is also fast, he has a real rhythm.
‘He is a big boy, he is present and scores goals – and is priceless.
‘Looking back – and you know what, he may still be available, who knows, in time – but United will have to pay a lot of money for him. But then? Seems like a real bargain. ‘
Haaland had an extraordinary start in his career with Dortmund, scoring 13 goals since the beginning of the year in just 15 Bundesliga appearances, and United will face a lot of competition if it should renew its interest, with Juventus very excited to sign in come on.
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