Erling Haaland was right to snub Man Utd, insists Liverpool hero Jamie Redknapp

Erling Haaland has been supported by Liverpool hero Jamie Redknapp for deciding against a move to Premier League outfit Manchester United while he is in the early stages of his career.

The 19-year-old was not short of options when his release clause of £18m caught the eye of European heavyweights following an astonishing 29 goals in 27 outings in his short stint with Red Bull Salzburg.

The Norway international could have decided to pursue a reunion with his former Molde manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, but he and agent Mino Raiola settled on a Bundesliga switch.

An exceptional 12 goals in eight fixtures has followed including a brace against PSG in the Champions League, with Redknapp acknowledging that his decision has been fully justified.

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He said in his Daily Mail column: “Though Manchester United were linked, I believe Haaland made the right call in deciding to cut his teeth in the Bundesliga.”

Erling’s father Alf-Inge Haaland played in England for Nottingham Forest, Leeds and Manchester City between 1993 and 2003, leaving Redknapp wary of pressure placed on the youngster’s shoulders.

“It isn't easy trying to follow in your old man's footsteps,” the former England midfielder added.

“In fact, it puts more pressure on you because people pre-judge you.

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“‘Oh, he's so-and-so's son…' I made it into professional football, and so did Frank Lampard, Jordi Cruyff and Paul Dalglish, among others.

“Jamie Carragher's son is a good player at Wigan and my boy is in the academy at Chelsea.”

“Now we're seeing Erling Braut Haaland, the son of Alf-Inge, ripping it up in Germany at the age of 19,” he continued.

“Eight games for Borussia Dortmund, 12 goals. Dortmund is a great place to gain a footballing education. That future Premier League move can wait!”

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Haaland is loving life in Germany with Dortmund still within touching distance of a first Bundesliga title since 2012, and admitted that he still has a long way to go if he is to reach his potential.

He said after the unexpected 2-1 Champions League round of 16 victory: “I have to play better at this level.

“I have to work hard to improve. The result is quite a dangerous one, as PSG has a very strong team and can still go through in the return leg."

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