Man Utd transfer target Haaland was right to snub Old Trafford move insists Liverpool hero

Manchester United transfer target Erling Haaland made the right decision to snub a move to Old Trafford in favour of joining Borussia Dortmund. That is the opinion of former Liverpool midfielder Jamie Redknapp.

The 19-year-old striker has been in fantastic form this season.

United had expressed an interest in the player, but the Norway international felt leaving RB Salzburg for the Bundesliga was a better move for his development and Redknapp agrees.

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

Redknapp knows from first-hand experience how difficult it is to step out of the shadow of a parent if they were part of the game.

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For Erling, his dad is Alf-Inge Haaland, who made played for Nottingham Forest, Leeds United and Manchester City. He was also capped 34 times for Norway.

“It isn’t easy trying to follow in your old man’s footsteps,” Redknapp 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.”

Haaland has scored 40 goals in 30 games this season and he has continued his rich form in front of goals since securing his move to Dortmund in January.

Since joining the German club he has scored 12 goals in just eight appearances.


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And while Redknapp thinks the youngster made the right decision, he also believes the striker could one day play in the Premier League too.

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

“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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