Ole Gunnar Solskjaer did immediately call Man Utd over ‘unreal’ Erling Haaland

Manchester United missed out on the chance to sign Erling Haaland as a youngster despite recommendation from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

The Red Devils legend was in the hot seat at Molde, where a young Haaland had started to break into the first team.

And smitten with the talents of the young Norwegian, Solskjaer picked up the phone to United to tip them off about the super-talent – years before he signed for neighbours Manchester City.

However, after United failed to act on the tip, and a couple of years later Haaland rocked up in the blue half of Manchester. “I remember one day when I was watching Erling train," Molde's chief scout told The Athletic.

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"I walked down to see Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who was Molde’s manager, and I said, ‘You have to call Manchester United, mate – this is unreal what we are looking at.’

“Me and Ole understood that this kid was so good we were not going to be able to keep him. Ole agreed with absolutely everything. ‘I will put a phone call in’, he said, ‘they need to hear about this kid’. We had friends at United.

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“This was even before Erling had really started to play for Molde properly. Ole put the phone call in. So the name was put in. Then, how or whether United followed it up, I don’t know.”

United weren't the only Premier League side to miss out on the Norwegian, and both Liverpool and Arsenal dropped the ball on the youngster.

Instead, Haaland moved to Austria before a stop at Borussia Dortmund on his way to City.

And he haunted his old team on Wednesday night, scoring a late acrobatic winner for City at the Etihad in their 2-1 Champions League victory over Dortmund.


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