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Erling Haaland’s father hints at real reason son snubbed Manchester United transfer

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Haaland moved to Dortmund in January (Picture: Getty)

Alf-Inge Haaland has hinted his son didn’t join Manchester United in January because it was Ole Gunnar Solskjaer alone who was pushing for the transfer.

Borussia Dortmund won the race for the sought-after striker, who has scored nine goals in just five Bundesliga appearances since making the move to Germany.

Solskjaer was reportedly desperate to sign the 19-year-old and flew to Norway to hold talks with Erling Haaland and his team.

Alf-Inge plays a key role in his son’s decision-making, with super-agent Mino Raiola brokering the deal between Haaland and Dortmund.

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Haaland’s father has now suggested Dortmund won the race because other interested managers did not have the full backing of the club.

‘You never know how it would go in other clubs. It may well have been good, too, if we had chosen a different route. We’ll never get an answer to that. But we are very happy with the clubs he has been in,’ he told TV2.

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‘You have to go to a club where the whole club wants you, not just the coach.

Solskjaer thought United were set to sign Haaland (Picture: Getty)

‘I think that’s the most important thing, in addition to how the club has been over the last five or ten years and what direction they’ve taken.’

He added: ‘Because it’s dangerous to just sign for a coach, because he can suddenly be sacked.’

United reportedly cooled their interest in Haaland due to his wage demands, but the goalscorer’s camp has since dismissed those reports as false.

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Raiola revealed the offer from United was good, but Haaland ultimately made the choice a switch to Old Trafford was the wrong move at this stage of his career.

‘The club that he had the most direct contact with him was United,’ Raiola said.

‘They spoke to him the most. Everybody had the chance to talk to him in person. We let that happen especially when he knows Ole.

‘Clearly he [Erling Haaland] felt that at this moment it was not the right step in his career. There is nothing against Manchester United or Ole.

‘He chose Borussia Dortmund ahead of them and other clubs and I’m very happy because he is going to the club he wanted to go to and that is best for him right now.

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‘If he wanted to go to Manchester United I would have been obliged to take him to Manchester United but he did not.’

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