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Man Utd ‘arrogance’ to blame as pundit reveals downfalls of Erling Haaland decision

James Holland
Erling Haaland, Borussia Dortmund v Arminia Bielefield March 2022

Pundit Trevor Sinclair reckons Manchester United showed ‘arrogance’ when they refused to sign Erling Haaland in 2020 – with the striker set to star for rivals Manchester City next season.

Haaland has completed his medical ahead of a transfer to the Etihad this summer. City have reached an agreement with Borussia Dortmund over the 21-year-old, which will see them pay £51million for his signature.

Pep Guardiola’s team just needs to sort out personal terms with Haaland before the move can become official.

This issue could be made more complicated by the recent death of Haaland’s agent, Mino Raiola.

Manchester City have been deadly in front of goal yet again this season. But club chiefs were on the lookout for a new centre-forward to properly continue where Sergio Aguero left off.

City fans will be hoping Haaland is the final piece of the puzzle for them to taste Champions League glory.

For Manchester United supporters, meanwhile, it is another sign of their club’s troubles in the transfer market.

The Red Devils were close to signing Haaland in January 2020, during his spell at Red Bull Salzburg.

Man Utd pulled out of Erling Haaland signing in 2020

He was available for just £18m due to a clause in his contract. But United refused to pay Raiola’s agent fees and include a release clause as part of Haaland’s new deal. As such, the transfer fell through.

Haaland has hit 85 goals in 88 matches for Dortmund since joining them in that transfer window.

And he will now aim to continue his fantastic goalscoring exploits under Guardiola at City.

While appearing on talkSPORT, Sinclair called United ‘arrogant’ for refusing to meet Haaland and his agent’s demands.

“Manchester United would have loved to have taken him,” he said.

“They could have had him for £18m and sold him for £51m or whatever it’s going to be, but they chose not to because they didn’t want him to have that option.

“Who can afford not to have a player like Haaland for three years and then sell him for three times the money, if he wants to go?

“I would’ve taken him, sold the club to him, make sure he understands the project, and he wants to be at the football club and wants to stay.

“I think that was a bit of arrogance by Manchester United because they’re a big club. They’ve said, ‘We’re not accepting that’.

“Now he’s gone to Borussia Dortmund, he’s played three superb years there, the youngest player to score 20 goals in the Champions League, and pulled up trees in the Bundesliga.”

Elsewhere, rumoured United target Declan Rice has reportedly received an astonishing contract offer from West Ham.