Alf-Inge Haaland has suggested that Manchester United’s struggles over the past few years saw his son reject a move to Old Trafford.
United were heavily linked at the back end of 2019 with a move for Erling Braut Haaland, a player Red Devils boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer knows well following the pair working together at Molde.
Indeed, it was the 19-year-old’s stunning Champions League form and his 16 goals in 14 league games that raised Haaland’s profile and heightened the speculation surrounding his signature.
However, it was Borussia Dortmund who won the race for the striker, who has scored 12 times in 11 outings for the Bundesliga giants.
Speaking to Norwegian outlet TV2 (via Sport Witness), Alf-Inge Haaland revealed that as well as United‘s struggles, the fact that the “whole” of Dortmund wanted his son could have swayed their decision.
“You never know how it would go in other clubs. It may well have been good, too, if we had chosen a different route,” Haaland’s father said.
“We’ll never get an answer to that. But we are very happy with the clubs he has been in.
“You have to go to a club where the whole club wants you, not just the coach. 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.
“Because it’s dangerous to just sign for a coach, because he can suddenly be sacked.”
Solskjaer was facing increased calls for the sack earlier in the season after leading United to their worst start to a league season in 30 years.
However, the Red Devils have turned a corner and were unbeaten in 11 matches prior to the season being postponed.
January signings Bruno Fernandes and Odion Ighalo were influential in that run being put together, their impacts being felt across the club.
In other news, a report has revealed why Real Madrid passed up the opportunity to sign Portugal international Fernandes.