Former Tottenham midfielder Jamie O’Hara does not believe Manchester United are ‘good enough’ to attract Erling Haaland to Old Trafford this summer.
The Norwegian hotshot has had an incredible rise over the past two years and has already notched 33 goals in 33 games for Borussia Dortmund this season. That has led to virtually every European heavyweight showing an interest in signing the marksman.
The player and agent Mino Raiola recently took a very public trip to see potential suitors, including LaLiga giants Barcelona and Real Madrid.
However, one club that O’Hara would be surprised to see Haaland join is United.
“They can’t get Haaland,” O’Hara told talkSPORT.
“I’m sorry, but they’re not good enough. Why would he go to Man United?
“It’s alright needing him, but you’ve got Real Madrid, Barcelona, Manchester City all after him.
“Look at [Paul] Pogba. They paid £100 million for him, and he’s gone there thinking we’re going to the next level – Man United are going to come back. And he’s gone there, and it wasn’t worked. He’s been trophyless almost.
“Haaland’s not going to Manchester United where it will be ‘we might win something, we might not’.
“He’s going somewhere where he is winning everything.”
Haaland told why he should join Liverpool
Meanwhile, Erling Haaland’s first football coach has revealed why he wants the prolific Dortmund star to join Liverpool this summer.
The 20-year-old striker is one of the hottest prospects in world football, with Europe’s elite clubs all seemingly queueing up for his signature. Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea, Real Madrid, PSG and Barcelona are all said to have registered their interest in what would be a transfer in excess of £100million.
And Alf Ingve Berntsen, who was Haaland’s coach at Bryne FK, has revealed his wish for the player.
He said: “If I had to decide, I’d go for Liverpool because that’s my club – but I don’t decide!
“I don’t have a clue what they will do. Erling and his team have made very good choices. They’ve shown great knowledge in choosing the club that’s best for him in the past.”
Berntsen also revealed what he thought of seeing Haaland play for the first time when he was just seven years old.
“It’s a very small town and we have only about 12,000 who live here,” the coach told BBC 5 Live . “Pretty much everybody knows each other.
“The first time I saw him playing football was when he was seven and he was good from the start. We couldn’t tell how far he would go but now and then you have some young players who show something special from an early age.
“He still has the same playing style like when he was 11 or 12. He’s very smart in the box and moves very smart. He has a good technique when it comes to scoring goals and the technical, tactical and physical aspects are just at the highest level. He’s also mentally very strong and the combination of these four make it special with Erling.”