Harry Kane or Erling Haaland? Paul Scholes reveals his preference

Date published: Friday 2nd April 2021 8:11 - Matthew Briggs

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Paul Scholes knows exactly which striker Manchester United should be going all out to land this summer.

Both Erling Haaland and Harry Kane have been linked with big-money moves to Old Trafford. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is understood to be  looking to bolster United’s attacking options at the end of the season. Borussia Dortmund goalscorer Haaland is believed to be his number one target and it’s been reported the player’s father and agent Mino Raiola will be in England on Friday to hold talks with interested parties.

The Norway striker’s goal record over the last two years has been incredible. The 20-year-old has blasted 49 goals from 49 games for Dortmund and he is a man in demand. As well as the leading teams in England, Real Madrid and Barcelona are also pursuing the striker.

Spurs forward Kane meanwhile, is like Haaland, tied to his club until 2024. However, Tottenham will not let Kane go without a fight and it’s understood Daniel Levy would not sell to an English club.

Scholes’ view is that United would be better served by chasing a deal for Haaland rather than the England captain.

“He’s [Haaland] the best striker out there in the world, without a shadow of a doubt. it’s ridiculous what he’s doing,” Scholes told the Webby & O’Neill YouTube channel.



“If you sign him now you’ll get 10 years of him. With Harry Kane, at 28, 29, he’s in the peak of his career but you’re talking two or three years as a top-class striker.

“When you get to 31, 32, you probably lose your legs a little bit, start to drop deep as he’s started to do a little bit now actually. As for Haaland he’s going to cost a lot more money, they’re both going to cost a lot of money, but I think if you’re looking to the future in the next few years Haaland has to be the one.”

Kane raised questions about his future last month when he admitted he had a decision to make after the Euros.

“I think that’s a hard question to answer right now,” Kane told The Telegraph of the transfer speculation.

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Kane future doubt

“It’s important that all my focus is on the two England games coming up now and the rest of the season with Spurs and then the Euros. To be thinking about speculation or rumours would be damaging in terms of my own performance.

“I always like to be focused on one goal and one job and that’s to finish strong with Spurs, win these qualifiers with England and hopefully go on and have a great Euros.

“Look, I try to stay out of that speculation as much as possible.

“I’m fully focused on doing the job on the pitch from now until the end of the summer, and then we’ll see where we go from there.”

Scholes though thinks Kane is unlikely to leave Spurs.

“It’s all down to him, if he wants to go there’s plenty of clubs who want him, of course they will, he’s a brilliant centre forward. I just get the impression he’s not going to leave.

“I don’t know why, I’ve just got the feeling he’ll be at Tottenham until he finishes.”

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