RB Salzburg teenage sensation Erling Braut Haaland heaps praise on Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

26 Sep

Teenage wonderkid Erling Braut Haaland is open to a move to the Premier League in the future.

The RB Salzburg striker is one of the hottest prospects in Europe after his incredible start to this season.

He has scored 17 goals in 10 games and announced himself in the Champions League with a hat-trick against Genk earlier this month.

Erling Braut Haaland scored a hat-trick in the Champions League against Genk
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Haaland is certainly attracting a lot of interest with around 50 scouts thought to have watched the 19-year-old’s impressive performance against Genk.

Manchester United could have the upper hand in the race for the striker as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was the man who handed him his debut at Molde.

Haaland, who is also Norwegian, said he was open to re-joining his old manager.

He told TV2: “He has had a huge impact on my life, both as a person and as a trainer.

“He won the Champions League and was an incredibly good player. He has taught me a lot.

“I have dreamed of playing for the best clubs in the world my whole life, and I especially like English football.”

Haaland was born in Leeds, while his father Alfe-Inge was playing at Elland Road, and admitted he would like to play for them.

But if they have any desires on signing the striker then first they would need to win promotion.

He added: “I want to be the best. The dream is to win the Premier League with Leeds – and to be a better player than dad.”

Alf-Inge Haaland also played for United’s bitter rivals Man City and was on the receiving end of the infamous Roy Keane horror tackle.

Despite the bad blood between the sides, Alf-Inge would have no problem if his son joined United.

He told TV2: “So I have a very relaxed relationship with that. It’s a little different when it’s serious.

“Yes, I think most players dream of being in the Premier League at one time or another.

“It’s the league that gets the most attention around, and it has very good quality teams. There is no doubt the Premier League is attractive to him.”

Erling Braut Haaland heaps praise on Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as RB Salzburg face Liverpool

26 Sep

Teenage wonderkid Erling Braut Haaland is open to a move to the Premier League in the future.

The RB Salzburg striker is one of the hottest prospects in Europe after his incredible start to this season.

He has scored 17 goals in 10 games and announced himself in the Champions League with a hat-trick against Genk earlier this month.

Erling Braut Haaland scored a hat-trick in the Champions League against Genk
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He could face Liverpool at Anfield tonight in their Group E tie and is certainly attracting a lot of interest with around 50 scouts thought to have watched the 19-year-old’s impressive European debut.

Manchester United could have the upper hand in the race for the striker as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was the man who handed him his debut at Molde.

Haaland, who is also Norwegian, said he was open to re-joining his old manager.

He told TV2: “He has had a huge impact on my life, both as a person and as a trainer.

“He won the Champions League and was an incredibly good player. He has taught me a lot.

“I have dreamed of playing for the best clubs in the world my whole life, and I especially like English football.”

Haaland was born in Leeds, while his father Alfe-Inge was playing at Elland Road, and admitted he would like to play for them.

But if they have any desires on signing the striker then first they would need to win promotion.

He added: “I want to be the best. The dream is to win the Premier League with Leeds – and to be a better player than dad.”

Alf-Inge Haaland also played for United’s bitter rivals Manchester City and was on the receiving end of the infamous Roy Keane horror tackle.

Despite the bad blood between the sides, Alf-Inge would have no problem if his son joined United.

He told TV2: “So I have a very relaxed relationship with that. It’s a little different when it’s serious.

“Yes, I think most players dream of being in the Premier League at one time or another.

“It’s the league that gets the most attention around, and it has very good quality teams. There is no doubt the Premier League is attractive to him.”

Erling Braut Haaland: Former Man City and Leeds star Alf-Inge happy for son to join Manchester United

20 Sep

Erling Braut Haaland’s father has admitted it would be ‘nice’ for his son to play for Manchester United.

Alf-Inge appears to have given the green light to a potential move to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side, despite once saying, ‘I really dislike United and I can’t stand their players’.

Erling Braut Haaland is reportedly being watched by Manchester United and Barcelona scouts
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Haaland, 19, netted a first-half hat-trick on his Champions League debut to help Red Bull Salzburg to a 6-2 win over Genk on Tuesday.

Alf-Inge had a long-standing feud with Roy Keane during their playing days and was on the receiving end of a horror challenge by the former Red Devils captain in 2001.

But despite his bad blood with United, the former Nottingham Forest, Leeds and Man City defender would have no qualms about his son moving to Old Trafford.

Roy Keane was shown a straight red card for his horror tackle on Alf-Inge Haaland
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The Norwegian told Danish outlet TV2: “It would be nice. It is important to distinguish between being a supporter and a job.

“So I have a very relaxed relationship with that. It’s a little different when it’s serious. Yes, I think most players dream of being in the Premier League at one time or another.

“It’s the league that gets the most attention around, and it has very good quality teams. There is no doubt the Premier League is attractive to him.”

Haaland became the first teenager to score a hat-trick on his Champions League debut since Wayne Rooney in 2004.

He has netted an incredible 17 goals in nine games in all competitions for Salzburg already this season.

And Manchester United and Barcelona reportedly sent scouts to watch Haaland dominate Genk’s defence.

In 2017, Haaland, who was born in Leeds, revealed he had a ‘dream’ to win the Premier League title with his boyhood club.

He said: “I want to be the best possible. The dream is to win the Premier League with Leeds.

“In addition, the goal is to become a better player than my dad was. I hope to get more caps than he did.”

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Erling Braut Haaland: Former Man City and Leeds star Alf-Inge happy for son to join Manchester United

20 Sep

Erling Braut Haaland’s father has admitted it would be ‘nice’ for his son to play for Manchester United.

Alf-Inge appears to have given the green light to a potential move to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side, despite once saying, ‘I really dislike United and I can’t stand their players’.

Erling Braut Haaland is reportedly being watched by Manchester United and Barcelona scouts
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Haaland, 19, netted a first-half hat-trick on his Champions League debut to help Red Bull Salzburg to a 6-2 win over Genk on Tuesday.

Alf-Inge had a long-standing feud with Roy Keane during their playing days and was on the receiving end of a horror challenge by the former Red Devils captain in 2001.

But despite his bad blood with United, the former Nottingham Forest, Leeds and Man City defender would have no qualms about his son moving to Old Trafford.

Roy Keane was shown a straight red card for his horror tackle on Alf-Inge Haaland
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The Norwegian told Danish outlet TV2: “It would be nice. It is important to distinguish between being a supporter and a job.

“So I have a very relaxed relationship with that. It’s a little different when it’s serious. Yes, I think most players dream of being in the Premier League at one time or another.

“It’s the league that gets the most attention around, and it has very good quality teams. There is no doubt the Premier League is attractive to him.”

Haaland became the first teenager to score a hat-trick on his Champions League debut since Wayne Rooney in 2004.

He has netted an incredible 17 goals in nine games in all competitions for Salzburg already this season.

And Manchester United and Barcelona reportedly sent scouts to watch Haaland dominate Genk’s defence.

In 2017, Haaland, who was born in Leeds, revealed he had a ‘dream’ to win the Premier League title with his boyhood club.

He said: “I want to be the best possible. The dream is to win the Premier League with Leeds.

“In addition, the goal is to become a better player than my dad was. I hope to get more caps than he did.”

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Transfer news and football gossip: Liverpool star to sign huge contract, Arsenal defender wants to leave, teen ace Haaland backed to join Man United

20 Sep

talkSPORT rounds up all the latest transfer news and football gossip from Friday’s papers and online…

Liverpool have opened talks with Sadio Mane over a new five-and-a-half-year deal that would see the 27-year-old become the club’s highest paid player – FULL STORY

Arsenal owner Stan Kroenke invested his own money on transfers this summer rather than rely on the club’s self-sustaining model to fund the deals – FULL STORY

Sadio Mane is set to be rewarded for his amazing form with a bumper new Liverpool contract
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Gunners defender Shkodran Mustafi says he is open to leaving the club if an opportunity arises to return back home to Germany. (Daily Mail)

David Silva will sign for David Beckham’s Major League Soccer side Inter Miami when he leaves Manchester City at the end of the season – FULL STORY

Erling Braut Haaland’s father, Alf-Inge, says it would be “nice” if the 19-year-old Norway and Red Bull Salzburg striker joined Manchester United. That is despite the 46-year-old playing for their rivals Leeds United and Manchester City during his playing career. (TV2)

Barcelona are the latest club to be linked with Haaland, who scored a hat-trick on his Champions League debut for Salzburg against Genk on Tuesday. (Mundo Deportivo)

Inter Milan striker Romelu Lukaku and team-mate Marcelo Brozovic had to be separated by Alexis Sanchez after a dressing room row erupted following their 1-1 Champions League draw against Slavia Prague on Tuesday – FULL STORY

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer coached Erling Braut Haaland at Molde
Instagram @erling.haaland

Liverpool’s Swiss winger Xherdan Shaqiri says he feels “a little downbeat” at his lack of playing time this season but insists he is “comfortable” at Anfield. (Liverpool Echo)

Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers admits a move to either Liverpool or Manchester City would be too big to turn down for in-demand James Maddison. (The Sun)

If clubs come in for Maddison, the Foxes would demand a figure similar the £80m Man United paid to sign Harry Maguire in the summer. (Evening Standard)

Barcelona are planning to sell a number of players in the January window – with Ivan Rakitic, Samuel Umtiti and Arturo Vidal among those who could leave. (Marca)

Real Madrid would have to pay around €80m (£70.5m) if they want to sack manager Zinedine Zidane after their dreadful start to the season. (Sport)

Transfer news and football gossip: Liverpool star to sign huge contract, Arsenal defender wants to leave, teen ace Haaland backed to join Man United

20 Sep

talkSPORT rounds up all the latest transfer news and football gossip from Friday’s papers and online…

Liverpool have opened talks with Sadio Mane over a new five-and-a-half-year deal that would see the 27-year-old become the club’s highest paid player – FULL STORY

Arsenal owner Stan Kroenke invested his own money on transfers this summer rather than rely on the club’s self-sustaining model to fund the deals – FULL STORY

Sadio Mane is set to be rewarded for his amazing form with a bumper new Liverpool contract
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Gunners defender Shkodran Mustafi says he is open to leaving the club if an opportunity arises to return back home to Germany. (Daily Mail)

David Silva will sign for David Beckham’s Major League Soccer side Inter Miami when he leaves Manchester City at the end of the season – FULL STORY

Erling Braut Haaland’s father, Alf-Inge, says it would be “nice” if the 19-year-old Norway and Red Bull Salzburg striker joined Manchester United. That is despite the 46-year-old playing for their rivals Leeds United and Manchester City during his playing career. (TV2)

Barcelona are the latest club to be linked with Haaland, who scored a hat-trick on his Champions League debut for Salzburg against Genk on Tuesday. (Mundo Deportivo)

Inter Milan striker Romelu Lukaku and team-mate Marcelo Brozovic had to be separated by Alexis Sanchez after a dressing room row erupted following their 1-1 Champions League draw against Slavia Prague on Tuesday – FULL STORY

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer coached Erling Braut Haaland at Molde
Instagram @erling.haaland

Liverpool’s Swiss winger Xherdan Shaqiri says he feels “a little downbeat” at his lack of playing time this season but insists he is “comfortable” at Anfield. (Liverpool Echo)

Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers admits a move to either Liverpool or Manchester City would be too big to turn down for in-demand James Maddison – FULL STORY

If clubs come in for Maddison, the Foxes would demand a figure similar the £80m Man United paid to sign Harry Maguire in the summer. (Evening Standard)

Barcelona are planning to sell a number of players in the January window – with Ivan Rakitic, Samuel Umtiti and Arturo Vidal among those who could leave. (Marca)

Real Madrid would have to pay around €80m (£70.5m) if they want to sack manager Zinedine Zidane after their dreadful start to the season. (Sport)

Erling Braut Haaland: The ‘terrifying’ Leeds-born striker coached by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and linked with Manchester United transfer

18 Sep

Erling Braut Haaland looks set to be a future star.

The 19-year-old striker scored a first-half hat-trick on his Champions League debut to help RB Salzburg to a 6-2 win over Genk on Tuesday.

Erling Braut Haaland became the first teenager to score a hat-trick on his Champions League debut since Wayne Rooney in 2004
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Haaland, who has been called ‘The Manchild’ and ‘unusually large’ due to his enormous frame, is the son of former Leeds and Nottingham Forest defender Alf-Inge Haaland.

The youngster is tearing up the Austrian Bundesliga with 11 goals in seven games this season and became the third youngest player to net a Champions League hat-trick – behind Raul and Wayne Rooney.

Below talkSPORT.com gives an in-depth insight into all you need to know about Haaland…

Erling Braut Haaland - 2019/20

Age: 19

Club: RB Salzburg

Position: Striker

Nationalilty: Norway

League appearances: 7

League goals: 11

Champions League appearances: 1

Champions League goals: 3

What’s the gossip?

Before officially joining RB Salzburg from Norwegian club Molde on a five-year deal in January, Haaland was linked with a move to Manchester United.

And with his form in Europe so far this season, the Red Devils could renew their interest.

Leeds-born Haaland was signed and coached by United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Molde, with the Norwegian once comparing him to Romelu Lukaku.

In 2017, Haaland revealed his ‘dream’ was to win the Premier League title with Leeds.

He said: “I want to be the best possible.

“The dream is to win the Premier League with Leeds.

“In addition, the goal is to become a better player than my dad was. I hope to get more caps than he did.”

Club and international career so far?

Haaland has already scored three hat-tricks since the start of the 2019/20 campaign and has netted a remarkable 17 goals in nine games in all competitions for RB Salzburg this term.

His form was rewarded with a call-up to the senior Norway side where he made two appearances against Malta and Sweden earlier this month.

Representing Norway at the Under-20 World Cup during the summer, Haaland scored NINE goals in a 12-0 win over Honduras.

Haaland could light up Euro 2020, but Norway face an uphill battle to qualify for next summer’s tournament with Spain, Sweden and Romania ahead of them.

Haaland is one to watch this season following a stunning start to the season
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What is being said about him?

Norwegian football journalist Lars Sivertsen has heaped praise on Haaland, insisting he can play in a better division than the Austrian Bundesliga.

On Sunday, Sivertsen told talkSPORT: “He’s a big lad! He’s 6ft 4ins and still has such a baby face. It looks like someone’s tried to draw a boy and made him too big by accident. He’s unusually large.

“He’s got the body of a big centre-half, except he plays up front. The thing that’s remarkable about him is that he’s not slow either.

“He gets about the pitch, he’s quite fluid in his movement. He’s decent with the ball and he’s a decent finisher. He’s got a lot of good ingredients for an absolutely terrifying striker.

Erling Braut Haaland dismantled Genk’s defence on Tuesday
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“He looks like a guy who’s playing at the wrong level, he should not be playing in the Austrian league. I don’t think they anticipated him developing as quickly as he has.

“He’s looking absolutely terrifying and has so many ingredients to be a top forward. This is something that scouts will look for – it’s not as easy when you look for big and strong players.

“But players who have size and are still quick on the ground, it’s one of those things you can’t teach.”

Sivertsen reckons Haaland is a player Solskjaer could look to bring to Old Trafford in the future.

He added: “Erling Haaland went to Molde and played under Solskjaer for a while where he grew so big. He shot up and grew something like 10, 15 centimetres in a year.

“He put on a crazy amount of weight in a good way, loads of muscle. He was 17, but had the body of a 27-year-old centre-half.

“All the other players at Molde used to tease him and call him ‘The Manchild’, just because he didn’t look like a 17-year-old.

“If what United are doing, even irrespective of whether Solskjaer stays there long-term or not, it does seem if you look at their transfer business this summer that what they want to do is buy younger guys.

“Instead of signing superstars they’re signing people who are on the way up a bit, so yeah, he [Haaland] is a guy you might want to look at.”

Haaland celebrates during the huge Champions League win
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How much is he likely to cost?

Haaland is currently valued at £10.8million, according to Transfermarkt.

But that valuation will increase by a huge amount if he keeps up his incredible scoring form.

Erling Braut Haaland: The ‘terrifying’ Leeds-born striker linked with Manchester United transfer and set to face Liverpool

18 Sep

Erling Braut Haaland looks set for superstardom.

The 19-year-old striker scored a first-half hat-trick on his Champions League debut to inspire RB Salzburg to a 6-2 win over Genk last month.

Erling Braut Haaland became the first teenager to score a hat-trick on his Champions League debut since Wayne Rooney in 2004
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Haaland, who has been called ‘The Manchild’ due to his enormous frame, is the son of former Leeds and Nottingham Forest defender Alf-Inge Haaland.

The youngster is tearing up the Austrian Bundesliga with 11 goals in seven games this season and became the third youngest player to net a Champions League hat-trick – behind Raul and Wayne Rooney.

He is set to face Liverpool at Anfield tonight in their Group E tie.

And below talkSPORT has had an in-depth insight into the teenager taking Europe by storm…

Erling Braut Haaland - 2019/20

Age: 19

Club: RB Salzburg

Position: Striker

Nationalilty: Norway

League appearances: 7

League goals: 11

Champions League appearances: 1

Champions League goals: 3

What’s his background?

Before officially joining RB Salzburg from Norwegian club Molde on a five-year deal in January, Haaland was linked with a move to Manchester United.

And with his form in Europe so far this season, the Red Devils could renew their interest.

Leeds-born Haaland was signed and coached by United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Molde, with the Norwegian once comparing him to Romelu Lukaku.

In 2017, Haaland revealed his ‘dream’ was to win the Premier League title with Leeds, where he did became something of a cult hero.

He said: “I want to be the best possible. The dream is to win the Premier League with Leeds.

“In addition, the goal is to become a better player than my dad was. I hope to get more caps than he did.”

 

Haaland has already scored three hat-tricks since the start of the 2019/20 campaign and has netted a remarkable 17 goals in nine games in all competitions for RB Salzburg this term.

His form was rewarded with a call-up to the senior Norway side where he made two appearances against Malta and Sweden earlier this month.

Representing Norway at the Under-20 World Cup during the summer, Haaland scored NINE goals in one game – a 12-0 win over Honduras.

Haaland could light up Euro 2020, but Norway face an uphill battle to qualify for next summer’s tournament with Spain, Sweden and Romania ahead of them.

Haaland is one to watch this season following a stunning start to the season
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What is being said about him?

Norwegian football journalist Lars Sivertsen has heaped praise on Haaland, insisting he can play in a better division than the Austrian Bundesliga.

Speaking on talkSPORT’s European football show, Trans Euro Express, Sivertsen said: “He’s a big lad! He’s 6ft 4ins and still has such a baby face. It looks like someone’s tried to draw a boy and made him too big by accident. He’s unusually large.

“He’s got the body of a big centre-half, except he plays up front. The thing that’s remarkable about him is that he’s not slow either.

“He gets about the pitch, he’s quite fluid in his movement. He’s decent with the ball and he’s a decent finisher. He’s got a lot of good ingredients for an absolutely terrifying striker.

Erling Braut Haaland dismantled Genk’s defence on Tuesday
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“He looks like a guy who’s playing at the wrong level, he should not be playing in the Austrian league. I don’t think they anticipated him developing as quickly as he has.

“He’s looking absolutely terrifying and has so many ingredients to be a top forward. This is something that scouts will look for – it’s not as easy when you look for big and strong players.

“But players who have size and are still quick on the ground, it’s one of those things you can’t teach.”

Sivertsen reckons Haaland is a player Solskjaer could look to bring to Old Trafford in the future.

He added: “Erling Haaland went to Molde and played under Solskjaer for a while where he grew so big. He shot up and grew something like 10, 15 centimetres in a year.

“He put on a crazy amount of weight in a good way, loads of muscle. He was 17, but had the body of a 27-year-old centre-half.

“All the other players at Molde used to tease him and call him ‘The Manchild’, just because he didn’t look like a 17-year-old.

“If what United are doing, even irrespective of whether Solskjaer stays there long-term or not, it does seem if you look at their transfer business this summer that what they want to do is buy younger guys.

“Instead of signing superstars they’re signing people who are on the way up a bit, so yeah, he [Haaland] is a guy you might want to look at.”

Haaland celebrates during the huge Champions League win
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How much is he likely to cost?

Haaland is currently valued at £10.8million, according to Transfermarkt.

But that valuation will increase by a huge amount if he keeps up his incredible scoring form.