Former striker Michael Owen insists he is not awed by the club’s transfer target Erling Braut Haaland as he questioned whether the in-demand striker has what it takes to make it to the very top.
The young Norwegian youngster striker has attracted interest from top European clubs with 28 goals this season.
He has been tipped to reunite with former boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Manchester United whilst the likes of Liverpool , Arsenal and Juventus are also rumoured to be keeping interested in the player.
But Owen has questioned whether Haaland has the quality to warrant the hype he has received,
Speaking on BT Sport, Owen said: “He doesn’t get you off your seat, put it that way.
“He does in that way (scoring goals) and that’s absolutely fine. Do you know what, many a player have made great careers out of just scoring goals and that’s absolutely fine.
“But what I’m saying is, are we talking about someone who is going to go to the very top? It’s very hard to see that.
“He’s 19, he’s doing unbelievable for his age, but when you look at the great players, they do things that no-one else can.
“They’re either great dribblers or lightening quick or something.
“I don’t watch him and get excited. I’m not desperate to see him tonight, put it that way, but his stats just make you respect what he’s doing at the moment.
“I’m probably being harsh, he’s 19, but he’s got a long way to go to match the numbers that he’s scoring at the moment.”
A report from German newspaper Bild recently claimed he has a release clause of just £17million if he departs during this January transfer window.