Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp defends Manchester United over failed move for Erling Haaland

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Manchester United were linked with a move for Erling Haaland, but the 19-year-old moved from RB Salzburg to Borussia Dortmund.

Haaland has lit up the Bundesliga and is in form in the Champions League, and this has prompted criticisms at Manchester United for failing to sign Haaland.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has now defended the club amid criticisms over the failed transfer pursuit of Erling Haaland.

“Everybody blames Man United for not getting him, but we wouldn’t have got him, not that we tried,” the German told Goal.

“We couldn’t have got him. It’s as easy as that. He wanted a top team, as soon as possible, with an open space… Borussia Dortmund.

“That’s timing. I hope you know how much I love and respect the people at Dortmund, but it’s not that they made a perfect approach and did this and that, it was more they were there, had the space, number nine.

“Here we go, you are 19 years old, want to play Champions League, top end of Bundesliga, so go for it. Nobody else had a chance, I’m pretty sure, no matter what they say.”

The Norwegian was believed to be close to joining the club, but had a change of heart at the last minute.

The player’s decision to sign for Dortmund over United is suspected to have been influenced by controversial super-agent Mino Raiola who has had several fallouts with the club.