Solskjaer finally opens up on Erling Haaland transfer

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has a relationship with Borussia Dortmund star Erling Haaland from their time in Norway, and United are one of the clubs to have been strongly linked with the 20-year-old Norwegian.

Reports on Thursday claimed that Haaland’s representatives have met with Spanish giants Real Madrid and Barcelona over a likely move for the buzzing striker, and Haaland is believed to favour the two clubs over a move to England.

Solskjaer was asked to comment about the likelihood of signing the young striker, but he refused to say much.

Asked about Barcelona’s pursuit of Haaland and whether he is a player Manchester United can afford to miss out on, Solskjaer said in a press conference on Friday: “I’m focussing on the next two months

“There’s only so many places that a player can go to and for us, we want to focus on the ones who are here.

“I’ve worked with Erling but it’s not right for me to talk about him. I can talk about him as an ex-coach of his but he will make his own mind up.

“I think the way the world works at the moment, you’d like to do all your business on the quiet and all your talks on the quiet, but there are platforms everywhere, there’s news, the media make that more difficult now.

“Hopefully, we can suddenly sit here with players that no one has written about! We conduct our recruitment business, our scouting, and the players that we are interested in, we do it the right way I hope and feel.

“Who we’re interested in and who we can go for and who we will go for, I’m not going to comment on that.”