Scholes slams Man United decision not to sign ‘real deal’ Haaland


‘Why did Manchester United not just pay whatever anybody wanted for him?’: Paul Scholes slams decision not to sign ‘real deal’ Erling Haaland in January… despite fine form of Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood

  • Paul Scholes believes Man United should have signed Erling Haaland this season
  • The ex-United man says club should’ve paid ‘whatever anybody wanted for him’
  • The 19-year-old striker joined Borussia Dortmund instead for £18million
  • Norwegian has scored 16 goals in 18 games since signing for Bundesliga club 

Paul Scholes insists Manchester United made a mistake by deciding not to sign Erling Haaland from Red Bull Salzburg this season. 

Scholes also implicitly criticised former team-mate and current Red Devils manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, suggesting the club should have paid ‘whatever anybody wanted’ for ‘real deal’ Haaland.

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Solskjaer used to coach Haaland at Norwegian club Molde but was unable to convince the marksman to join United during the winter transfer window after negotiations with agent Mino Raiola broke down. 

The youngster opted to join Borussia Dortmund instead in an £18million deal by which he reputedly earns £130,000 per week.

Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford have each scored 20 goals for United this season while Mason Greenwood has also chipped in with 15, but Scholes believes the addition of Haaland would have significantly improved Solskjaer’s team.

Scholes said: ‘Once the German football came back and I watched him properly, I thought, “Why did Manchester United not just pay whatever anybody wanted for him?”‘

‘He looks that good, he’s still young, and he’s an out-and-out goalscorer.

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‘He’s quick as well, he’s got real pace. He’s a big lad, he’s a presence, and he scores goals – and that’s priceless.

‘Looking back – and do you know what, he still might be available, who knows, in time – but United are going to have to pay big, big money for him. But so what? He looks the real deal.’ 

The 19-year-old has amassed 16 goals in 18 games for Dortmund, plundering 40 goals over 40 games in total this season. 

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