Former Tottenham Hotspur player Jimmy O’Hara claimed that Manchester United was “not good enough” to attract Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Braut Haaland.
Haaland’s rapid rise in football has surprised everyone, as the Norwegian has improved at an astonishing rate over the past 24 months.
The 20-year-old has scored 33 goals in 33 games across all competitions for Dortmund this season, 10 of them coming in the UEFA Champions League.
As a result of his performance, several clubs have been linked to Haaland’s movement.
Player and agent Mino Raiola recently took a public trip to see potential suitors, including Barcelona and Real Madrid.
However, one club that former Tottenham player Jimmy O’Hara could not see Haaland’s signing was Manchester United.
“They can’t get Haaland,” O’Hara explained in talkSPORT.
“I’m sorry, but they are not good enough. Why would he go to Man United?”
“It’s okay he needs him, but you have Real Madrid, Barcelona and Manchester City behind him.
“Looking at [Paul] Pogba. They paid £ 100m for him, and he went there thinking we were going to the next level – Man United would be back. And he went there, and it didn’t work. It was almost without awards.
Haaland will not go to Manchester United where he will be ‘We might win something, we may not win’.
“He’s going to a place where he wins everything.”
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While O’Hara has the point that clubs with the easiest way to get trophies are available for Haaland, the influence United still has is not to be underestimated.
It has been proven time and time again that the Red Devils can attract top talent, despite their struggles over first-class Silver titles in recent years.
Another factor that could play at United’s hands is the relationship between coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Haaland.
The Norwegian duo were at Molde together, and Solskjaer recently admitted he still had contact with his former player.
This relationship could be key in the negotiations, although it is not yet clear whether that and United’s standing will be enough to sway Haaland.
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