Good luck to Er­ling... wher­ever he’s go­ing!

Manchester Evening News - - SPORT - By SA­MUEL LUCK­HURST

OLE Gun­nar Sol­sk­jaer has down­played Er­ling Haa­land’s sup­posed flight to Manch­ester and claims he is due to board a con­nect­ing flight.

Nor­we­gian out­lets have re­ported United tar­get Haa­land, 19, boarded a flight from Sta­vanger Air­port bound for Manch­ester on Fri­day morn­ing a week af­ter Sol­sk­jaer flew to Aus­tria to visit the player’s rep­re­sen­ta­tives. Haa­land was born in Leeds.

Haa­land was sup­pos­edly due to touch down at 10.15am and the news emerged min­utes be­fore Sol­sk­jaer’s pre-match press con­fer­ence.

Wen asked if he would see Haa­land be­fore his ap­par­ent con­nect­ing flight, he replied: “No.”

Sol­sk­jaer trav­elled to meet Haa­land’s camp last week three days af­ter the club’s head of global scout­ing, Mar­cel Bout, watched the Red Bull Salzburg striker play against Liver­pool in their 2-0 Cham­pi­ons League de­feat.

Haa­land vis­ited the train­ing grounds of Bun­desliga clubs Red Bull Leipzig and Borus­sia Dort­mund last week but was pic­tured sign­ing a United shirt in his home­town of Bryne in Nor­way on Tues­day.

Sol­sk­jaer man­aged Haa­land at Molde and the United scout Tommy

Moller Nielsen watched him score all four Molde goals in their thrash­ing of Brann in July 2018. Sol­sk­jaer’s for­mer Nor­way team-mate, Jan Aage Fjortoft, was at Old Traf­ford for United’s League Cup quar­ter­fi­nal win over Colch­ester and broached the sub­ject of Haa­land with his com­pa­triot.

“He is a player I like, we are al­ways look­ing for good play­ers,” Sol­sk­jaer told Vi­aS­port. “Er­ling has had a nice de­vel­op­ment and he should keep de­vel­op­ing where he de­cides to go. I don’t need to talk much about him. But as a team we are al­ways look­ing for play­ers who can com­ple­ment the ones we al­ready have. And then we will see what we end up with.

“The most im­por­tant thing for all play­ers, no mat­ter where you are, that you are en­joy­ing your­self where you are.”

Sol­sk­jaer is be­lieved to have at­tended a re­cruit­ment meet­ing at United’s Car­ring­ton train­ing com­plex last Thurs­day and was not present for the play­ers’ re­cov­ery ses­sion on Fri­day fol­low­ing the 4-0 Eu­ropa League win over AZ Alk­maar.

United in­tend to have fi­nalised their list of long-term tar­gets in time for the win­ter win­dow and a pos­si­ble £20m re­lease clause in Haa­land’s con­tract – as well as the com­pe­ti­tion – con­vinced Sol­sk­jaer to reach out to the in­ter­na­tional.

On Sun­day, Sol­sk­jaer re­fused to com­ment on his trip to Salzburg and was pressed on whether he had any ad­vice to of­fer Haa­land: “I don’t com­ment on the spec­u­la­tion so that’s it.’’

Ole Gun­nar Sol­sk­jaer There con­tin­ues to be end­less spec­u­la­tion sur­round­ing the fu­ture of Er­ling Haa­land

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