Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was this afternoon for the first time drawn on his side’s failure to secure the signing of widely-reported target Erling Braut Haaland.
Dortmund beat out the competition
The big transfer news across the European media last weekend came in the form of RB Salzburg sensation Haaland finding a new club.
In something of a bolt from the blue, it was announced that German giants Borussia Dortmund had won the race for the in-demand teen.
Haaland put pen-to-paper on a 4-and-a-half-year deal at the Westfalenstadion, and will join up with his new teammates imminently.
— Borussia Dortmund (@BlackYellow) December 29, 2019
Solskjaer congratulates Dortmund
Dortmund’s signing of Haaland has since been widely-praised, with the teen’s sensational goalscoring form to this point in the campaign having inevitably alerted a host of European heavyweights to his talents.
Incredibly, Haaland has notched 28 goals and 7 assists across just 22 appearances in all competitions this season.
Chief among the clubs touted as a potential destination for the striker up until last Sunday’s bombshell, meanwhile, were Manchester United.
The Red Devils were even said to have placed Haaland atop the club’s January transfer wishlist.
As such, speaking in a pre-match press conference ahead of his side’s FA Cup opener at Wolves tomorrow evening, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was drawn on Manchester United missing out on his fellow countryman.
The Norwegian tactician, though, did not appear overly disheartened by the situation, labelling Haaland ‘a fantastic boy’:
‘Well, Dortmund have signed a fantastic boy, I can’t answer more than that.’
Quotes via Goal