Erling Haaland fit become the fourth major Norwegian wey go play for Man United but some kyn scepticism dey over dem interest.
The Norwegian journalist wey break news say Ole Gunnar Solskjaer dun commot go Salzburg on Friday tar hin own mind ontop the whole mata on Sunday. Dem morning flight to Manchester from San Sebastian, where Norway international Martin Odegaard dun line up against Barcelona on Saturday evening, dey delayed.
The reporter still overcome the Manchester traffic so as to make Solskjaer post-match press conference for Old Trafford with ample time. Solskjaer na the opposite to the urgent Jose Mourinho onto say hin usually dey didon for press conference room one hour after full-time, and reporters dey always dey rush to beat security team order to lock up stadium two hours from the final whistle.
Unsurprisingly, dem as the Norwegian manager by the Norwegian reporter about the Norwegian player. Erling Haaland dey conspicuous by hin absence for Red Bull Salzburg final fixture for Hartberg on Saturday before the two-month winter break for Austrian league. Solskjaer dey Salzburg on Friday.
“I no dey comment on dem speculations, so na hin be dat,” Solskjaer stress. “Hin know wetin hin wan do and hin know wetin hin wan do. So I no gats dey give any advice to any other teams players.”
Solskjaer dey often opaque with injury bulletins and the candour hin offer about Haaland dey significant. With 24 goals for 20 club games this term and a reputed £20million release clause wey dey only active for January, Solskjaer fit hardly dey blamed for say hin skip United players recovery session for Carrington on Friday.
Haaland embarked on tour of the Red Bull Leipzig and Borussia Dortmund training grounds last week, a la Odegaard five years ago. Odegaard na barely 14 when hin choose to join Real Madrid and still get one appearance to hin name.
As you go expect from a player with close ties to Mino Raiola, Haaland get sense of self-worth. Although hin Norwegian surname dey spelt Håland, hin dun plump for double ‘a’ on the back of hin shirt as e dey more commercially viable.
Haaland fit no get five-year settling in period and enthusiasm among United supporters ontop hin possible mid-season move dun already dey tempered, as hin profligate performance against Liverpool last week no help atall. Haaland waste two presentable opportunities as the game goalless for HT and Liverpool prevailed 2-0.
Na how fickle and unforgiving e fit be for the social media era. Gareth Bale transform from last season accessory to must-have item on the back of hin audaciously awesome Champions League final winner against Liverpool. Harry Maguire social media team deliberately choose image of hin celebration for the Kop – the goal wey drain Liverpool of momentum in dem title challenge – for hin farewell post to Leicester City fans.
Tribalism aside, some Norwegians dey perplexed why plenty plenty journalistic interest in Haaland no dey as hin consider to follow in footsteps of Ronny Johnsen, Solskjaer, Henning Berg, Erik Nevland and Joshua King. Haaland na indie darling as dem even compare am with the box office Alexis Sanchez transfer; a plot where United gazumped City con raided Arsenal five-and-a-half years on from Robin van Persie. Interest fit intensify if Roy Keane meet the Haalands for Manchester Airport.
For Solskjaer to recruit four players and one of dem no go be midfielder would be go be mumuish. United two most experienced midfielders dun spent most of the season for physio room or recuperating for Dubai and Miami and the club intention na to add one midfielder for summer.
Scott McTominay and Fred dun step up, though for games like Everton draw dem limitations dey exposed. United dey devoid of adept playmaker whenever teams dey deep and Solskjaer yarn for September ‘we dey look for some creativity and goals’. Creativity must take precedence.
Solskjaer clarify last week say United need to sign ‘starters’ and Haaland, at 19, no be obvious starter, however fitful Anthony Martial dey four-and-a-half years into hin United career. Mason Greenwood dey apply pressure, though Solskjaer never get courage to outright drop Martial this season, partly due to hin eight-week absence with hamstring strain.
Haaland na the highest scorer for Champions League on seven and e dey laudable, if misleading representation. Moussa Marega tally five for group stage last term with Porto, wey actually progressed through to last 16, unlike Salzburg.
Like Harry Ellis attempted intervention for Die Hard, as we sign Sanchez e con turn idea wey go horrendously wrong. Sanchez put the nose of Martial and Paul Pogba out of joint and the French connection cause disconnection between Mourinho and United board, wey eventually leading to hin downfall.
Martial would no go dey backed as staunchly if hin con start another attacker upset irrespective say Joel Glazer fascinate am wella. Solskjaer rebuke Martial after hin statuesque warm-up against Chelsea for April and no United player go be Teflon, least of all a £58m forward wey get fewer goals than 18-year-old pikin Greenwood.
Berg na last established Norwegian United buy, back in 1997, and Solskjaer reliance on hin compatriots for Cardiff smack of nepotism. Former United academy members Magnus Eikrem and Mats Daehli shared the same agent as Solskjaer in Jim Solbakken and con make 28 appearances between them.
Then one goalscorer dey wey Solskjaer likened Haaland to 18 months ago: “Hin remind me of the type of striker Lukaku be.”