Solskjaer plays down Manchester United interest in Erling Braut Haaland

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has played down recent rumors regarding Manchester United’s interest in Red Bull Salzburg prodigy Erling Braut Haaland

    The 19-year-old striker has been a revelation this season, netting six goals in the Champions League group stage already.

    After becoming the first player to score a hat-trick in his Champions League debut in Salzburg’s 6-2 demolition of Genk, the Norwegian starlet went on to find the net against Liverpool and bag a brace against Napoli last time out.

    Widely regarded as one of the hottest prospects in European football, Haaland has already racked up 20 goals in all competitions this term, drawing attention to his burgeoning talent.

    Short of prolific goalscorers who can guarantee at least 20 goals per season, Manchester United are credited with a strong interest in the youngster’s services.

    Solskjaer has already worked with Haaland during his time with Molde, but he has refused to confirm or deny his admiration for the former protégé.

    “I don’t think it’s the time now for me to talk about other teams’ strikers,” said the Norwegian tactician following United’s 1-0 away win over Partizan Belgrade in the Europa League.

    “I spoke about Harry Kane yesterday and Erling today, I don’t think it’s right for me,” he concluded, according to the Daily Mirror.

    The Red Devils will try to kick-start their Premier League campaign when they visit the newly-promoted Norwich City on Saturday, looking to bring a frustrating four-game winless league run to a halt.

    Much will depend on Solskjaer’s firepower that has failed to live up to expectations so far, gobbling just ten goals in the opening nine rounds of the Premier League fixtures.

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