Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has revealed he told Manchester United to sign Erling Haaland for a fee of £4 million back in 2018, but the club declined his advice.
Solskjaer, who had previously worked with Haaland at Molde, had recognized the young striker's potential. However, the Norway international went on to join Red Bull Salzburg and then Borussia Dortmund before his transfer to Manchester City for £51.2 million in 2020.
Even though Haaland is now considered one of the world's best players at just 22 years old, he could have ended up at United instead of their cross-town rivals. Solskjaer says he had informed United about Haaland's abilities before he became the Red Devils' manager, but his recommendation was ignored.
"I called United about six months before I took over and told them that I'd got this striker that we had but they didn't listen," the ex-United boss said, via The Sun.
"I asked for £4million for Haaland but they didn't sign him."
In his first season playing in English football for Manchester City, Haaland has achieved a remarkable feat by scoring 51 goals in 47 matches across all competitions. Solskjaer, who shares the same nationality as Haaland, congratulated the striker on his transfer to the Premier League when he joined City, as the attacker told Manchester Evening News.