Ole Gunnar Solskjaer reveals Erling Haaland ‘struggled with bad knees’ when he broke through at Molde, but Man United boss doesn’t rule out summer resistance for ‘born winner’
- Ole Gunnar Solskjaer worked with striking sensation Erling Haaland at Molde
- The Man United boss saw his countryman’s potential firsthand
- But Solskjaer revealed that Haaland was ‘really struggling with his knees’
- United is closely associated with a summer move alongside rival Man City
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has revealed the troubling news that standout sensation Erling Haaland was ‘really hurting his knees’ not so long ago in his career.
Borussia Dortmund star Haaland is currently the most in-demand striker in world football and is heavily tipped to take a big step this summer.
Solskjaer’s Manchester United are one of many sides believed to be willing to post an official interest, and the Old Trafford boss knows the youngster well from their time together at Molde.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer previously worked with Erling Haaland during their time at Molde
Solskjaer explains how Haaland put ‘huge guys’ on the ground during training
Haaland showed his abilities at a very young age, Solskjaer revealed, but early injuries concerns were a factor.
Speaking during a fan Q&A interview with Sky SportsSolskjaer was in a reflective mood when the subject of Haaland naturally came up.
The United boss was keen to talk about his many abilities, but revealed that problems with his knees were an early obstacle for Haaland as he broke through.
The rise of Haaland this season has made him the most sought after striker in European football
He came as a 16 year old of course, you never know with injuries, he really struggled with bad knees when he came. But I could see someone with a personality.
“I remember him brushing off and putting our central defender and midfielders, two big, massive guys, on the ground and asking them to get up. He is a born winner.
‘He has a great personality, of course. He proves to everyone how good a player he is.
“We were playing against Zenit in the Europa League play-off and the referee came up to me and said,” He’s playing in the Champions League soon “. We knew.
Sergio Aguero’s announcement that he will be leaving City has seen Haaland as a favorite to replace him
‘He is a top personality. I played with Alf [Haaland’s father], he’s a bit old-fashioned in that regard. He is a winner. ‘
Solskjaer was not going to be involved in direct transfer speculation, but couldn’t rule out a summer move for the Norwegian forward.
Haaland has been strongly linked to Manchester City in recent days, leading him to follow in his father’s footsteps.
As reported by Sportsmail, City will step up their efforts to bring in Haaland after it was recently announced that club legend Sergio Aguero is moving on at the end of the season.