Incredibly, the 19-year-old’s Champions League treble against Genk this week took his tally for the season already to 17 goals in just nine appearances in all competitions. It was his third hat-trick of the campaign and he has scored 11 in his last six Austrian Bundesliga games.
That level of output won’t fail to make Europe’s top clubs sit up and take notice and 90min understands that as many as 15 Premier League sides had scouts in the stadium on Tuesday night to watch
Although the identity of the exact clubs is unclear, Chelsea and Manchester City are thought to be very keen, while Borussia Dortmund are considered to be leading the race at this early stage.
Manchester United have long had a strong association with Scandinavia and there may be strong factors at play that work in their favour to take
It was under Solskjaer’s tutelage that he scored his first senior goals, finishing the 2018 season with 16 in 30 appearances in all competitions – four of those came in a single 21-minute period in a game against a previously unbeaten Brann last July.
“He can become a top striker, for sure. He reminds me of the type of striker [Romelu] Lukaku is,” Solskjaer told the Norwegian media after that game.
The United boss ultimately culled Lukaku when he got to Old Trafford, but
Solskjaer is a legend at Molde for his achievements as both a player and manager, and more broadly in Norwegian football. His influence in convincing any Norwegian talent, not just
Solskjaer has even already spoken about the possibility of United signing
“He is probably not the world’s biggest Manchester United fan. But if they come to the door, there are not many who say no to that,” the former Molde boss said.
Not only did
“The knee still hurts, that isn't going to go away. I have to accept that. Did that tackle end my career? Well, I never played a full game again, did I? It seems like a great coincidence, don't you think?”
Notwithstanding his father’s personal history,
“The dream is to win the Premier League with Leeds,” he even told Aftenposten in 2017.
However, such a dream is never likely to be reality. Moreover, the same interview, conducted shortly after
If you wondered...Solskjær was Haaland’s manager at Molde....Haaland scored 3 in the Championsleague tonight....he is 19 https://t.co/mzTUSCT1tm— Jan Aage Fjortoft ️ (@JanAageFjortoft) September 17, 2019
United famously signed local Leeds hero Alan Smith in 2004, so crossing that rivalry is obviously never completely off the table in the right circumstances. But what would underpin any transfer for
If moving to Manchester, where chances in a young and changing squad would almost certainly be available, and reuniting with Solskjaer would do that, he would surely find it difficult to reject.