Erling Haaland’s Father Makes Dortmund and Manchester United Comparison

Nov 20, 2020, 6:30 PM GMT
Erling Haaland
Erling Haaland was linked to Manchester United before he signed for Dortmund | Pool/Getty Images

Erling Haaland's father has spoken out about his son's future and compared his current club Borussia Dortmund to Manchester United.

The 21-year-old was heavily linked with a move to Manchester United last January before opting to join German giants Borussia Dortmund instead, where he has set the world on fire with 27 goals in 29 appearances.

His father Alf-Inge is well known to English audiences after spells with Leeds and Man City, and he's regularly been asked questions in the media about Erling's long-term future.

Erling Haaland
Haaland celebrates yet another goal | Lars Baron/Getty Images

Now, speaking to German outlet Sport1 (via Manchester Evening News), he has reflected on the similarities between Dortmund and United, ones that are regularly made because the Red Devils were known admirers of Haaland before he moved to the Bundesliga.

"Manchester United have achieved great success in recent year," Alf-Inge said. "The club is also trying to build something new there. But to draw this comparison now is not so easy because he [Erling] is already playing in Dortmund.

"These are two very traditional clubs with a large fan base and a glorious history. Man United is a very proud club, just like Dortmund in Germany."  

Jadon Sancho, Erling Haaland
Haaland and Sancho were both heavily linked with a move to Manchester United in the last 12 months | Lukas Schulze/Getty Images

United were also heavily linked with Haaland's teammate Jadon Sancho this summer, but Dortmund were tough negotiators and refused to sanction a deal after his £108m asking price was not met.

Alf-Inge continued by praising how Dortmund look after their young players, adding that his son is happy in the environment he's currently in.

"I don't think the bosses need to be clearer. You take good care of him and are very happy with his performance. He can play almost every week and thanks him with many goals for the team. Is there anything more beautiful? So he's fine. We don't have to discuss this in the media.

"He is happy to be in Dortmund and to play for this club. There are so many nice people there and it really is a fantastic club."

Haaland remains a target for United, as well as Real Madrid, amid reports that the Norwegian international has a release clause of €75m that becomes active in the summer of 2022.