Manchester United are again being linked with a move for Erling Haaland. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer still wants to sign his compatriot, believing he can be the Red Devils’ No 9 for over a decade. But Mason Greenwood, should he keep developing, could see that change.
Manchester United thought they’d done enough to sign Haaland earlier in the year.
Solskjaer and Ed Woodward flew to Austria to talk to the 20-year-old about a potential move to Old Trafford, having seen him flourish at RB Leipzig.
United thought they’d done enough. Haaland had verbally agreed a move to the Premier League, believing now was the time to chance his arm at the highest level.
Then the doubts.
It was Woodward, in the end, who pulled the plug. As ever with the Red Devils supremo it was a decision based on things behind the scenes, rather than on the pitch.
Woodward was against the idea of paying such a huge fee to Mino Raiola, having paid the super-agent a massive £41m upon the club re-signing Paul Pogba from Juventus in the summer transfer window of 2016.
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Solskjaer rates the England international immensely highly. He binned off both Alexis Sanchez and Romelu Lukaku to accommodate the 19-year-old last term, with his faith then rewarded.
Greenwood scored 17 goals for United across all competitions last season, with only Martial and Marcus Rashford managing more.
And what’s exciting is that Solskjaer feels there’s plenty more to come, that the talented teenager won’t just be a one-season wonder.
In July, the United manager claimed the youngster was arguably the ‘best finisher’ he’s ever seen at the club.
Which, when you consider he played alongside the likes of Dwight Yorke, Andy Cole, Ruud van Nistelrooy, Louis Saha and Wayne Rooney, is quite the compliment.
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“Mason is one of the best if not the best finisher I have worked with and seen,” said the 47-year-old.
“He is so calm. He knows where to finish if it is on the training ground, here or in his garden at home.”
United fans have seen Greenwood used predominantly on the right wing since he made his debut in March 2019.
But it’s the central role where he’s expected to shine over the coming years.
And, if that happens, United may not deem Haaland the priority. The plan could change – and Greenwood could save the club millions in cash in the process.
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