Mino Raiola has claimed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer would be better off focusing on Paul Pogba, rather than discussing Erling Haaland.
Having managed the Norwegian striker at Molde, Solskjaer is understood to be a big admirer of the Borussia Dortmund star who has taken the Bundesliga by storm.
The United boss last week admitted he was proud to make a small contribution to his career.
“The boy has had a great start to his career,” he said, as per the Daily Mirror. “It was really good to work with him, see the potential in him and some part of me feels proud in having a little input in a rise.”
Pretty harmless comments, right?
Well, Raiola has gone all-out attack on United this week after confirming Paul Pogba will leave the club. He told Tuttosport as quoted by respected journalist Fabrizio Romano: “Haaland is like Ibra when he was 20. Solskjaer is a good guy but he was wrong when he said that Erling is like Lukaku… it would be better if Solskjaer thought about finding a way to make Pogba play like a champion, instead of talking about Haaland.”
Raiola to Tuttosport: “Haaland is like Ibra when he was 20. Solskjaer is a good guy but he was wrong when he said that Erling is like Lukaku… it would be better if Solskjaer thought about finding a way to make Pogba play like a champion, instead of talking abt Haaland” 🔴 #MUFC
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) December 8, 2020
United will remain heavily linked with Haaland, but I’m sure they will have a rethink after Raiola’s latest outburst. I suspect the infamous agent is fearful that Pogba’s market value has dropped as well as interest from other big clubs.
Raiola suggested Haaland is happy at Dortmund and will only leave in order to win the game’s biggest honours.
He added: “I can’t talk about Haaland release clause. Rumours say Real Madrid want him?
“This is not new to me… but he is very happy with Borussia Dortmund. Erling wants to win the Champions League. When he’ll leave the club, it will be for his ambition and not for money.”
Haaland is an incredible striker that is destined to be the best in world.
If he keeps scoring at the rate he has been, I reckon we could be looking at a future Ballon d’Or winner.