Haaland can take United back to the top

Every time Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland hits the target (and he does it a lot), the transfer rumour mill goes into full swing. The 20-year-old Norwegian international left former club Red Bull Salzburg in early 2020 but the step up to one of Europe’s biggest leagues has done little to shut down the gossip columns.

Unfortunately for Borussia Dortmund, while they are seen as a big club, the German domestic scene is dominated by Bayern Munich. Haaland’s chances of landing silverware will be limited as a result so it’s no surprise that transfer talk continues.

Among the many sides linked with the prolific striker, Manchester United attract more column inches than most but do the Red Devils need Haaland and where will he slot in?

Finding the Target

Scoring goals hasn’t been Manchester United’s problem this season. After 24 matches of the new campaign, the Red Devils had found the net on 50 occasions and that’s the highest return of any club in the division. Even the league leaders Manchester City are behind on 49 but its issues at the other end of the pitch that are keeping the Red Devils away from the top spot.

United have conceded 31 times and that’s higher than anyone else in the top five. Many fans would, therefore, argue that a striker isn’t a top priority right now. Bruno Fernandes is the club’s highest scorer this season and his penalty taking duties have helped to take him to the summit.

Behind the Portuguese international, Marcus Rashford is also finding the net at a healthy rate so goals aren’t really a concern.

However, when a player of Erling Haaland’s quality bursts onto the scene, it’s hard to say ‘no’ if he does become available. Since moving from Norway to Red Bull Salzburg in 2018, the attacker has averaged better than a goal a game in all competitions. That record includes his stint at Borussia Dortmund where Haaland has scored 25 goals in his first 24 matches in the 2020/21 season.

United’s Priorities

Manchester United briefly rose back to the top of the English Premier League but, since that point, neighbours and bitter rivals City have gone on a long unbeaten run. As the race for the title becomes a procession, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men are currently in second place, ten points off the leaders.

As a result, football betting markets affiliated with now have the Red Devils as distant second favourites to lift the EPL trophy at the end of the campaign. But it’s not just about the Premier League: United have progressed to the last eight of the FA Cup but a tough trip to Leicester City in the sixth round means they are third favourites behind Manchester City and Chelsea. The Europa League is another possibility and, while Solskjaer’s men face tricky opposition in Real Sociedad in the first knockout round, many bookmakers list United as favourites to lift the trophy.

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In Pole Position?

We’ve established that Erling Haaland might just be Europe’s hottest property right now but that also means that many other clubs will be chasing his signature. The fee and likely wages involved will rule most teams out of the equation but that still leaves a significant amount of other sides who could be in the mix.

Are Manchester United in pole position for the player’s signature? Many reports are focused on the Red Devils for a number of reasons. One report showed the player signing a Manchester United shirt while his father, former Leeds and Nottingham Forest midfielder Alf Inge Haaland, has also been responsible for rumours. One story quotes Haaland senior comparing United with Dortmund while talking about the English side in glowing terms.

With Erling Haaland continuing to impress in the Bundesliga and the Champions League, it seems certain that Borussia Dortmund will be hit with a number of offers this summer but can Manchester United win the race?

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