OPINION: United know how to avoid another Erling Haaland disappointment

It wouldn’t be a surprise if Premier League clubs have scaled up their scouting network in Austria.

The country’s dominant side – Red Bull Salzburg – have gained a reputation as a breeding ground for some of Europe’s most promising talents. Dayot Upamecano and Naby Keita both progressed through the club before joining their sister side RB Leipzig while Sadio Mane plied his trade at the Red Bull Arena prior to his switch to Southampton and later Liverpool.

Despite the talents of the above mentioned players, none were sought-after quite like Erling Haaland. The son of former Manchester City man Alf-Inge burst onto the scene last season, netting hat-trick upon hat-trick before links to some of Europe’s biggest sides emerged.

United were interested in signing the Norway international who had worked with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer during his time with Molde while Real Madrid were also considered a serious contender for his signature. However, Haaland opted to join Borussia Dortmund in the January transfer window to leave United fans disappointed. The youngster showed supporters exactly what they missed out on by making a blistering start to life in Germany.

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Patson Daka has stepped up in Erling Haaland’s absence. (Image: Getty/Wyscout)


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