Ole Gunnar Solskjaer reveals Erling Haaland ‘struggled with bad knees’ when breaking through at Molde but will not rule out summer move for the ‘born winner’
- Ole Gunnar Solskjaer worked with striking sensation Erling Haaland at Molde
- The now United boss saw first hand the potential of his fellow countryman
- But Solskjaer has revealed Haaland ‘struggled really bad with his knees’
- United are heavily linked to make a summer move alongside rivals City
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has produced the concerning news that striking sensation Erling Haaland ‘suffered really badly with his knees’ not that long ago in his career.
Borussia Dortmund star Haaland is currently the most in-demand striker in world football and is heavily tipped to make a big move this summer.
Solskjaer’s Manchester United are one of the many sides believed to be ready to post an official interest, and the Old Trafford boss knows the youngster well from their time together at Molde.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer previously worked with Erling Haaland during their time at Molde
Haaland showed his capabilities at a very tender age, Solskjaer revealed, but early injury concerns have been a factor in his career.
Speaking during a fans Q&A interview with Sky Sports, Solskjaer was in a reflective mood when the subject of Haaland naturally came up.
The United boss was keen to talk up his many abilities, though revealed that issues with his knees were an early obstacle for Haaland when breaking through.
Haaland’s rise this season has seen him become the most wanted striker in European football
He came as a 16-year-old, of course, you never know with injuries, he struggled really badly with bad knees when he came. But I could see someone with a personality.
‘I remember him brushing off and putting our centre-back and centre midfielders, two big, massive lads, he put them on the floor and asked them to get up. He’s a born winner.
He’s got a great personality, of course. He’s proving to everyone how good a player he is.
‘We played against Zenit in the Europa League play-off and the referee came to me after and said, ‘He’ll play in the Champions League soon.’ We did know.
‘He’s a top personality. I played with Alf [Haaland’s father], he’s a bit old school in that respect. He’s a winner.’
Solskjaer would not be drawn into direct transfer speculation, but failed to rule out a summer move for the Norwegian forward.
In the last few days Haaland has been strongly linked with Manchester City, in a move which would see him follow in his father’s footsteps.
As reported by Sportsmail, City will step up their efforts to secure Haaland after recently announcing club legend Sergio Aguero will be moving on at the end of the season.