Erling Haaland transfer admission made by Solskjaer amid Man Utd interest

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has said he is "following" the progress of Erling Haaland at Borussia Dortmund, after the Manchester United manager was asked whether the forward could make the move to Old Trafford.

Haaland has been heavily linked with a transfer to United and worked with Solskjaer during his time at Molde.

Speaking to Norwegian outlet VG, Solskjaer was asked about Haaland's progress and whether his relationship with the 20-year-old means a switch to United could be on the cards.

"Erling will have a fantastic career," Solskjaer replied. "I'm following Erling. I've always said that. Was it 18 months we had together or something? Almost two years, maybe. A wonderful time. He will definitely have a great career for both Norway and his club.

"He is doing incredibly well for Dortmund, so we'll see where he ends up. As a Norwegian and someone who has worked with him, it is of course fun that he does so well.

"We will do what we can to become a better team, then he will do what he can to become a better player. Where does he end up? I do not want to say anything other than that, that I wish him all the best. Which choice he makes may be up to him."

Solskjaer also reflected on a chat with a then 17-year-old Haaland in 2018 when the forward was struggling for form in front of goal.

He said: "I reckon that Erling remembers when we sat on Lubbenes [Molde's training ground] the day before the Brann match. I felt it was an important day both for Molde, for him and for our relationship."

During the game against Brann, Haaland scored four goals in 20 minutes and he has since called that game a "turning point" in his career.

Speaking to Eurosport in April last year, Haaland said: "When I look back, it was really a pretty strange time, the start of 2018. That match [versus Brann] somehow became a kind of turning point for my career, if you can say it that way."

He continued: "I remember it was frustrating as a young striker, everything goes against you on training. I was alone with the keeper and the bar, got crosses from Ole Gunnar, but I missed on every opportunity. I remember Ole then said 'I think you start this game, so just be ready'."

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