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Man Utd boss Solskjaer ‘keeps in touch’ with hotshot Haaland

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The 20-year-old striker has established himself as one of the hottest prospects in world football during goal-laden stints with Austrian side Salzburg and Dortmund.

Solskjaer coached Haaland, the son of his former Norway international team-mate Alf-Inge, at Molde and had hoped to persuade the frontman to link up with him again at Old Trafford last season.

But the striker opted for a move to Dortmund in December 2019.

Haaland’s agent, Mino Raiola, has said only 10 clubs in the world can afford him, with four of those teams in England.

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Asked if the forward was somebody he would like to see one day at Old Trafford, Solskjaer replied: “I think when you have had kids and players through as a coach, you follow them, of course, and I keep in touch with Erling.

“So it’s great to see him become the player he has become and I know he’ll work to improve all the time.

“He’s a Dortmund player. We just wish him well there and then let’s see what life will bring later on.”

“Who wasn’t interested in him a year ago?” he added. “Because everyone would say you’d take the best players in the world and Erling is a top player.”

Solskjaer was speaking on the eve of Thursday’s Europa League round-of-32 return leg against Real Sociedad, which United approach all but assured of progress following last week’s 4-0 win in Turin.