Manchester United fans can rejoice with the news that Erling Haaland is flying into Manchester with his father to discuss his presumably imminent move to Old Trafford.
Haaland is in the air as this post goes live, with his plane from Stavanger due to land in Manchester at 10.15am.
Haaland and United representatives have met numerous times in recent weeks but this is the first time the Norwegian international has travelled to the UK for transfer negotiations.
‘He is a player I like. We are looking for good players all the time,’ Solskjaer told Viasport. Erling has had a good development, so he has to develop further wherever he decides.
‘I don’t need to talk so much about him, but we as a team always look for players who can complement the others we have, and then we see what we end up with.’
There was some discussion that his agent, the controversial Mino Raiola, would prefer an ‘intermediary’ move to a club like Dortmund, that could be used as a stepping stone. And maybe United in their current plight are seen as just that.
Some have questioned the wisdom of the move, mainly in terms of United’s apparent bigger problems and priorities in terms of a left back or their midfield issues.
But it is clear that a striker is necessary; United have two very gifted forwards in Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford but it is clear neither have the killer instinct that the club have been missing for years.
Now, with Haaland, Solskjaer will be hoping he will be close to landing the sort of striker it was hoped Romelu Lukaku would develop into; an aggressive poacher with confidence. For this writer, the move makes perfect sense, as for the first time in years the club have a great supply line with the crosses of Daniel James. James has been under-par in recent weeks but the thought of a new striker to cross to may well galvanise him.
Solskjaer is of course familiar with Haaland, having worked with him at Molde, and that relationship appears to be pivotal in acquiring one of the most highly-rated strikers on the market. Unlike the signings of Ibrahimovic, Lukaku and Sanchez, Haaland’s status as a hungry young striker should hopefully be enough to encourage the likes of Anthony Martial to up their game, whilst also taking some of the burden off of Marcus Rashford’s shoulders.