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Liverpool and Arsenal ‘missed out on Erling Haaland after narrowing him down as a target man’


Former chief scout at Molde, John Vik, has recalled the second he noticed Erling Haaland throughout coaching and realised the potential he had and has advised that high Premier League golf equipment missed out on the striker.

Haaland was at Molde between 2017 and 2019 earlier than he finally left for Austrian facet RB Salzburg, however at the moment, Vik has admitted that he and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer who was the Molde boss tried to alert Manchester United to his potential.

He informed The Athletic: ‘I bear in mind at some point once I was watching Erling practice. He had been with us seven or eight months, he was coaching actually onerous and he had develop into a part of the squad. I walked all the way down to see Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who was Molde’s supervisor, and I mentioned, “You have to call Manchester United, mate – this is unreal what we are looking at.”

Erling Haaland (left) played under ex-Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (right)

Erling Haaland (left) performed below ex-Manchester United supervisor Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (proper)

‘Me and Ole understood that this child was so good we weren’t going to have the ability to hold him. Ole agreed with completely all the things. “I will put a phone call in”, he mentioned, “they need to hear about this kid”.

‘We had mates at United. I used to work carefully with United, within the early 2000s, and a lot of the guys I knew had gone. However Ole was Ole. “For God’s sake”, I mentioned, “call Nicky Butt (then United’s head of academy), or call somebody, because this kid is”.

‘This was even earlier than Erling had actually began to play for Molde correctly. Ole put the cellphone name in. So the title was put in. Then, how or whether or not United adopted it up, I do not know.’

United didn’t comply with by way of an entire a switch to signal Haaland, as he went to Salzburg after which Bundesliga facet Borussia Dortmund the place he proved he may make the step up, and now he’s starring within the Premier League with Manchester Metropolis following a summer season swap value £51million.

John Vik says Haaland (pictured) was scouted by Liverpool and Arsenal when he was at Molde

John Vik says Haaland (pictured) was scouted by Liverpool and Arsenal when he was at Molde

Vik introduced Haaland to Molde and believed that he would transfer on to larger and higher issues in his profession, however he needed to inform scouts from Premier League sides together with Liverpool and Arsenal to not decide him as a goal man resulting from his peak.

He mentioned: ‘I feel they (the English scouts) checked out him as a goal man as a result of he was so massive.

‘I stored telling them, “He’s not a target man – if you’re going to judge him that way, you’re going to be disappointed”, I bear in mind one event when the staff have been out in Spain.

‘I used to be with a few of my colleagues from Premier League golf equipment and I bear in mind saying, “I have to repeat myself, guys, don’t judge him as a target man, you have to look beyond that. He runs in between, he chases space, he’s fantastic in the box, he’s that kind of player”.

Haaland did leave Molde but instead of moving to England he joined Austrian side RB Salzburg

Haaland did depart Molde however as an alternative of shifting to England he joined Austrian facet RB Salzburg

‘I used to be considering to myself, “Am I the guy who is getting it wrong? Am I seeing this the wrong way?”. However there has all the time been this notion with some English golf equipment {that a} striker must look a sure approach, and {that a} centre-half must look a sure approach, and also you want a sure body for a sure function.

‘After they have been seeing a giant striker like Erling, they have been seeing a goal man and I feel they forgot to take a look at what else he may do.

“Liverpool could have got him. Arsenal could have got him. Everyone was there to watch him but these clubs were seeing a No 9 who was tall and broad and, “Oh, he’ll be a goal man”. I could not for the lifetime of me see why they’d narrowed him down that approach.

Liverpool were one of the clubs to have scouted Haaland but judged him as a target man

Liverpool have been one of many golf equipment to have scouted Haaland however judged him as a goal man

‘I did not like him together with his again in direction of the aim and, on the time, he could not actually head the ball. I preferred it when he turned spherical, when he chased into pockets, when he ran between the traces, his motion within the field. He did not need to maintain the ball up, he simply wished to show and go.

‘There will likely be a variety of golf equipment kicking themselves as a result of we will all see now what he’s good at.’

Whereas these golf equipment could remorse their selections remodeled Haaland, Manchester Metropolis boss Pep Guardiola will likely be glad they held again their curiosity as he has already proved able to performing in England’s high flight.

Haaland has began his Metropolis profession in good vogue, scoring 12 targets in seven video games in all competitions. 

Haaland has started his Manchester City career well as he has been prolific in front of goal

Haaland has began his Manchester Metropolis profession effectively as he has been prolific in entrance of aim


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