Following Erling Braut Håland’s stellar performance against Genk that saw the Red Bull Salzburg star score a hat-trick on his Champions League debut, he’s drawn even more attention from other clubs.
Manchester United are one of the clubs who watched the striker in action on Wednesday, and we explained how the Red Devils have been tracking the the 19-year-old’s development for some time.
The Norway international was born in Leeds in 2000 when his father, Alf-Inge Håland, was playing in England, representing Nottingham Forest, Leeds United.
TV2 interviewed Håland Sr after Erling’s impressive display against Genk and the former stressed his past association with Manchester United’s rivals, Leeds and City, would have no bearing on his son’s possibility of joining the Old Trafford club.
“It would be nice (interest from United and others). It is important to distinguish between being a supporter and a job. So, I have a very relaxed relationship. It’s a little different when it’s serious,” Alf-Inge said.
The teenager has managed 17 goals and five assists in nine appearances in all competitions for Salzburg this term. Regarding his son’s fine form, Alf-Inge says, “He is a good player who plays for a very good team. It’s a club that bets on young [players] and has given him the chance.
“They have thought for a long time that they would give him the chance this summer, and at the same time there are many things that have taken place.
“Most of the job he has done himself, but he has been assisted by his former teammates and current coaches and teammates, in addition to the hard work of many years.”
Erling Braut Håland once made it clear that his dream would be to win the Premier League with Leeds United, and it had been thought a move to Manchester United would be off the table, however, his father has made it clear that’s not the case.