Erik ten Hag's Manchester United are comfortably placed at the fourth spot in the Premier League 2022-23 points table with one point more than the fifth-placed Liverpool and having played a game less. On the other hand, their city rivals Manchester City are cruising towards their third consecutive league title as star striker Erling Haaland becomes the top scorer in the history of the Premier League, however, former Man United coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer revealed the possibility of signing Haaland during his tenure at the Old Trafford.
Erling Haaland is leading the Premier League goal-scoring with 35 goals in 32 matches and also the UCL top scorer with 12 goals in nine matches so far as Manchester City will host defending champions Real Madrid at the Etihad Stadium in the second leg of their UCL semifinal on Wednesday, May 17.
While Solskjaer was the manager at Manchester United, Haaland played for Molde followed by his transfer to Austrian side RB Salzburg and German giants Borussia Dortmund. For the first time, Solskjaer revealed that he asked Man United to sign Haaland for just £4 million in 2018, unfortunately, the English club ignored the suggestion to bring the Norwegian striker to the Old Trafford. While speaking at 'An Evening with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer', the Norwegian coach said, "I called United about six months before I took over and told them that I’d got this striker that we had but they didn’t listen. I asked for £4 million for Haaland but they didn’t sign him."
In July 2022, Haaland joined Manchester City for £50 million and is now rated as the world’s most valuable striker at around £200 million, exceeding the likes of Kylian Mbappe and Neymar Jr. On the other hand, the 50-year-old Norwegian manager led the Red Devils from 2018 to 2021 and helped the English giants to reach five semi-finals, one final, and a second-place finish in the Premier League.