Solskjaer makes confident Erling Haaland prediction and admits his ‘pride’

Manchester United manager Ole Gunner Solskjaer is “proud” to have helped contributed to Erling Haaland ‘s rise.

The Borussia Dortmund striker is one of the most prolific goalscorers in world football, having netted 33 goals in 32 appearances in all competitions for the Bundesliga side since making the move from RB Salzburg back in January.

Solskjaer signed Haaland for Norwegian side Molde in 2017 and worked with the forward for two seasons before he joined Salzburg.

Since then, the 20-year-old has gone on to notch 16 goals in the Champions League and he is rapidly closing in on Solskjaer’s record of 20 European strikes.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer worked with Erling Haaland at Molde

Speaking ahead of United’s game against Paris Saint-Germain, Solskjaer admitted: “He’ll beat it and very quickly, that’s for sure!

“The boy has had a great start to his career. It was really good to work with him, see the potential in him and some part of me feels proud in having a little input in a rise.”

Speaking back in April, Haaland recalled his time working under Solskjaer in an interview with Eurosport.

Erling Haaland of Borussia Dortmund is taking the Champions League by storm
Haaland is taking the Champions League by storm

“I remember it was frustrating as a young striker, everything goes against you in training,” Haaland remembered.

“I was alone with the keeper and the bar, got crosses from Ole Gunnar, but I missed on every opportunity. I remember Ole then said ‘I think you start this game, so just be ready.’

“Solskjaer and I did some practice on finishing. Not just crosses. I remember he taught me some easy rules.

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“The first one was one-touch [finishes]. That I don’t use too much power and trying to destroy the goal or the goalie with ball.

” I think that I was thinking about doing that and it was something new that he told me. I trained a bit on that, but without scoring. But at least I had it in my head after that training session.”

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