Alf-Inge Haaland has revealed that his son chose to join Borussia Dortmund over Manchester United because Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was the ‘only’ person pushing for the transfer.
Dortmund chiefs emerged victorious in the chase for the teenager’s signature in January after agreeing an £18million deal with Red Bull Salzburg.
The Bundesliga club have reaped the rewards of the signing, with the Norwegian starlet scoring a staggering nine goals in five Bundesliga appearances since making the move.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was reportedly desperate to sign his fellow countryman – with whom he worked with at Molde – and flew to Norway to hold talks with his representatives.
But Haaland’s father, former Man City and Leeds star Alf-Inge, has revealed both him and kingpin agent Mino Raiola opted for Dortmund because they felt they had the full backing of the German club.
“You never know how it would go in other clubs,” he told TV2.
“It may well have been good, too, if we had chosen a different route. We’ll never get an answer to that. But we are very happy with the clubs he has been in.
“You have to go to a club where the whole club wants you, not just the coach.
“I think that’s the most important thing, in addition to how the club has been over the last five or ten years and what direction they’ve taken.
“Because it’s dangerous to just sign for a coach, because he can suddenly be sacked.”