Haaland: What ‘triggered’ me to choose Dortmund over Man Utd

Matt Stead

Erling Braut Haaland says he chose to join Borussia Dortmund instead of Manchester United because he liked how the former “spoke to me”.

Haaland completed a move from Salzburg to Dortmund for around £20million this month after attracting the interest of clubs across Europe.

United were chief among them and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer personally flew to meet the player in an attempt to convince him to join.

He discussed the setback soon after, with Haaland opening up on his decision for the first time on Monday.

“The club said directly: ‘we need you up front. We like your playing style and we want to have you here’,” Haaland told BVB.TV.

“I liked how they spoke to me then and that’s what triggered me. That’s when I felt that me and Dortmund was a good match.”

Discussing his characteristics as a player, he added: “I’m quite a direct player – if I could choose, I’d just go straight towards the goal and score.

“That’s what I do best. I’m a guy who works hard, who loves scoring goals and who loves to play football.

“I also want people to see what kind of player I am. I don’t want to talk too much; I want people to see how I am… and then they will see!”