Owen explains why he’s not ‘excited’ by Man Utd target Haaland

Date published: Tuesday 10th December 2019 6:45

Michael Owen

Michael Owen insists he is not “excited” by Manchester United target Erling Braut Haaland and questions whether the in-demand striker has what it takes “to go to the very top”.

The 19-year-old has put top European clubs on alert with 28 goals in just 21 games so far this season, including finding the net in all five Champions League group games.

He has been tipped to reunite with former boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Manchester United – who managed him at Molde – whilst Liverpool are also said to be keeping tabs on the Norwegian.

But ex-England striker Owen has questioned whether Haaland has the star quality to warrant the hype he has received.

Speaking on BT Sport ahead of the game, Owen said: “He doesn’t get you off your seat, put it that way.

“He does in that way (scoring goals) and that’s absolutely fine. Do you know what, many a player have made great careers out of just scoring goals and that’s absolutely fine.

“But what I’m saying is, are we talking about someone who is going to go to the very top? It’s very hard to see that.



“He’s 19, he’s doing unbelievable for his age, but when you look at the great players, they do things that no-one else can.

“They’re either great dribblers or lightening quick or something.

“I don’t watch him and get excited. I’m not desperate to see him tonight, put it that way, but his stats just make you respect what he’s doing at the moment.

“I’m probably being harsh, he’s 19, but he’s got a long way to go to match the numbers that he’s scoring at the moment.”


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