Ole reacts to Dortmund beating Man Utd to ‘fantastic boy’ Haaland

Date published: Thursday 2nd January 2020 10:10

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admitted Borussia Dortmund had signed a “fantastic boy” as they confirmed the signing of Erling Haaland.

After months of speculation linking the former RB Salzburg striker with a move to Old Trafford, Dortmund announced the capture of the 19-year-old on Sunday in one of the signings of the season.

The Norwegian has been in blistering form this season, having scored 28 goals in 22 games – including five hat-tricks – but has declared that he had little doubt that moving to the Bundesliga was the right career choice.

However, after giving his initial thoughts on missing out on Haaland and his attacking options prior to the clash at Arsenal, the United manager was asked once again after seeing his side draw a blank in a 2-0 defeat at Emirates Stadium.

“Well, Dortmund have signed a fantastic boy, I can’t answer more than that,” was the only response Solskjaer gave on the matter.

Solskjaer has also revealed Manchester United are “looking at one or two” players in the January transfer window after it was confirmed midfielder Paul Pogba will be absent for the next month.

He has been advised to undergo surgery on his ankle and it means the Old Trafford club could be more active than expected in the window, especially with Scott McTominay out with a knee injury.

“Of course it is playing on our decision making when we have two players out – Paul for a month and Scott for two,” Solskjaer said.

“That will give us less options and we have loads of games and important games, but still it has to be right and that is the big point.

“If it’s available and if it’s possible we will do something, definitely. We are looking at one or two.”

Without Pogba and McTominay at Arsenal, Nemanja Matic and Fred lined up together in the centre of the park.

The duo helped United to three points at Burnley, but could not have the same effect at the Emirates.

Solskjaer added: “We’ve been without him (Pogba) all season so the boys who have been playing, they have been fantastic.

“It is a big blow that Paul is out, now that Scott’s out because Scott will be out for a few months and that is a big blow for us. Scott has been magnificent.

“We hoped Paul could come back, he can’t and he will be back in a month, but Nemanja and Fred, if they play like they did (at Arsenal), I’m happy with them because they played well the two of them. ”

United sent Pogba for a scan after he reported pain in his ankle after Boxing Day’s win over Newcastle and it confirmed he needed an operation.

“It is nothing major,” Solskjaer insisted. “It is something that has to be sorted and dealt with, within a time frame.

“He has been advised to do it as soon as and he probably will do it as soon as. He will be out for three or four weeks probably.”

 

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