Manchester United should have pushed harder to sign Erling Haaland in January, according to Paul Scholes.
Haaland became one of the hottest properties in European football at Red Bull Salzburg in the first half of the season, and The 19-year-old hit 28 goals in 22 matches across all competitions for the Austrian outfit.
That earned him a mega money move to Dortmund, where he has scored 16 goals in his first 18 outings for the German side, with his performances or the club firmly establishing him as one of the best in the game right now.
And Scholes thinks United missed a huge opportunity to sign “an out-and-out goalscorer”, and would like to see the Red Devils revive their interest in the Norwegian at some point in the future.
Asked if his old club should have gone all out for Haaland, the United legend told BBC 5 Live: “Yes. Do you know what, when all the talk was about, I hadn’t seen a lot of him, but then once the German football came back and I watched him properly, I thought: ‘Why did Manchester United not just pay whatever anybody wanted for him?’
“He looks that good, he’s still young, and he’s an out-and-out goalscorer. He’s quick as well, he’s got real pace. He’s a big lad, he’s a presence, and he scores goals – and that’s priceless.
“Looking back – and do you know what, he still might be available, who knows, in time – but United are going to have to pay big, big money for him. But so what? He looks the real deal.”
Haaland is a wonderfully gifted young striker that will already cost upwards of £130 million, so if Manchester United do feel like he is the man to help take the club forward, then they will have to pay some serious big money.
He would be a welcome addition to the premier League and a big signing for the club, so it will be interesting to see if the Red Devils do decide to make a move in the future.