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Manchester United: Scouts ‘on alert’ after Erling Haaland’s dream Champions League start

Manchester United: Scouts ‘on alert’ after Erling Haaland’s dream Champions League start

Manchester United are monitoring breakthrough youngster Erling Haaland, according to the Mirror.

United, alongside Liverpool and other European giants, are said to be impressed by his performances for Red Bull Salzburg in the Champions League this season.

He’s been linked with Barcelona and Real Madrid in the past month, but the Mirror claim his 20 goals from 13 matches this season have also got Manchester United and Liverpool on ‘alert’ ahead of a potential move.

Haaland became the second teenager to ever score in his first three Champions League appearances, after Karim Benzema, when he scored two in Salzburg’s 3-2 loss to Napoli in midweek.

He’s now the top goalscorer in Europe’s top cup competition with six goals, making him the only teenager to ever score that many in a Champions League season.

With his father being ex-Man City and Leeds United midfielder Alf-Inge Haaland, the report suggests those links might “make it difficult” for him to sign for United.

Haaland has certainly made an immediate impact in both the Champions League and his domestic league, but perhaps the big sides should keep monitoring him for now.

The Mirror’s report makes a valid point about Haaland’s dad’s links, particularly with pictures surfacing of him in a Man City shirt and then him posting an Instagram story of his dad and City cult hero Shaun Goater, labelling it “heroes”.

It’s too soon to tell if this youngster is the real deal, but clubs are certainly right to keep tabs on him for the foreseeable future, because he could turn out to be one of the best signings of the next decade.

Manchester United fans, who do you want your side to sign in January?

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