Erling Braut Haaland has been scouted by Manchester United again; scoring twice and getting an assist

A week ago, it was reported that Manchester United scout Tommy Moller Nielsen had watched Molde’s 17-year-old striker Erling Braut Haaland score four goals for his club. This weekend, Nielsen was back watching Haaland, this time in a 5-1 victory over Valerenga. Haaland did not score four goals this weekend but he did set up teammate Mattias Mostrom in the fifth minute before scoring his first, after a corner in the 20th minute, before scoring his second goal of the game in the 57th minute.

Nielsen has seen Haaland score six goals in two matches which could suggest it may not be long before United declare an interest in the player with Nicky Butt seeking to bring the best players from Europe to the club this summer. Haaland has spoken of his desire in the past to play in the Premier League and with United seemingly interested in him, this could be his chance to learn at the club and work his way to representing the first team in the years to come.

Leeds United supporters, of which Haaland it one himself, would tell you that the player would reject United immediately and always choose to sign for Leeds. However, when you look at the success or lack of it in Leeds, why would a player turn down United if it meant his dream as a player would be close to happening – playing in the Premier League. It is not like Leeds will get there anytime soon.

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Since being relegated from the Premier League in the 2003/04 season, Leeds spent three seasons in the Championship before being relegated to League One at the end of the 2006/07 season as the bottom club in the league. Then they spent three seasons trying to achieve promotion, succeeding in the 2009/10 season, spending the next eight seasons in the Championship, achieving the dizzy heights of seventh just twice, finishing as a mid-table team on six other occasions, including last season where they finished 13th, six places below their finish in the previous season.

If Haaland has any common sense, rejecting Leeds and playing for a team that can remain in the top flight would be the best option for him. He would probably play first team matches for Leeds, despite his age, but at United, he would have to play U18, U19 or U23 level football, where he will continue to learn and develop then could win promotion to the first team and achieve his dream of playing in the Premier League. At Leeds, they would need to achieve Premier League football first, which after 14 consecutive seasons away, is going to be hard to achieve.

United may decide to make a move this summer, with a month to go before the transfer window closes a day before the opening Premier League match of the season. However, if they allow the weeks to progress, they may face more competition for Haaland. With Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as his manager at Molde, he could be given the advice he needs to kick-start his career in the European game. However, he could remain in Norway, playing first team football for Molde this season, with clubs returning in January or next summer. The player turns 18 in 12 days.

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