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Solskjaer would still have Man Utd job had club not made ‘mind-boggling’ decision to not sign Haaland, says Allardyce

SAM ALLARDYCE believes Ole Gunnar Solskjaer would still be manager of Manchester United if they signed Erling Haaland.

United are said to have missed out on signing the striker twice – once while he was at Molde and again at RB Salzburg when Borussia Dortmund snapped him up.

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Erling Haaland has been in prolific goalscoring form since signing for Borussia DortmundCredit: Alamy
Manchester United were linked to Haaland when Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was in charge

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Manchester United were linked to Haaland when Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was in chargeCredit: Getty

He has since scored 80 goals in 79 games for the German outfit – goals which would have saved Solskjaer’s job if they had come at Old Trafford, according to Big Sam.

Allardyce told Genting Casino: “Manchester United, I still think that, had they secured him, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer would still be in the job.

“And why United decided to let him go has been mind-boggling for me ever since it happened. And Ole had worked with him.

“Allegedly, it came down to finance, then that is the biggest mistake that United – not Ole – made. I think Ole would still be in a job if he actually signed him.”

United let Romelu Lukaku go under Solskjaer’s reign and struggled to replace his goals.

Edinson Cavani, Odion Ighalo and Cristiano Ronaldo were signed to fill the lone striker role in different transfer windows but none of them have hit the goalscoring form Haaland has in the Bundesliga.

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There are a queue of clubs lining up to sign the Norwegian including Real Madrid and Barcelona but Allardyce thinks the Red Devils are favourites to land his signature.

He added: “I think the best chance Manchester United have is based on the whole financial package simply because Real Madrid and Barcelona haven’t got enough in the coffers at the moment.

“They have never been as skint as they are now.”

But Barcelona president Joan Laporta has calimed it is very possible the club will be able to sign Haaland.

The Catalans have shown a resurgence in the transfer market this month – signing Premier League pair Ferran Torres and Adama Traore.

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