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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer talks up Borussia Dortmund starlet Erling Haaland ahead of Champions League

Published on: 01 December 2020

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has once again talked up the talents of Borussia Dortmund sensation Erling Haaland, insisting he is 'proud' to have once coached the Norway striker.

Solskjaer took Haaland under his wing when coaching in his home nation as manager of Molde, and played a role in the rapid rise of the 20-year-old who is now regarded among the world's best strikers.

And now, after immediately finding his feet at Dortmund and amassing 16 goals in the Champions League, Haaland is well on the way to breaking Solskjaer's record of 20 before he even finishes his teenage years.

Solskjaer currently stands as Norway's all-time leading Champions League scorer, with John Carew in second place with 18 goals, but the United boss has no doubt that Haaland will surpass his total in the blink of an eye.

Speaking this week in his pre-match press conference, ahead of United facing Paris Saint Germain on Wednesday, Solskjaer said of Haaland and the goals record: 'He’ll beat it and very quickly, that’s for sure.

‘The boy has had a great start to his career.

'It was really good to work with him, to see the potential in him, and some part of me feels proud of having a little bit of an input in such a rise.

‘I’m sure Erling will score loads in the Champions League,'  Solskjaer added.

The United manager was hotly tipped for a reunion with Haaland when the youngster left RB Salzburg in January, only for Dortmund to steal a march on all rivals and convince the striker he would best develop at the Westfalenstadion.

Solskjaer isn't the only man to be reeled in by Haaland. The youngster's 16 goals in just 12 matches in Europe's elite competition has seen him surpass the likes of Zinedine Zidane and Brazil legend Ronaldo.

Brazil and Real Madrid icon Ronaldo only managed to score 14 times in the Champions League throughout his career while former France midfielder Zidane  also netted the same total.

Haaland has also surpassed David Villa and Miroslav Klose, who both recorded 14 goals as well during their time playing in the Champions League.

Furthermore, Haaland also sits above the likes of Carlos Tevez, Olivier Giroud (both 13), Michael Owen, Diego Costa (both 11) Christian Vieri (10) and Dennis Bergkamp (7).


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