The Norway international has opened up on his move to Borussia Dortmund and weighed in on reports that the Red Devils balked at his pay packet.
Erling Haaland insists that asserts Manchester United pulled from their pursuit of him because of excessive wage demands are”funny”, showing that he had already settled on his movement to Borussia Dortmund.
The Norway international combined the Bundesliga outfit last month and has proved an immediate sensation, with eight goals in 270 minutes across his five appearances so far.
Speaking out on his transfer from Red Bull Salzburg last month, Haaland has now rubbished reports that suggested the Premier League outfit withdrew from attempting to sign him due to unacceptable terms.
The 19-year-old had previously played under United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer during their time together at Molde, with the striker adding that he has the utmost respect for his former boss – but he stressed he rebuffed them as he sensed a switch to Signal Iduna Park was the right call.
“Ole has been very significant for me in getting to where I am now,” Haaland said in a meeting with Viasport. “But we reasoned that Dortmund was the best solution for me.
“That was where I felt best about, and for that reason it became Dortmund.”
Pressed on the rumours that United balked at his wage requirements, the Leeds-born attacker dismissed such reports, including: “No, it is the men writing would have to talk to that.
“They will have to explain it to me if they meet me. It’s not my focus, whatsoever.
“It’s kind of comical if I were to get that label. Each of the people closest to me knows that’s not the type of person I am.”
Haaland further highlighted the role played by agent Mino Raiola in helping to secure his deal, saying: “He’s the finest in the world at what he does, as straightforward as that. He’s the ideal agent.
“He gets a good deal of negativity, which is probably because he’s doing such a great job for those he is working for. He has helped a lot and he is a fantastic man to have around.”