News – AU – How the time zone confusion resulted in Man United losing to Haaland – for just Sh 450 million


Aside from confusing the different time zones between Norway and England, Europe’s sought-after striker Erling Braut Haaland would now be a Manchester United player

In an unbelievable turn of fate, the then still young striker signed with Red Bull Salzburg The newly appointed Old Trafford boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was frustrated and faced an expensive catch-up game

Everton also missed a chance to catch a young Haaland after their Scandinavian scout, former Millwall keeper Bryan King, made a strong recommendation

Now that the 20-year-old 6-foot-4-inch killer has moved to Borussia Dortmund, he has a £ 75 million release clause that will come into effect in the summer of 2022

Any interest this summer will be met for a demand of £ 150million – a far cry from the fees originally discussed with Manchester United and Everton

King first became aware of the precocious talents of the son of former Leeds United and Manchester City midfielder Alf-Inge Haaland when he scored a goal from the center line

King, who still lives in Norway, said: “The first game I saw him play was for the Norwegian U15 against the Swedish U15 At the start of the game, the Swedish goalkeeper and the middle half were on the verge of 18 year old box

“Norway started and the ball was passed to Erling who, after looking up, flew the ball from the center line into the net

“I was surprised that no English club came on for him even at this young age. He looked like an old English center forward, very powerful

“It didn’t matter who he was playing against – whether it was a 16 year old or a 20 year old he would just get them out of the way”

It was Molde, headed by Solskjaer, who took Haaland from his hometown club, Bryne, and helped promote precocious skills

After Solskjaer was appointed as Manchester United manager, he sought to bring Haaland to Old Trafford while, to King’s dismay, after first discussing a fee with Molde and speaking to the player

It had been agreed that a United representative would call Haaland’s agent Jim Solbakken at 9 a.m. and close a deal worth £ 3m plus add-ons
Borlingia Dortmund’s Erling Braut Haaland in action [Pool via REUTERS / Ina Fassbender]

Molde believed it would be 9 a.m. Norwegian time, but when the call came it was 10 a.m. in Scandinavia, which was an hour ahead in the time zones

By then, the club had made a deal with Red Bull Salzburg, who called at the agreed time

“It was just a lack of communication – a crazy situation that wasn’t anyone’s fault,” said King

Super agent Mino Raiola is now running Haaland’s financial affairs while United, Manchester City, Chelsea and a number of continental giants try to land the striker with the free goal

“He’s made tremendous strides in the last three years. His final strength is very similar to Harry Kane

“When he gets it for the box, Harry makes sure he shoots into the net. Erling is the same. He’s an old-fashioned center forward who loves to score”

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News – AU – How the time zone confusion resulted in Man United losing to Haaland – for only Sh 450 million
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