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Can Erling Haaland turn out be a valuable addition for the Red Devils?

Erling Haaland is among the most sought after young prospect in football at present.

Well as there has been a constant chatter about Erling Haaland’s move to clubs like Manchester United, Chelsea FC, Real Madrid FC and FC Barcelona, all four clubs are keen to sign the shining star of European football but if the deal with Manchester United materializes it will be a solid addition for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side.

Haaland normally plays as a centre forward but the Norwegian can also be utilized as a second striker. The 22-year-old’s presence will add pace in the forward line and seeing his comfort levels of operating at the wings he could turn out to be a perfect partner for Marcus Rashford who also plays at the left wing. 

Erling Braut Haaland celebrates with teammates

Playing Haaland as a right winger will provide enough penetration and speed on either sides of the wings. Haaland’s counter attacking style of play will be beneficial for the side as Manchester United’s star forwards Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and the experienced veteran Edinson Cavani are more comfortable with their attacking brand of football. The trio of Haaland, Rashford and Martial possess pace and speed as they will possess a big threat if Manchester United bring Haaland to Old Trafford.

How will Erling Haaland fit in?

Erling Haaland

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer normally uses 4-2-3-1 formation which has till now suited the team combination. Manchester United’s 3-1 win over Tottenham Hotspur on 11th April gave enough proof of this. In some games Solksjaer and the team management have also employed 3-4-1-2 and 4-4-2 formation but 4-2-3-1 has been more beneficial for the side.

If Haaland makes a move to Old Trafford the 4-2-3-1 formation will in all likelihood favour the Red Devils as SolskJaer and the team management will have enough options in the forward line as it will allow Solksjaer to pick an attacking midfielder also. With Bruno Fernandes also looking in prime form the midfield has looked well organized and the presence of the charismatic Paul Pogba as always has provided skill, creativity and durability in the midfield due to his playmaking skills.

Fernandes’ combination with Haaland will be crucial especially against sides with more solidity in defense. Haaland’s transfer will surely bring a lot at the table for Solskjaer and it will strengthen up Manchester United in every department including the defense where the likes of Harry Maguire and Luke Shaw have teamed up well with some solid defending.

Haaland has scored has scored some sensational goals this season for Borussia Dortmund FC and with the kind of form he is in the striker is looking unstoppable at the moment. Haaland’s biggest strength is his ability to score from difficult position even during set pieces which makes him a dangerous option. Haaland has scored 21 goals in 23 Premier League games so far with 6 assists to his name while he has netted 10 goals in 7 Champions League games with 2 assists to his name so far this season.It will be interesting to see how quickly he adapts to Manchester United’s style of play.

It will be a big challenge for the youngster but playing for such a big club will be a boost for his career. Haaland will require time to grow and needs to show the commitment to survive the competition in English football but playing for Manchester United and playing under Solksjaer will make him temperamentally as well as technically aware of his game as well as about the opposition’s strengths keeping in mind the challenging playing conditions in English football.

Solskjaer needs to give enough playing time to the Norwegian keeping in mind the team combination and the opposition’s game plan. It will be a valuable and productive signing if Manchester United manage to land this precious deal.

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