Ex-Manchester United Chief Spills the Beans on Failed Erling Haaland & Jude Bellingham Signing

Published 02/07/2024, 10:35 PM EST

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I just want to win.” Sir Jim Ratcliffe’s words were music to the ears of Manchester United fans. Nearly 2 decades of questionable investment under the Glazers has affected the Red Devils, both on & off the pitch. This is well understood by former CEO Ed Woodward’s comments. Woodward recently offered an answer to the question that has left many fans puzzled; “Why couldn’t United beat Borussia Dortmund to the signings of highly rated talents Erling Haaland & Jude Bellingham? “. And the answer is not one that the fans would like to hear.

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Ole Gunnar Solksjaer’s period in charge did not bring silverware to the 20x English champions. Being a club legend, nobody could doubt his passion and commitment to the club. The Norwegian, nicknamed the ‘Baby-faced assassin’, in his time, wanted to bring the squad’s average age down. For this, he had identified 3 young talents, Erling Haaland, Bellingham & Declan Rice. Although the club did not even attempt acquiring Declan Rice, they wanted to sign Haaland & Bellingham. But, it did not work out and Woodward further explained the story.

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Ed Woodward told ESPN that Manchester United was not willing to offer Borussia Dortmund’s guarantee of ‘minutes’ for Bellingham. Also, regarding Erling Haaland, Woodward revealed the club believed he was destined for Manchester City. Although the upper management couldn’t secure any of Solksjaer’s top targets, they did sign a talented Donny van de Beek. However, neither Solksjaer nor the future managers have preferred Van De Beek. As a result, with less than 70 appearances in nearly 4 years, the transfer did not benefit the Dutchman or the club.

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While Woodward holds destiny responsible for the failed Erling Haaland signing, one of the club’s legends doesn’t share the same sentiment. In fact, he believes it was an opportunity missed by the Glazers.

Manchester United should have ‘paid over the odds’ for Erling Haaland, reckons club legend

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Being a goalscorer himself, Dwight Yorke knows a good striker when he sees one. He believes Ole Gunnar Solskjaer should have secured the Haaland deal. He said, “ think we missed the boat with Haaland. There was an opportunity under Ole [Gunnar Solskjaer] to have got him, from what I know. We could have gone out there and paid over the odds. We have been paying over the odds.”

Out of the 10 most expensive English Premier League stars ever, Manchester United has bought 4 of them. Hence, it’s puzzling why they didn’t go for the Norwegian talent who joined Man City for a mere $62.6 million. Moreover, just a year later, the Red Devils signed a lesser-known Rasmus Hojlund for significantly more money!

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Do you agree with Ed Woodward’s ‘destiny’ remark? Or is there more behind the tale? Tell us in the comments below.

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Adithya Narayanan

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