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Two reasons Man Utd pulled plug on Erling Haaland transfer back in January

The reason for Manchester United’s failure to sign Erling Haaland back in the January transfer window has reportedly been revealed.

The Red Devils were thought to be leading the race to sign Haaland, who was emerging as one of the top strikers in the world at RB Salzburg.

However, the Norwegian opted to join Bundesliga giants Borussia Dortmund instead, and has gone on to replicate his form in Germany.

It was thought that United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had met with Haaland in December and had struck an agreement, only to see the £18m deal fall through.

And according to ESPN, Ed Woodward pulled the plug on a deal because of demands around agent fees and the requirement for a release clause in his contract.

Meanwhile, Dortmund did agree to both terms, meaning they managed to complete the transfer and leave United looking a little red-faced.

The news comes as Paul Scholes reportedly told Stadium Astro reporter Alison Bender that United should ditch their pursuit of Jadon Sancho, and look to sign either Harry Kane and Erling Haaland instead as they need a new striker more than a winger.

Old Trafford legend Scholes also criticised the club for not fully backing Solskjaer in the transfer market, though he admits his former team-mate has been supported more than previous managers.

"I don't think he's the first one who hasn't been backed,” he said.

"There's been a lot of money spent but has it been spent on the first choices these managers want? I'm not too sure.

"I think Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho especially had a moan about that and it's understandable when they aren't getting the players they want.

"I think Ole's been supported. I think Maguire at £80m is a lot of money, Fernandes just in January has been an excellent signing and the form was good especially coming from Fernandes in January time, you felt that this team was going places.

"Towards the end of the season it's a lot easier to win games, it's a lot easier to go on a run when the pressure's not really on.

"Okay you can talk about pressure to get in that top four but that's not the pressure United want, United want to be winning leagues.

"You felt at the end of last season he would have got more support in the transfer market to go on again to that next level but he's not been given that.

"It's quite clear the players he wanted have not come."

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