Solskjaer: Haaland knows what he wants

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has stated that Erling Braut Haaland has already decided what he wants to do, amid January transfer interest.

The Manchester United manager was asked about his reported trip to Austria in midweek when he spoke to the media after his side's 1-1 Premier League draw with Everton on Sunday.

Scandinavian sources claimed a private jet had taken off from Manchester on Friday morning, destined for Salzburg, before returning later in the day and then headed to a small airport in Norway close to where the Haaland family live.

And when the 19-year-old striker, who has scored 16 Austrian Bundesliga goals and eight Champions League strikes for Salzburg this season, was not in the Rote Bullen line-up for their 2-2 draw with Hartberg on Saturday, it all began to fall together.

Solskjaer did not exactly confirm he had met Haaland, but his refusal to even deny he had been in Salzburg left many in the room to conclude he had been on the plane.

Norwegian TV station TV2's reporter asked the question: Do you have any advice on what Haaland will do in January?

"He knows what he wants to do," replied the United boss. "And he knows what to do, so I don't have to give any advice to any players on other teams."

Widespread reports on Sunday morning had stated that the ex-Molde player, who was given his Norwegian top-flight debut by Solskjaer in June 2017, had decided United was the right club for him - in the face of intense competition from Juventus and clubs in the Bundesliga.

RB Leipzig sporting director Markus Krosche hinted last month that the Bundesliga leaders were interested in raiding their former sister club for the teenager in the summer.

However, Haaland's stunning first half of the campaign and United's need to strengthen their forward ranks after failing to replace Romelu Lukaku appear to be accelerating the striker's path to the Premier League.