Sport Solskjaer proud as Haaland closes in on his Champions League record

20:50  01 december  2020
20:50  01 december  2020 Source:   goal.com

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Solskjaer wanted Manchester United to sign Haaland from Red Bull Salzburg last month but the Norwegian striker snubbed the Premier League club Haaland has enjoyed a sensational start to his career at Dortmund, scoring 11 goals in his first seven games for the club, including a brace in their

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer knows Erling Haaland's rapid rise means his days as the top-scoring Norwegian in Champions League history are numbered.

a man playing a game of football: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Erling Haaland © Getty Images Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Erling Haaland

Manchester United boss Solskjaer coached Haaland when he was a teenager at Molde in their homeland.

Since moving first to Salzburg and then Borussia Dortmund, Haaland has exploded onto European football's biggest stage.

Dortmund entertain Lazio on Wednesday, with Haaland already on 16 Champions League goals.

Solskjaer, who famously netted a stoppage-time winner for United in the 1999 final against Bayern Munich, will take charge of the Red Devils against Paris Saint-Germain this week and remains full of admiration for his young compatriot.

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Solskjaer , having worked with Haaland at Molde, was keen on a deal and United chief travelled to Salzburg on It is also reported that United's lack of Champions League football this season - and Haaland reportedly told Ole Gunnar Solskjaer he had his heart set on moving to Old Trafford.

And in Haaland , Solskjaer has identified the perfect forward to be at the forefront of United's attack. The 19-year-old has been in sensational form for Austrian side RB Salzburg this Haaland is one of a number of players identified by the United manager to transform the fortunes of his misfiring side.

"He'll beat it and very quickly that’s for sure," he told reporters, referring to his own tally of 19 goals in the competition.

"The boy has had a great start to his career. It was really good to work with him and to see the potential in him and some parts of me feel proud to have a little bit of an input in such a rise.

"I'm sure Erling will score loads of goals in the Champions League."

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Haaland is the third-highest scoring player from Norway in the Champions League, with ex-Valencia and Lyon striker John Carew next in his sights on 18.

However, the time in which the 20-year-old has amassed his tally is remarkable, as he dwarfs his countrymen when it comes to goals per minute.

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Solskjaer worked with Haaland for two years at Molde, giving the striker his debut at 16. Bundesliga duo Borussia Dortmund and RB Leipzig are understood to have registered an interest in the Norwegian, who scored in his first five Champions League group matches this season and who made his full

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Solskjaer, who famously made a habit out of goalscoring cameos from the bench, got his 19 Champions League goal at a rate of one every 189 minutes, while Carew's ratio was one per 218 minutes.

Haaland launched his Champions League career with a hat-trick when Salzburg thrashed Genk 6-2 last September. His scoring frequency has barely let up since, with his 16 tallying at one every 56 minutes.

Since that incredible maiden outing, only Bayern Munich star Robert Lewandowski has scored more in the competition - a haul of 18 during that period playing a big part in the Bundesliga giants' march to glory last season.

Lewandowski and Haaland are very much out on their own, with the former's Bayern colleague Serge Gnabry next on nine goals - four of which arrived during a 7-2 thumping of Tottenham.

First with Atletico Madrid and now with Juventus, Alvaro Morata has managed eight Champions League goals since Haaland's debut, while Timo Werner and Karim Benzema join Manchester City duo Gabriel Jesus and Raheem Sterling on seven.

Lionel Messi is one of seven players on six goals during the period in question, while Cristiano Ronaldo has five.

In terms of minutes-per-goal, Haaland is only bettered by Manchester United's Marcus Rashford, with the England international's total of five arriving at a rate of one every 50.4 minutes - a return bolstered by his hat-trick against RB Leipzig last month.

The Dortmund youngster's reputation as a dead-eyed finisher is certainly well-earned, too.

Morata (47 per cent) is the only player with six or more goals to boast a better shot conversion rate than Haaland's 44.4 - outstripping Lewandowski's 32.7 per cent.

If he does beat Solskjaer's mark "very quickly" it will be entirely consistent with Haaland's career to date, which is in a gloriously prolific hurry.

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