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Manchester United are practically resigned to losing out on Erling Haaland despite Richard Arnold eyeing Erik ten Hag to take over at Old Trafford, according to reports. The Red Devils are looking for a permanent manager to replace Ralf Rangnick at the end of the campaign. And they’re also seeking a new striker with Cristiano Ronaldo and Edinson Cavani’s futures uncertain.

Manchester United have long admired Haaland.

They were confident of signing the Norway international from Red Bull Salzburg back in January 2020 after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Ed Woodward had jetted out for talks.

Yet United ended up missing out in the end, with the striker choosing to join Borussia Dortmund instead.

The Red Devils contemplated signing Haaland last summer yet, in the end, chose to focus on the signings of Raphael Varane and Jadon Sancho from Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund.

But interest remains, especially with Haaland continuing to enhance his reputation as one of the best young strikers on the planet.

Last season, the 21-year-old struck a remarkable 27 goals from 28 Bundesliga games – with only Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski managing more.

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And despite injury hitting him hard this term, the Norway international has still been able to score 16 times from 14 Bundesliga appearances.

However, The Sun say United are ‘practically resigned’ to missing out on Haaland when the transfer window reopens at the end of the campaign.

Though the potential appointment of Ten Hag could work in their favour, given his track record of managing young players, Haaland seems set to go elsewhere.

Real Madrid have been mentioned as frontrunners, even if their priority is to land Kylian Mbappe on a free transfer from Paris Saint-Germain at the end of the campaign.

PSG themselves may make a move if, as expected, Mbappe quits the Parc des Princes in the summer.

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Manchester City are set to win a second Premier League title in a row without a recognised striker yet they, too, are in the mix.

And Barcelona, for all of their financial problems, aren’t being ruled out.

Real Sociedad’s Alexander Isak is among the options being considered as potential alternatives.

And United have also been linked with Patrik Schick and Lautaro Martinez, of Bayer Leverkusen and Inter Milan respectively.

Rangnick, meanwhile, recently revealed United would be looking to sign a younger striker – insisting it’s ‘obvious’ they need one.

Ronaldo has gone off the boil of late, with the Portugal international failing to score in his last six games for the club.

And Cavani has struggled with injuries this term, too.

Rangnick, when asked if United would recruit a new forward, said: “This is obvious.

“Edinson’s contract is running out in the summer and the club needs the best possible centre-forward.

“I think everyone is aware of that.”

Haaland said in January that things would ‘start to happen’ now revolving his future, with Dortmund resigned to losing their star striker.

“The last six months I have chosen not to say anything out of respect for Dortmund, but now the club has started to press me into making a decision,” he said.

“All I want to do is play football.

“But they press me… about my future, so that means I have to make a decision soon.”

When asked if he could decide imminently, the Norwegian added: “That is what they [Dortmund] want.

“It means things will happen now. They have started to put a lot of pressure on me, and I have to accept that so now is the time to get things started.”





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