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Favre reacts to Dortmund debuts for Haaland, U.S. prospect Reyna

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Borussia Dortmund supporters couldn’t help but gush about the hat trick debut for teenage striker Erling Braut Haaland.

Their manager was sure to talk about both of his teen debutants.

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The second was American 17-year-old Giovanni Reyna, who was promoted to the first team this week and came off the bench to make his Bundesliga debut in Saturday’s 5-3 win over Augsburg.

Here’s one of Favre’s answers when asked about Haaland, via Fussball.news:

“We also played with Gio Reyna. It was very good. The first time he plays here at 17, that’s good. A 17-year-old, a 19-year-old, I think that’s good.”

“(Haaland) immediately showed his strength, the runs down. He moves well between the lines. It gives us another way to play forward.”

Haaland’s 20-minute hat trick has been well detailed by Joe Prince-Wright here.

Reyna entered for Thorgan Hazard in the 72nd minute, getting 13 touches and completing 7-of-9 passes. He completed his lone dribble attempt and won his only duel while failing to put his only shot attempt on target.

Haaland signs for Borussia Dortmund

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Erling Braut Haaland has signed for Borussia Dortmund for a reported $23.5 million.

The Norwegian teenager has been on fire for RB Salzburg in Austria and the UEFA Champions League this season, scoring 29 goals in 27 games in all competitions including eight goals in six UCL group stage games.

Dortmund revealed that Haaland, 19, has signed a contract until 2024 as the German giants keep their reputation of attracting the top young players in Europe intact.

Haaland had been linked with moves to Napoli, Manchester United, RB Leipzig and others, but Dortmund seems like the perfect place for him to develop his game as they need a central striker to take the pressure off Paco Alcacer and make the most of the numerous goalscoring chances the likes of Marcos Reus, Jadon Sancho and Thorgan Hazard create.

Haaland may still end up in the Premier League in the years to come but for now the powerful Norway international is in a really good place.

Solskjaer reveals update on Pogba, Haaland

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could have a busy January coming up.

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Manchester United’s manager has been discussing ins and outs at Old Trafford, with the future of Paul Pogba once again in question as the French star has been missing through injury since September but could return to action in the next week.

“He’s not getting sold in January, no,” Solskjaer said, bluntly, when asked if Pogba, who wanted to leave in the summer, would be sold in the next transfer window.

Solskjaer then answered a question about what Pogba had to do to prove to the outside world that he still wants to play for United.

“When he comes back, play well and with a smile on his face. Do what he did a year ago when I came here. Paul was fantastic, he’s been fantastic when he’s played for us,” Solskjaer said. “We know we’ve got one of the best players in the world when he’s playing well and when he gets fit. He needs time to get fit but he’ll make a difference for us.”

That’s a star potentially leaving. But what about a rising star arriving?

Erling Braut Haaland has been linked with a move to United consistently over the last few months as the RB Salzburg teenager continues to attract interest from all over Europe after his goalscoring exploits this season in the UEFA Champions League.

Given Haaland’s father, Alf Inge, is a close friend of Solskjaer and his former teammate at international level there are plenty of links to Man United. Over the past 24 hours there were reports from Norway that the 19-year-old striker was travelling to Manchester during his winter break but Solskjaer denied any deal for the red-hot forward was close and even knew exactly where Haaland was.

“I don’t think he’s en route here, to be fair, not through me anyway,” Solskjaer said. “You know I can’t comment on other teams’ players, I’ve said that many times and it’s one of those things in this job you get speculation a lot of the time. He’s not coming to Manchester… I know the boy and his friends and he’s on a Christmas holiday. You can’t fly anywhere [from Stavanger], you need to via via!”

Haaland’s father since posted the following message on social media, as the likes of Napoli, Borussia Dortmund and RB Leipzig, among many others, have been linked with a move for Haaland.

A young, hungry center forward who has already shown he can score plenty of goals in the Champions League is exactly what United need as Marcus Rashford, Mason Greenwood, Anthony Martial and Daniel James would be Haaland’s supporting cast.

Report: Loader, Haaland to Man United; Upamecano to Man City

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Ah, the January transfer window is just around the corner and we can be certain of one thing: Manchester City and Manchester United are about to be linked with signing a ton of players.

A ton.

But in this instance, even though we’re six weeks away from the transfer window reopening but reports make, uh, sense?

First up, Manchester City have been linked with a move for RB Leipzig’s Dayot Upamecano via 90min. And yep, City do indeed need a center back and he ticks all of the boxes as a long-term replacement for Vincent Kompany. With Aymeric Laporte out injured until January at the earliest, plus Nicolas Otamendi struggling for form and John Stones in and out of the team with fitness issues, Pep Guardiola is short on center backs.

Fernandinho and Rodri can’t keep on filling in at center back and the lack of cover City have in the heart of their defense is the main reason they are nine points behind league leaders Liverpool. After the reigning champs admitted they weren’t going to match United’s summer bid for Harry Maguire, they probably knew this was going to happen and Laporte’s injury underlined their weakness in this area.

Upamecano, 21, will cost close to $65 million and he’s been a star at Leipzig in the Bundesliga in recent seasons. He will have just 18 months left on his current contract in January and he seems both attainable for a reasonable price and capable of having an instant impact as well as being able to develop into a fine center back.


Man United’s latest financial results suggest that will continue to focus on picking up younger gems in the British market to supplement their squad (see: James, Daniel) and they’ve been linked with a move for Reading’s Danny Loader.

Loader, 20, is out of contract this summer and will be available for a knockdown price in January. The striker has impressed on the international stage with England’s youth team, but has struggled in the second tier with the Royals as he’s scored just once in 29 appearances. He is definitely one for the future but with Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood around, do United need another young striker?

According to our partners in the UK, Sky Sports, contract talks have stalled between Reading and Loader, while the England youth international almost moved to Wolves in the summer.

United proved with the signing of Daniel James from Swansea City in the summer, they aren’t afraid to pick young talents out of the Championship and give them a chance in the PL, while they have also been linked with a move for the ridiculously in form RB Salzburg striker Erling Haaland.

Haaland, 19, has scored 26 goals in 18 games in all competitions for Jesse Marsch’s side and the Norwegian striker is one of the hottest commodities in Europe. His father, former Manchester City midfielder Alfe-Inge Haaland, recently visited United’s training ground according to The Athletic. And with Haaland being a former international teammate of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, there’s a lot of crossover here.

United want to sign young, hungry players and both Loader and Haaland fit that mold. The latter would be much more expensive and would he be a regular at United ahead of Rashford and Martial? On current form, probably. Long-term having Rashford, Martial and James playing off Haaland in a 4-2-3-1 formation would probably be the dream for Solskjaer.

Haaland drawing scouts from more than 20 clubs

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According to a report by The Guardian, 19-year-old striker Erling Braut Haaland has drawn scouts from over 20 big clubs in recent months, and Red Bull Salzburg could be in for a big payday next summer.

The report states that Manchester United, Juventus, and Napoli seem to be the most aggressive in their approach for the teen, but the likes of Barcelona, Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid, Manchester City, Arsenal, Bayern Munich and Chelsea have all sent representatives to watch him in person.

Red Bull Salzburg is reportedly telling all clubs that they will not consider selling him this winter and that their plan is to let this season play out before starting a bidding war in the summer. Napoli reportedly contacted the club twice in recent weeks to ask about his availability but were rebuffed.

Haaland has burst onto the scene this season with 12 goals in just 10 Austrian Bundesliga matches plus another six goals in three Champions League games, making him the top scorer in both competitions. He scored a hat-trick against Genk before netting goals in losses to Liverpool and Napoli.

The report details that Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has a connection with Haaland, already aware of the wonderkid’s talent from his days in charge of Molde where he coached Haaland for two seasons from 2017-2018 before both left around the same time – Solskjaer left in mid-December 2018 to head up Manchester United while Haaland departed the Norwegian club on January 1 2019 to join Red Bull Salzburg for $5.7 million.