Manchester United handed massive boost in their pursuit of Norwegian sensation

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Erling Braut Haaland’s father has reportedly been seen at Man United’s training ground as the Red Devils ramp up their chase of the in-demand Red Bull Salzburg forward.

The 19-year-old striker is attracting attention from some of Europe’s biggest clubs after a brilliant start to the new campaign, scoring an astonishing 26 goals in 18 matches in all competitions.

While the level in Austria may leave a little to be desired, Haaland has netted seven of his goals in the Champions League – including a goal at Anfield.

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer knows all about Haaland from their spell together at Molde and, according to reports in Norway, has tasked the club with securing one of the best young talents in Europe.

Salzburg, though, will demand a high fee for the teenager – who has five hat-tricks this campaign– and the Red Devils could consider doing a deal in the winter and then loaning Haaland back to the club for the rest of the campaign.

Now The Athletic’s David Ornstein has added more weight to the speculation, claiming that Haaland’s father, Alf-Inge, has visited Manchester United’s training ground.

The 46-year-old, who has before rubbished suggestions his ties to Man City could affect his son’s next transfer, was spotted at Carrington, suggesting Man United are already rolling out the red carpet.

Any agreement could be complicated by Haaland’s agent, Mino Raiola, who has a somewhat fractious relationship with Manchester United once again as Paul Pogba continues to stall over a new deal.

Alf-Inge famously disagreed with Roy Keane during his playing days and was on the receiving end of a brutal challenge from the Red Devils midfielder, though has nevertheless talked up interest from the Man Utd.