Despite reports of interest from Spain and France, the former Red Devils defender believes the Norwegian international will return to England.
Rio Ferdinand has encouraged Manchester United to “give everything” to sign Erling Haaland, urging the prolific Norwegian striker to be the man who “brings titles back” to Old Trafford.
During the winter transfer window of 2020, the Red Devils were in the market for a highly coveted signing, but a hot prospect turned them down on his way to Borussia Dortmund.
Interest in Haaland has remained at Old Trafford, with the talented Leeds-born 20-year-old maintaining impressive standards in Germany, and the talented Leeds-born 20-year-old is now being linked with top sides across Europe.
What has been said?
“You know what, they just have to go and give everything to get Haaland, I don’t care,” Ferdinand said on his YouTube channel about the scramble to land Haaland and the need for United to position themselves at the front of that queue.
“I don’t like talking about players who come from other teams, but this guy man, we can’t afford to lose him.
“England is his only destination; it’s the only place he’ll go. I’d be shocked if he went anywhere else.
“I was born and raised in this town. His father played football in England, so he obviously enjoys the game. I’m sure it’s one of his ambitions to perform in England.
“Why not in the Old Trafford red shirt? Be the one who returns trophies to Man United and resurrects the successful period. “You should be that guy.”
WHY IS HAALAND SO IN DEMAND?
The son of former Leeds and Manchester City star Alf Inge Haaland has had a meteoric rise to prominence.
Erling began his career at Red Bull Salzburg in Austria before catching the attention of teams in Europe’s top divisions thanks to a remarkable strike rate.
Dortmund, who have an exciting young squad at their disposal, won the race for a €20 million (£17 million /$24 million) deal and have found significant value in it,.
In 48 appearances for BVB, Haaland has found the back of the net 47 times, with the highly-rated youngster already surpassing the 30-goal mark this season.
WHO ELSE HAS BEEN LINKED WITH HAALAND?
United are far from being the only side to keep a close eye on Haaland’s development.
Speculation regarding interest from Spain continues to build, with La Liga giants Barcelona and Real Madrid forever in the market for the very best players available.
Manchester City and Chelsea have also been mooted as potential landing spots in England, while Paris Saint-Germain boasts the financial muscle required to get a deal done if they were to find themselves looking for a suitable replacement to Kylian Mbappe – who is generating plenty of transfer talk himself.
Meanwhile, Dortmund’s Bundesliga rivals Bayern Munich could also be in contention to sign the Norway international.