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Jurgen Klopp backs United over failed Haaland transfer

Erling Braut Haaland was close to signing for Manchester United last month and the teenager even had direct talks with Ole Gunnar Solskjær after the manager flew out to Salzburg in December.

It seemed like a done deal when it was reported that Haaland was due in Manchester but a deal never materialized.

Jurgen Klopp now insists that the failed transfer is not Manchester United’s fault and even says that Liverpool wouldn’t have managed to sign him.

“Everybody blames Man United for not getting him, but we wouldn’t have got him,” Klopp comments.

“We couldn’t have got him. It’s as easy as that. He wanted a top team, as soon as possible, with an open space… Borussia Dortmund. That’s timing.

“I hope you know how much I love and respect the people at Dortmund, but it’s not that they made a perfect approach and did this and that, it was more they were there, had the space, number nine… here we go, you are 19 years old, want to play Champions League, top end of Bundesliga, so go for it. Nobody else had a chance, I’m pretty sure, no matter what they say.”

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