Man United: Damning verdict issued by pundit as Haaland snub reported

By Noel Whelan

11th Apr, 2022 | 6:00pm

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Man United are no longer able to attract the world’s best players with their Premier League rivals a much more attractive destination, according to Noel Whelan.

The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claimed the Red Devils are “three or four years” away from being able to move for talents like Erling Haaland.

According to ESPN (8 April), Haaland has snubbed interest from Man United over fears they would not be able to match his ambitions on the pitch – despite being willing to match any potential financial package.

The report claims Manchester City and Real Madrid lead the race to sign the 21-year-old phenom this summer.

Man United sit seventh in the Premier League – six points adrift of Champions League qualification.

When asked if the Red Devils are still able to attract the world’s best talent, Whelan told Football Insider‘s Ewan Kingsbury: “No.

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“They can sign good players for a lot of money, but they can’t attract the world’s best. Liverpool, Man City, Chelsea – they’re all well ahead of them.

“They aren’t the formidable team they used to be. No one fears playing Man United anymore.

“Nobody worries about them, no one goes into the game thinking they are going to come away with zero points.

“I’m not surprised Haaland has laughed off any interest. They’ve got about three or four years’ worth of hard work before they can consider moving for someone like him.”

Haaland, contracted until 2024, has scored 23 goals in 25 games this season.

Football Insider revealed today (11 April) that Man United are set to trigger Erik ten Hag’s Ajax release clause in the coming weeks after deciding to make him their new manager.

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