Trevor Sinclair insists it was ‘arrogance’ from Manchester United to not sign Erling Haaland from RB Salzburg two years ago.
The Norwegian sensation will now sign for their rivals Man City this summer in a £51million deal from Borussia Dortmund.
The Red Devils are said to have pulled out of a deal to sign the striker in January 2020 due to agent fees and a release clause wanted by the player’s camp.
At that point in time, the striker was available for just £18m from the Austrian giants.
And Manchester United were said to be one of the frontrunners to sign him, with ex-boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer reportedly even meeting him in person in an attempt to seal the deal.
But the transfer was never concluded, meaning he was free to sign for Borussia Dortmund, where went on to become one of the best young players in world football.
He has now signed for Pep Guardiola’s City for £51m and will be playing for the current Premier League champions next season.
And Sinclair insists that United made a huge mistake in not signing the Norweigan when they had the chance.
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“Manchester United would have loved to have taken him,” Sinclair told talkSPORT.
“And they could have had him for £18million three seasons ago, but they didn’t want to put in the clause that Haaland wanted in the contract from RB Salzburg.
“They could have had him £18m and sold him for £51m or whatever it’s going to be, but they chose not to because they didn’t want him to have that option.
“Who can afford not to have a player like Haaland for three years and then sell him for three times the money, if he wants to go?
“I would’ve taken him, sold the club to him, make sure he understands the project, and he wants to be at the football club and wants to stay.
“I think that was a bit of arrogance by Manchester United because they’re a big club. They’ve said, ‘We’re not accepting that’.
“Now he’s gone to Borussia Dortmund, he’s played three superb years there, the youngest player to score 20 goals in the Champions League, and pulled up trees in the Bundesliga.”
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