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He once said his ultimate ambition was to have more Norway caps than his father, Alf-Inge, and to win the Premier League with Leeds. One ambition may be more achievable than the other.

Erling Haaland is 19 years old and has two senior caps for Norway already, so just needs another 33 to outstrip dad. 

And Leeds? He may have to revisit that goal if he is unveiled at Old Trafford next month as a foundation stone of ’s rebuilding project.

Manchester United target Erling Haaland could knock Liverpool out of the Champions League

target Erling Haaland could knock Liverpool out of the Champions League

He can, however endear himself to United fans this week by knocking Liverpool out of the Champions League. 

A victory for RB Salzburg in Austria on Tuesday would be likely to see the holders eliminated and heading for the Europa League, a fate that befell Chelsea in 2012 after their victory.

And the man most likely to do the damage for RB Salzburg is the Leeds-born son of Alf-Inge, the Norway international who also played for Nottingham Forest and Manchester City from 1993 to 2003. 

Haaland has eight goals in the Champions League this season and is being widely tracked

Haaland has eight goals in the Champions League this season and is being widely tracked

Erling Haaland has Europe’s super clubs salivating. He was already a teen phenomenon when he was playing top flight football at 16 at Bryne, his home town club. He moved to Molde, Norway’s biggest club, where he came under the mentorship of a certain Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, hitting 12 in 25 appearances. 

Then came nine goals in one match for Norway in the Under-20 World Cup last summer.

But it is the eight goals in the Champions League this season which has clubs like United clamouring. 

He announced himself on his Champions League debut with a hat-trick against Genk, just like Wayne Rooney did on his debut in the competition against Fenerbhace as an 18 year old. 

The starlet is self assured and is undaunted regardless of the opponent that he is facing

The starlet is self assured and is undaunted regardless of the opponent that he is facing

Haaland's father Alf-Inge played for Manchester City but he could end up at United

Haaland's father Alf-Inge played for Manchester City but he could end up at United

Alf-Inge Haaland was a City player between 2000 and 2003 and previously played for Leeds

Alf-Inge Haaland was a City player between 2000 and 2003 and previously played for Leeds

He then scored at Anfield to make it 3-3 in the 4-3 defeat, a goal he immediately framed in the context of his rivalry with Alfe-Inge. ‘Now I have the same number of goals here,’ he quipped. ‘He’s always telling me “I scored at Anfield, I scored at Anfield!” Now I can say it back to him: “So have I.” ’

It was in an interview with Norwegian newspaper Aftenposten that he made the comment about his Yorkshire roots. ‘I want to be the best,’ he said. ‘The dream is to win the Premier League with Leeds, be a better player than dad and get more international caps than him.’

Old Trafford, of course, is where his father’s most traumatic football moment came, with Roy Keane’s vicious tackle on his knee. 

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