Manchester United were widely expected to sign Erling Haaland in the January transfer window, with the striker admired by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Haaland joined Borussia Dortmund instead and he’s flourished in Germany.
And ESPN say it was Man United chief Ed Woodward himself who cancelled a deal for the striker.
It’s claimed he pulled the plug on a €20m deal because of agent fees and the insistence of the Haaland camp that a release clause be inserted into his Old Trafford contract.
Borussia Dortmund paid €20m and agreed to a €75m clause, which kicks in next summer.
And though United would have faced a fight to keep Haaland for the long term, Solskjaer feels he would have been a terrific signing for his side.
The Norwegian thinks it would have made both sporting and financial sense to invest in the 20-year-old.
It’s claimed Solskjaer is also angry at having missed out on Jadon Sancho, Haaland’s team-mate over in Germany.
He wanted Sancho, Jack Grealish and Jude Bellingham but got Edinson Cavani, Facundo Pellistri, Donny van de Beek and Alex Telles instead.
Will Ole remain in charge of the club to have another shot at landing Sancho and Haaland remains to be seen.
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