Erling Haaland has credited Man Utd boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for helping to turn him into a goalscoring machine.

The Norwegian youngster was handed his debut just three years ago by Solskjaer at Molde, and is now banging in goals for fun at Borussia Dortmund.

United were linked with signing the 19-year-old before Haaland decided on a switch to Germany.

But the striker's form is no coincidence, and Haaland has explained how Solskjaer's wisdom aided his path to success.

“I remember it was frustrating as a young striker, everything goes against you in training," Haaland told Eurosport .

Haaland has fond memories of developing under Solskjaer at Molde
Haaland has fond memories of developing under Solskjaer at Molde

"I was alone with the keeper and the bar, got crosses from Ole Gunnar, but I missed on every opportunity. I remember Ole then said ‘I think you start this game, so just be ready.’"

Haaland was a mere unknown at the time, but his rise to stardom since has been remarkable.

But he revealed it was on the training pitches at Molde where he really began learning his craft.

Solskjaer handed Haaland his debut and remains an admirer of his talents
Solskjaer handed Haaland his debut and remains an admirer of his talents

"Solskjaer and I did some practice on finishing," he added. "Not just crosses. I remember he taught me some easy rules.

"The first one was one-touch [finishes]. That I don’t use too much power and trying to destroy the goal or the goalie with ball. I think that I was thinking about doing that and it was something new that he told me. I trained a bit on that, but without scoring. But at least I had it in my head after that training session."

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Haaland's form in Germany has already led to suggestions he could be on the move again in the near future, with a potential reunion with Solskjaer at United among the speculation.

And it's clear Haaland has not forgotten his old mentor.

“He has taught me a lot to be calm, and also be on your toes and come to those situations where the ball is coming," he continued. "It is then you have the chance to score. He deserves a lot of credit for teaching me that.”