Manchester United have received backing from a former coach in their belief that they can sign Erling Haaland once Ralf Rangnick is appointed interim manager.
Rene Meulensteen, who spent six years at Old Trafford assisting Sir Alex Ferguson between 2007 and 2013, reckons Rangnick's connections with the ex- Red Bull Salzburg star can help the Red Devils in their transfer pursuit.
Mirror Football understands that United have improved hope that they can convince Haaland to sign thanks to the acclaimed Germain coach's relationship with his father, Alf Inge.
Haaland was signed by Rangnick while the 63-year-old was director of football at Salzburg, taking him from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer 's Molde for just £7.2million in what proved to be a smart step for the then-teenage striker.
The 21-year-old is expected to be on the move again next summer, with a European giant set to pay current employers Borussia Dortmund his £68m release clause.
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Meulensteen is confident the red side of Manchester can be his next destination and told Stadium Astro : "Football is about relationships.
"We all know that Haaland is a tremendous talent with an unbelievable goalscoring record. He’s young, he’s direct, he’s quick, he’s strong.
"I think like a lot of fans I expected him to be at Man United already because of that relationship with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. They know each other but for whatever reason it hasn’t materialised.
"It is important that you have got good relationships. Maybe Rangnick can bring something to the table and bring someone like Haaland to Manchester United. I think that would be a big scoop."
Rangnick, who is set to be appointed by Ed Woodward and co this week, boasts an outstanding track record when it comes to recruitment.
The likes of Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino, Timo Werner, Manuel Neuer and Joshua Kimmich were all signed by his former clubs whilst he was either head coach or sporting director, with Haaland arguably his best bit of business to date.
The Norwegian's current manager at Dortmund, Marco Rose, was even appointed by Rangnick back at Salzburg, as the ex- RB Leipzig head honcho helped the Red Bull group assert themselves on the European stage from 2012 to 2019.
Haaland recently returned early from a month-long spell on the sidelines, having initially been ruled out with a hip injury until 2022.
And to nobody's surprise, he scored just eight minutes after being brought on by Rose during Dortmund's 3-1 victory at Wolfsburg on Saturday.
Red Devils supporters had previously hoped Solskjaer's relationship Haaland would aid a transfer bid, with the pair enjoying their time together at Molde.
"He [Solskjaer] has had a huge impact on my life, both as a person and as a trainer," Haaland told TV2 in September 2019.
"He won the Champions League and was an incredibly good player. He has taught me a lot.
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"I have dreamed of playing for the best clubs in the world my whole life, and I especially like English football."
However, the goal machine turned United down in January 2020 in favour of BVB, but paid tribute to his former gaffer upon arriving in the Bundesliga.
"Ole Gunnar has been very important for me in getting to where I am today," he said to Viasport after his switch.
"But we concluded that Dortmund was the best option for me. That was what I felt best about and therefore it became Dortmund."
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