Solskjaer sends message to Erling Haaland over Champions League record


Manchester United head coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has backed Erling Haaland to quickly beat his Champions League goal record.

Solskjaer is currently the highest-scoring Norwegian player in the history of the UEFA Champions League with 20 goals during his time at Old Trafford.

John Carew is second on the list with 18 goals, while Haaland is already third with 16 goals combined for his former club Red Bull Salzburg and Dortmund.

And Solskjaer believes the 20-year-old, who played under his management at Molde and has tried to sign for the Red devils, will comfortably surpass his record.

‘He’ll beat it and very quickly, that’s for sure,’ said Solskjaer. ‘The boy has had a great start to his career.

‘It was really good to work with him, to see the potential in him, and some part of me feels proud of having a little bit of an input in such a rise. ‘I’m sure Erling will score loads in the Champions League.’

Meanwhile, United could qualify for the knockout stage of the Champions League with a victory over Ligue 1 side Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday.

‘The quicker you can qualify, the better of course,’ said Solskjaer. ‘With a win we’ll win the group, that’s our intent, we want to go out there in our style [with] attacking intent, defending well against a top team with some top individual players.

‘But our mindset is, ‘win this game and we’ve won the group.’


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