Erling Haaland ‘snubbed Man United after devising his own points-based system last summer… which saw Man City top the Norwegian’s list ahead of Bayern Munich, Real Madrid and PSG’
- Erling Haaland chose Manchester City by devising his own points-based system
- The Norwegian superstar built a list of seven potential suitors last summer
- Manchester United were snubbed entirely while Bayern Munich were considered
- He admitted that Pep Guardiola wasn’t the most important factor in his decision
Erling Haaland chose to move to Manchester City this summer after the Premier League champions topped his own personal points-based system, according to reports.
Haaland and his father Alfie reportedly devised their own criteria to determine which club the Norwegian superstar should sign for this summer, and seven teams were in contention by the end of February.
Each suitor was ranked based on a series of categories, with Manchester City at the top ahead of Bayern Munich and Real Madrid.
Erling Haaland chose Manchester City last summer after devising his own points-based system
Local rivals Manchester United failed to make the ex-Borussia Dortmund striker’s list, according to The Times.
Father Alfie laid bare the system during the documentary Haaland — The Big Decision and said: ‘On our list, I think City is the best team,’
Alfie said in the film, a few months before his son made his decision.
‘[Bayern] Munich is number two. We have Real Madrid as number three, Paris Saint-Germain as number four.
The ex-Borussia Dortmund forward considered a move to Bayern Munich and Real Madrid
‘We also have some English teams other than City who are quite good. Liverpool and Chelsea. Also, there is Barcelona. They are sort of in the same row.’
It does not reflect well on Man United that Haaland snubbed a move to the Red Devils, who boast a rich history with 13 Premier League titles and three Champions League trophies.
Norwegian compatriot and former Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer eagerly pursued the ex-RB Salzburg striker in January 2020, but the deal fell through as the club did not agree on Haaland’s proposed £51million release clause.
Haaland said that Pep Guardiola was not the most important factor in his decision to join City
Compatriot and ex-Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer tried to buy Haaland in 2020
The clause was later inserted into his Dortmund contract, subsequently easing City’s pursuit of the 22-year-old this summer.
During the documentary, Haaland admitted that the manager of his next club was not the most important aspect of his decision.
‘I have never transferred to a club because of the manager,’ Haaland said. ‘But it is a big plus with [Pep] Guardiola at City, as he is the best manager in the world.’
Other criteria reportedly included the club’s history, playing style and stadium capacity.
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