Erling Haaland has revealed the role that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer played his development at Molde, saying the Manchester United manager ‘deserves a lot of credit’ for his rise to stardom.
The teenage forward has enjoyed a meteoric rise towards the top of European football this season, scoring prolifically for Red Bull Salzburg to earn a January move to Borussia Dortmund where he has continued to fire at a rapid rate.
Haaland has netted 40 goals in just 33 appearances so far this season to establish himself as one of the finest young talents in world football, though the forward has opened up on his development and recalled learning his trade under the guidance of compatriot and now Manchester United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
👕 11 appearances
⚽️ 12 goals
🅰️ 2 assists
Haaland has enjoyed a sensational start at Borussia Dortmund 💪 pic.twitter.com/ZlABtk56TB
— Goal (@goal) April 2, 2020
The 19-year-old pinpointed a miss for Molde in a defeat to Kristiansund just over two years ago as a turning point in his fledgeling career, with a lesson in finishing from former striker Solskjaer seeing the youngster explode with a four-goal haul in the club’s following fixture.
“I forgot to tell you this, but before that game, Solskjaer and I did some practice on finishing. Not just crosses. I remember he taught me some easy rules,” Haaland told Eurosport.
“The first one was on touch. 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.
“That was something he taught me in the days before that game and he has taught me a lot to be calm, and also be on your toes and come to those situation where the ball is coming.
“It is then you have the chance to score. He deserves a lot of credit for teaching me that.”