Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says he is ‘proud’ of his role in the development of Erling Haaland as the Borussia Dortmund star closes in on his Champions League record.
Solskjaer is the leading Norwegian goalscorer in the history of the Champions League with 19 goals having starred in the competition with Manchester United, memorably sealing the trophy in dramatic circumstances with a stoppage-time winner against Bayern Munich in the 1999 final.
That landmark is unlikely to remain for much longer following the incredible goalscoring feats of compatriot Haaland, who became the fastest player in Champions League history to reach 15 goals with a double against Club Brugge last week.
The 20-year-old’s brace took him to a staggering 16 goals in just 12 fixtures amongst Europe’s elite, Haaland having scored a phenomenal 62 goals in 59 appearances in all competitions for Red Bull Salzburg and Dortmund since the start of last season.
Solskjaer previously coached the forward during his time in charge of Norway’s Molde and the Manchester United manager admits he takes pride in his role in Haaland’s development as arguably world football’s most exciting talent closes in on his landmark.
“He’ll beat it and very quickly, that’s for sure,” Solskajer said at a pre-match press conference.
“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.”
Manchester United host last season’s runners-up Paris Saint-Germain this evening as they seek to book their place in the knockout stages.
Solskjaer’s side currently sit top of Group H on nine points, three clear of both PSG and RB Leipzig and a point in either of their remaining two fixtures will secure the Red Devils’ place in the last 16.