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Paul Ince Exclusive: Haaland Won't Join United

Paul Ince Exclusive: Haaland Won't Join United

Paul Ince says he cannot see Erling Haaland signing for Manchester United “because of the situation between his dad and Roy Keane”. The 21-year-old has proven himself to be one of Europe's elite strikers – scoring 80 times for Borussia Dortmund in just 79 appearances across all competitions – and has been linked with an exit at the end of this season. However, Ince thinks that an ugly incident in which then-United midfielder Keane intentionally injured Erling's father Alf-Inge Haaland in 2001 is likely to prevent the striker from moving to Old Trafford.



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Haaland Won't Go To United

Speaking exclusively to Genting, he said: “[United] need a striker. Haaland’s a tricky one because of the situation with his dad and Keane at Old Trafford. 

“I can’t see him going to Old Trafford just based on that, and if there’s no Champions League he definitely won’t.” 

United's Recruitment Questionable

Ince has also questioned the quality of United’s recruitment, pointing to the central midfielders – an area of weakness for the club – that the Red Devils have missed out on, and believes that they should attempt to prise Declan Rice from West Ham United.

“You have to look at United’s recruitment,” he explained. “They didn’t know about [Yves] Bissouma, now he’s at Brighton and might cost £40million. 

“They didn’t know about [N’Golo] Kante, now he’s at Chelsea. All these players have been about but why have United not spotted them? 

“They need to get someone like Bissouma because the midfield needs to change. Fred’s not the answer. 

“[Scott] McTominay is one of those who’s a good player but would be better with someone like Bissouma next to him. 

“Is [Paul] Pogba going to stay? I can’t see it. It’s not just about two midfield players.”

“Declan Rice has been outstanding in the last year, probably the best midfielder in the Premier League. 

“It’s always tough as a West Ham boy to leave your home club, but when teams like United come calling it’s the next step. 

“He’s one of those players that can do that and then go on to Barcelona and win titles. 

“But at the moment he’s captain of West Ham, playing under a good manager in Moyes, they’re vying for the Champions League spots. If they get fourth he might want to stay. 

“He’s a player any team would need – all of this stupid talk about numbers and whether he’s a six or a four or an eight, he’s a box to box player, like [Steven] Gerrard and Keane. Why wouldn’t the top clubs be coveting him?”

United Need Midfield Boost

Ince feels that a new addition in midfield would also be a boost to the defence – particularly Harry Maguire – who the 54-year-old thinks is not getting enough protection from the men in front of him.

“Harry Maguire hasn’t been the same since the situation in Mykonos,” he said. “I always think, what would Fergie [Sir Alex Ferguson] do? 

“Maguire’s not the quickest but he’s still a top player. Everyone loses form and regains form, and he’s going through that period where he’s making mistakes. 

“It’s not just him – it’s the midfield, he gets no protection from the midfield. If I was playing in that midfield with Roy Keane, Maguire wouldn’t be getting isolated all the time.”

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