Solskjaer and Maguire lament Manchester United’s lack of discipline in Bern
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Manchester United target Erling Haaland has been tipped to get even better by Borussia Dortmund boss Marco Rose.
Haaland has already notched five goals in the Bundesliga this season after racking up 27 strikes for Dortmund last term.
But Rose believes that there is still plenty more to come from the Norwegian striker, who has had a remarkable record in front of goal since signing from Red Bull Salzberg.
"He's an excellent player, we all know that," Rose said before Dortmund’s Group C fixture against Besiktas on Wednesday night. "[He is] a player who knows he still has potential for development.
"I think he's a young player who can, of course, still gain experience at the absolute top level, who has to learn to deal with resistance with certain things."
And that ringing endorsement will be music to the ears of United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Erling Haaland has been tipped to improve (Image: Getty)
Haaland has been on Solskjaer’s transfer radar for years, ever since the pair worked together at Molde.
The Norwegian boss sees Haaland is the perfect number nine to fire the Red Devils back to the summit of English football – even though a transfer failed to materialise this summer.
The deal bringing Cristiano Ronaldo back to Old Trafford last month, although unexpected, is not set to hamper United’s stance on making a move for the Dortmund ace when his £68million release clause kicks in next year.
Although Ronaldo very much fits the mould of the elite attacker United were looking for, they still see Haaland as a pivotal signing for the future.
Manchester United are desperate for more trophies (Image: EXPRESS)
The prospect of Haaland linking up with Ronaldo next year is a compelling one, but Solskjaer must first navigate his way through a tough start to the season in Europe.
United were schooled in their Champions League opener against Young Boys after the Swiss champions sealed a late 2-1 win on Tuesday night.
Ronaldo’s third goal in two games had Solskjaer’s men cruising before Aaron Wan-Bissaka was dismissed before the interval.
The hosts swarmed over United for the remainder of the game and eventually made their numerical advantage count. Goals from Moumi Ngamaleu and Jordan Siebatcheu capped a famous night in Bern for the hosts.
A poor backpass from Jesse Lingard led to the winning goal, and a nightmare start for Solskjaer in Europe’s elite competition.
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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in Bern after their 2-1 loss (Image: Getty)
But he refused to blame Lingard or Wan-Bissaka for the torrid result.
“We’re humans, every footballer makes mistakes,” said the Norwegian.
“With Jesse, no footballer likes making mistakes but it’s obviously part and parcel of the game.
“We’ll learn from it, he’ll learn from it.
“Lack of concentration, make a mistake and you get punished. You get done. We did that last year in Europe.
“Today in the last seconds Jesse just wants to play it safe and just one misplaced pass and you’ve conceded a goal.
“Aaron’s normally a very, very astute tackler – one of the best in the world.
“We know we’ve given ourselves a more difficult task than what we did last year but everyone thought we were through after two games last year.”
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