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Erling Haaland and Mino Raiola’s upper hand in Man Utd transfer talks after Brighton win

Man Utd: What could tempt Haaland to Old Trafford?

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Erling Haaland and his agent Mino Raiola hold the upper hand over Manchester United, who are desperate for a striker. It comes after an underwhelming performance against Brighton where they failed to impress, yet still claimed the three points.

In a week dominated by Haaland with Raiola jetting off around Europe to speak to his potential next club, one team looked in dire need of his services.

Brighton executed a brilliant game plan but were ultimately downed by United’s two young strikers Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood.

Danny Welbeck returned to haunt his former side, becoming the first ex-United player to score against them with three different teams.

With Anthony Martial likely out for the season and Edinson Cavani rustier than a Ford Cortina, there is a huge gap up front that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer must be mystified over how to solve.

Bruno Fernandes is an obvious source of goals but he cannot do it all on his own and needs a frontman to play off.

Despite Rashford turning up with his 19th goal of the season, there seems to be an agreement that he works better on the left flank.

And there is a similar story with Greenwood, who has largely operated on the other wing and got his second Premier League goal of the season.

Regardless, United must move heaven on earth to land Haaland – even if it means crawling back to Raiola and begging.

The Red Devils are one team linked with the 20-year-old but are not considered as frontrunners, despite the fact Solskjaer knows the forward well.

Considering that the United coach worked with him at Molde and the mammoth funds at the club’s disposal, they should be ahead of the queue for the Dortmund hitman.

However, the likes of Manchester City, Real Madrid and even Chelsea are further ahead in the race for the world’s most coveted player.

Much of that can be put down to the fact United do not want to deal with Raiola, who has been a tricky customer in the past to put it mildly.

The Dutch-Italian has took shots at Solskjaer, Sir Alex Ferguson and the club in general after a series of bust-ups over Paul Pogba.

However, Old Trafford chiefs cannot afford to let emotion get the better of them.

If City do win the battle for Haaland, the red half of Manchester can kiss goodbye to winning the Premier League anytime soon.

It puts United in a desperate position, and Raiola will know this – undoubtedly asking for a major slice of the expensive pie.

The controversial agent made nearly £23m from the deal that saw Pogba join United back in 2017 – imagine what that would be if Dortmund get their £127m asking price.

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