Manchester United handed massive blow in their pursuit of Red Bull Salzburg striker

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Red Bull Salzburg striker Erling Haaland is concerned about the prospect of sitting on the bench should he decide to sign Manchester United.

The Norwegian sensation is a target for Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who worked with the forward when he was Molde manager and is keen on signing a new central figure to compete with Anthony Martial.

The 19-year-old forward has netted an astonishing 28 times in 22 matches this term and his father, Alf-Inge, is believed to have visited Manchester United’s training ground earlier this campaign to discuss a move to the Theatre of Dreams.

However, Manchester United face lots of competition for his signature from the likes of Dortmund, and the Guardian claims Erling Haaland has reservations about moving to the Premier League club.

The teenager fears his progress could be disrupted by playing second fiddle to the likes of Marcus Rashford and Martial, while he’d also instead join a Champions League club.

It’s claimed Erling Haaland has similar hang-ups over a move to Juve and is more likely to move to Germany.

Nevertheless, Erling Haaland is expected to hold discussions with Manchester United and Juventus in the coming weeks to discuss his future. Salzburg value the forward at around £60m but the Guardian say he has a release clause of about £21m.