Erling Haaland: ‘Manchester United lost a major player in world football’, says Tony Cascarino as striker bre

Tony Cascarino can’t believe Manchester United didn’t do everything they could to sign Erling Haaland this season, after watching the wonderkid continue his insane scoring streak.

The 19-year-old striker scored both goals to lead Borussisa Dortmund to a 2-1 victory over Paris Saint-Germain in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie on Tuesday night.

Erling Haaland is a special, special talent

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Erling Haaland is a special, special talent

And he showed off two sides of his goalscoring prowess, with a predatory finish for his first as he tapped in at close range after Raphael Guerreiro’s shot was blocked.

His second was an absolute rocket off his left boot, crashing into the net with the sound of a ball hitting a chain-link fence. Everything about it was absolutely wonderful.

The Norwegian ace’s brace took his tally to remarkable 39 goals in all competitions this season – including six hat-tricks – and 11 in seven since he joined Dortmund in January.


He also became the first teenager in Champions League history to score ten goals in a single campaign – that’s more European goals than Barcelona this season – and has reached that tally in just seven games, four times quicker than any other player in the competition’s history.


And Cascarino told talkSPORT he is one of the most naturally gifted and physically perfect strikers he has ever seen – which makes all the more baffling that United couldn’t get a deal over the line.

“He is extraordinary,” the former Chelsea striker said on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.

“He reminds me of  6ft 5in Harry Kane, but he’s bigger, stronger and quicker, he’s that’s good. He’s so much of a threat.

Erling Haaland has emerged as one of the brightest young talents in world football

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Erling Haaland has emerged as one of the brightest young talents in world football

“This lad is so direct, he’s got great attacking instincts and he is HUGE. He’s the kind of player in kid’s football that you look at and think, ‘he can’t be 15!’ He’s a giant.

“Just watching he just oozes confidence and even before the game he’s got a big smile on his face, he’s laughing. He’s only 19.

“I don’t believe it’s Man United’s fault, I just think they felt they couldn’t get this deal done because of the agent and the way it was heading… but they’ve lost a major player in world football in the next ten years.

“I can’t remember a forward that big, that quick, that strong, and with that great a touch in the game.”