Erling Haaland explains how former Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer improved his game

The 22-year-old made 50 appearances for the Eliteserien outfit under Solskjaer, registering 20 goals and seven assists, and Solskjaer spent a period of time working with the forward before he left Molde to take the reins at Manchester United. While playing under the Norwegian coach, Haaland improved on several aspects of his game – with Solskjaer keen for the striker to improve his heading ability.

Since leaving Molde, the 22-year-old has excelled at RB Salzburg, Borussia Dortmund and now with City, with his ability in the air one of his most impressive traits nowadays.

Haaland has since revealed that Solskjaer and his coach would send in crosses for him to head at goal, before praising the former United boss for his determination to help the player improve.

“The first thing I think he said to me was, You have no idea how to head the ball. We have to work on that,” Haaland said to GQ on Solskjaer. “This is what we did for two years, the whole period I was in Molde. And it was a good thing, because I couldnt hit the ball, and now Im scoring goals with my head thanks to them.”

In October, Haaland joked that Solskjaer is the reason he is not playing for United. During an interview on Sky Sports, Gary Neville said: “Ole was your manager. How are you not at Manchester United?”

Haaland replied: “You have to ask him.”