‘We have been paying over the odds’ – Manchester United icon pinpoints Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s £51m mistake

United were previously interested in the Manchester City and Norway goal machine when compatriot Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was manager. However, the Old Trafford giants side-stepped a possible move for him at that juncture and Haaland eventually pitched up at City for 51million from Borussia Dortmund last summer.

The 22-year-old enjoyed a dream debut year in the UK as he shattered the Premier League record for goals scored in a single season and also helped City win a historic treble. United, meanwhile, continue to play second fiddle both on and off the pitch to their neighbours after watching City emulate their achievements from 1999.

Yorke was a key feature for United in that previous success under Sir Alex Ferguson. And the forward had some harsh words for his old club after they missed out on Haaland.

Solskjaer wanted to bring Haaland to Old Trafford. However, that would-be transfer was shelved behind-scenes, with United going on to buy Rasmus Hojlund for 72million this summer.

And Yorke has been left upset by the decision despite the Reds being the Premier League&aposs highest spenders over the course of the last decade – with few trophies to show for it. Ex-United frontman Yorke told beIN Sports: “I think we missed the boat with Haaland. There was an opportunity under Ole [Gunnar Solskjaer] to have got him, from what I know.

“We could have gone out there and paid over the odds. We have been paying over the odds.”