Manchester United's offer to RB Salzburg for Erling Haaland was better than Borussia Dortmund's bid – though the Red Devils were still snubbed.
Haaland burst onto the scene at Salzburg and very quickly became hot property for clubs around Europe.
United were heavily linked with their manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer having worked with Haaland while both were at Norwegian outfit Molde.
Though it was Borussia Dortmund who won the race, despite their offer being behind Manchester United's in January 2020.
Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke told OMR Podcast: “Our offer wasn’t the best. The offer from Manchester United was better.
"However, agent Mino Raiola has recognised that Erling is in better hands with us.
“People notice that gifted people make the breakthrough the quickest with us. That is a powerful argument for the players, their parents and advisors.
“When we discovered the players on our own is long gone, but we will get them. We have no inhibitions about letting 17-year-olds play.”
United have still been regularly linked to Haaland, though it seems a move to Manchester City is perhaps more likely in the future.
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Haaland's father Alf-Inge Haaland played for City with the reigning Premier League champions currently short on a striker.
Though the Dortmund star praised Solskjaer in April 2020, with the United boss currently under immense pressure at Old Trafford.
"When I look back, it was really a pretty strange time, the start of 2018. That match [against SK Brann] somehow became a kind of turning point for my career, if you can say it that way," Haaland recalled.
"Before that game, Solskjaer and I did some practice on finishing. Not just crosses. I remember he taught me some easy rules; the first one, was on touch, that I don't use too much power and try to destroy the goal or goalie with the ball.
"I think that I was thinking about doing that and it was something new that he told me. I trained a bit on that, but without scoring.
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"But at least I had it in my head after that training session. That was something he taught me in the days before that game – and he has taught me a lot to be calm, and be on your toes and come to those situations where the ball is coming.
"It is then you have the chance to score. He deserves a lot of credit for teaching me that."
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