Fans slammed Ed Woodward over the transfer mistake after Borussia Dortmund striker netted a hat trick


Fans are fuming and criticizing United’s chief for missing out on Erling Haaland deal.

Erling Haaland joined Borussia Dortmund instead of Manchester United this transfer window. The 19-year-old netted a hat trick on a dream Bundesliga debut on Saturday. The Norwegian who came on as a substitute in Dortmund’s win at Augsburg scored a 20-minute hat-trick.

Haaland became the first player since Pierre Emerick Aubameyang to score three times on his Bundesliga debut also in Augsburg for Dortmund.

United fans were curious to see the 19-year-old striker at Old Trafford but Red Devils reportedly refused to meet the demands made by his agent, Mino Raiola and his father, former Manchester City player Alf-Inge Haaland. The player ended up signing for Borussia Dortmund.

Haaland who was tipped to head for Old Trafford this month snubbed United and rather opted to head towards the German side. Thus, United fans are have taken to social media to hit out vice-chairman Ed Woodward for missing out on the young sensation.

Fans who could not resist take a dig at Woodward, who according to them is responsible for letting the star go.

Twitter reaction of furious United fans

Haaland was clear when asked why he snubbed United for Dortmund. The striker admitted that United got the pitch wrong. Speaking just after he joined the Bundesliga side, he said:

Dortmund just went direct and said we need you up the front.

“They told me they like my playing style and said, ‘We want to have you here’. I liked the way they spoke to me then and that was what ­triggered the move. After I spent a few days ­looking around the club and speaking to senior people and I just felt that me and Dortmund were a good match.”

I spoke to other clubs, big clubs, but ­no one gave me the feeling I had at Dortmund.

Author’s take:

United truly miss out on a deal that was just in hand due to the demands. Ed Woodward and the team could have made negotiations to have the striker. Haaland has been in a brilliant form in the past years and is widely considered as the next big thing in football.

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