September 17, 2021

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Could Manchester United offering Ole Gunnar Solskjaer a new contract be part of a bigger masterplan to sign Erling Haaland?

Solskjaer recently penned a new deal at United keeping him at the club until 2024, despite a trophy-less two-and-a-half year spell at Old Trafford.

And with both Solskjaer and Haaland being Norwegian and having worked together at Molde, Trevor Sinclair believes the new contract may be part of a plan to lure Haaland to Old Trafford.

Haaland has been linked with a player-plus-cash swap with Anthony Martial, and also has a £68million buyout clause which becomes active next season.

Speaking on talkSPORT, Sinclair said: “When you hear little sound bites of Haaland saying ‘maybe play again with you soon’ and that relationship with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, is that why Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been given this contract at Manchester United?

“If he [Haaland] is going to stay at Borussia Dortmund this season and then allowed to leave for his buyout clause next season, would Ole, who has got a good relationship with Haaland, be in the main seat?”