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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s new contract could put Manchester United in pole position to sign Borussia Dortmund star Erling Haaland next year, reports SunSport’s Phil Thomas.

United narrowly missed out on Haaland when he left Red Bull Salzburg for Dortmund almost 18 months ago.

The 21-year-old has a close relationship with fellow countryman Solskjaer and was unwilling to take the chance on moving to Old Trafford if the manager was about to be sacked.

Both the star striker and his father, former Manchester City star Alf-Inge, admitted they did not want to risk working under a boss they had no vibe for.

The United boss gave the Norway international his senior debut at Molde.

And now that his own long-term future has been secured after signing a new three-year deal last week, the Red Devils’ top brass hope that will leave them as favourites to sign Haaland next summer.

Haaland has also been linked with Manchester City and Chelsea, who have made him their top transfer target

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