The Leeds cult hero risks upsetting fans of the Elland Road club – and with his Leeds-born son supporting the Whites, possibly him too.
Leeds United cult hero Alf-Inge Haaland risks upsetting fans of the Elland Road club by publicly giving son Erling Braut Haaland his blessing to join Manchester United should the Red Devils register an interest in the youngster.
Despite only joining RB Salzburg in January for £4.5million from Molde as an 18-year-old, the Leeds-born Norwegian, 19, has already got the football world talking thanks to his heroics on the biggest club stage of all, the Champions League.
Haaland Jr became the first teenager since Wayne Rooney in 2004 to score a hat-trick on his Champions League debut when he put three past Belgian outfit Genk in a 6-2 win, but it was just the latest in many prolific exploits for the youngster.
He first came to the public attention’s when he scored nine goals in a single game in the Under-20 World Cup for Norway and has already scored 17 goals in just nine games this season, including four hat-tricks (Manchester Evening News).
Haaland Jr is not only born in Leeds, but also said his dream is to win the Premier League with the Whites, as per his 2017 comments to Norwegian newspaper Aftenposten: “I want to be the best. The dream is to win the Premier League with Leeds. In addition, the goal is to be a better player than Dad was. I hope to get more international matches than he did.”
His father is however quoted by Norwegian outlet TV2 when asked about the possibility of his son joining United: “It would be nice. It is important to distinguish between being a supporter and a job. So I have a very relaxed relationship with that. It’s a little different when it’s serious.
“Yes, I think most players dream of being in the Premier League at one time or another. It’s the league that gets the most attention around, and it has very good quality teams. There is no doubt the Premier League is attractive to him.”
Leeds, managed by one of the best managers in the game in Marcelo Bielsa, are currently top of the Championship table with five wins from their opening seven games.