Rio Ferdinand says Manchester United must ‘give everything they have got’ to sign Erling Haaland this summer and believes England is the only destination for the striker.
Haaland is wanted by Europe’s elite with a new striker among United’s priority targets at the end of the season.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer gave Haaland his career debut as a 16-year-old at Molde but he failed to convince the 20-year-old to move to Old Trafford in January 2020, with the Norweigan opting for a £20m move to Dortmund instead.
Speaking on his Vibe With Five YouTube show, Ferdinand insisted United make ‘massive mistake’ missing out on the Norwegian the first time around.
But the former England defender says Haaland must now be an absolute priority, capable of bringing the good times back to Old Trafford.
‘They have got to go out and give everything they have got to get Haaland,’ Ferdinand said.
‘I don’t like to talk about players that come from other teams but this guy, we [United] can’t afford to let this guy go anywhere else. His only destination is England. ‘It’s the only place he is going. If he goes anywhere else I will be so surprised.
‘He obviously loves English football, his dad played here. It’s one of his dreams to come and play in England, I’m sure. Why not in the red shirt at Old Trafford.
‘Be the guy that brings trophies back to Old Trafford.’ At the centre of any move Haaland makes will be his agent Mino Raiola, who has in the past been accused on unsettling another client in United midfielder Paul Pogba, whose long-term future at the club remains uncertain as a result.
When asked about the prospect of dealing with Raiola again, Ferdinand added: ‘Sometimes you’ve got to dance with the devil. Because when a player like Haaland comes around, that’s 10 years’ service.’