Erling Haaland transfer decision date ‘set’ as Manchester United squad morale ‘very low’ – Omar Garrick

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One player who continues to be linked with a move to United is Erling Haaland and his future is reportedly set to be decided as early as February.

United’s draw at Newcastle left a lot of fans feeling rather glum and it seems the mood inside the United camp isn’t too great at the moment either.

And finally, Edinson Cavani’s touted exit means United could be on the hunt for a new striker, with Mauro Icardi apparently one of those in the frame to replace the Uruguayan.

Haaland future ‘decided by February’

The future of Haaland has dominated our daily round-ups for months, but the Norwegian striker’s next move could be announced sooner than we’d expected.

BILD (via Bundesliga News) are reporting that Borussia Dortmund want Haaland to decide on his future by the end of February and that they still hope to convince him to stay beyond next summer.

The report adds that Dortmund are preparing to offer a club-record financial package in a bid to persuade Haaland to stay.

MEN Sport reported recently that Ralf Rangnick has spoken to Haaland’s father about a potential summer move to Old Trafford.

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Opinion: I would love Haaland to join United for obvious reasons.

The Dortmund forward has the potential to develop into one of the greatest strikers we’ve ever seen, however, despite the evident appeal of joining a club like United, I’d be surprised if he chose us over the likes of Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain.

Squad morale ‘very low’

After United’s 1-1 draw against Newcastle, supporters were quick to vent their frustration on social media at the shocking team performance.

Rangnick remains unbeaten since taking charge of the club, but the Daily Mail claims the mood at the training ground is ‘very low’ and that there are growing concerns over dressing room ‘cliques’.

Rangnick’s men put in a poor performance at Newcastle

The squad are reportedly also struggling to adjust to Rangnick’s decision to move training sessions to late afternoon.

Opinion: If this is true, I think the players need to take a good look at themselves.

There are millions of kids all over the world who grow up dreaming of playing for a club like United (myself included) and the squad should be encouraged by the start Rangnick has made.

Admittedly, drawing with Newcastle and Young Boys is hardly ideal, but we’re unbeaten in four games and so if afternoon training sessions are what it takes for us to challenge for a place in the top four then so be it.

United linked with Icardi

Silly season is upon us as we approach the January transfer window and so we can expect to see a whole host of random players linked with a move to Old Trafford in the coming weeks.

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Should Cavani leave next month then it’s likely just about every striker in Europe will be tipped to join United at some point, and PSG forward Icardi is one of the first names on the silly list.

Calcio Mercato (via Sport Witness) report that he’s being viewed as a potential replacement for Cavani but that Juventus remain favourites to sign him.

Opinion: Cavani’s exit is looking more and more likely by the day, but Icardi won’t be the man to replace him.

United would need someone who could hit the ground running if they did sign a striker in January, and with just seven league starts this season I’m not sure Icardi would be a great replacement.

Would you take Icardi at United? Follow our United On My Mind writer Omar Garrick on Twitter to get involved in the discussion and give us your thoughts on the matter in the comments section below.

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