The Borussia Dortmund ace made his senior breakthrough under Ole Gunnar Solskajer at Molde and has since stayed in touch with the current United boss.
It is one of the reasons the United manager wants to bring the 20-year-old to Old Trafford, as he knows what he can expect from his compatriot.
However, Dortmund are doing everything in their power to prevent clubs from grabbing their prized asset, slapping a terrifying £154 million price tag on the striker’s head.
The Red Devils are said to be operating on a tight budget, with Solskjaer reportedly having around £80m at his disposal for the upcoming transfer window.
Even if he manages to raise funds to finance Haaland’s transfer to Manchester through sales, it would mean he won’t be able to sign any other players this summer.
At this point, a move for Haaland remains beyond the realm of possibility for the Red Devils.
But United can acquire a high-quality forward and still save necessary funds to recruit a much-needed defensive partner for Harry Maguire.
Andre Silva fits the bill
Eintracht Frankfurt goalscoring machine Andre Silva is a player the Red Devils may consider heading into the summer.
The Portuguese star has enjoyed a stunning season at the Deutsche Bank Park, racking up 21 goals and four assists in 24 Bundesliga outings.
Adi Hutter’s talisman is currently joint-second on the Bundesliga leaderboard alongside Haaland, with Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski topping the charts with 35.
Silva struggled to fulfil his potential at AC Milan following his €38m arrival from Porto in 2017 and has joined Frankfurt in a like-for-like swap deal that included Ante Rebic going in the opposite direction.
The 25-year-old has blossomed in the Bundesliga and has proved to be quite flexible when it comes to tactical set-ups.
He has not only shined as a lone striker for most of the season but has upgraded his craft by sharing the scoring burden with Real Madrid loanee Luka Jovic.
Silva has already developed an on-field understanding with his international colleague Bruno Fernandes, who will be responsible for orchestrating United’s play for the foreseeable future.
Sky Sports Germany said last month that the Portugal international could command a relatively reasonable price tag in the region of £25.6m.
Given the current circumstances involving the coronavirus crisis and the overpriced market, taking a player of Silva’s calibre for such a figure would be a bargain capture.