MANCHESTER UNITED pulled out of a deal for Erling Haaland after refusing to be held to ransom by Paul Pogba’s agent.
The Norwegian superkid joined Borussia Dortmund for £18.5million on Sunday — and it could be the final straw for Pogba’s future at Old Trafford.
Haaland’s Bundesliga move was brokered by Mino Raiola, who also represents French World Cup winner Pogba.
In-demand Haaland, 19, left Red Bull Salzburg for Dortmund despite interest from United and Italian giants Juventus.
Now what was already a difficult relationship between Raiola and United chiefs over Pogba’s own future could turn into bad blood.
SunSport understands United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward ordered his club to end negotiations for Haaland over the transfer package put together by Raiola.
The super-agent was believed to have made demands over Haaland’s proposed Old Trafford contract that influenced any future sale.
But sources in Germany insist Dortmund also have a strict policy of not caving into agents over sale clauses.
This goes back to 2012 when they were forced to sell Japanese midfielder Shinji Kagawa to United for a cut-price £12m fee written into his deal.
Haaland, who officially joins Dortmund on a £130,000-a-week deal on Friday, is free to play in the Champions League against Paris Saint- Germain in February.
Red Devils manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer — who gave Haaland his Molde debut at 16 — had met the hotshot striker in Salzburg earlier this month.
Solskjaer had said: “He knows what he wants to do and knows what he is going to do.”
But yesterday Haaland said: “There was a feeling right from the start that I absolutely wanted to switch to this club.
“To play football in this incredible Dortmund atmosphere in front of more than 80,000 fans. I’m already burning for it.”