Andy Cole claims Manchester City have the edge over United in the pursuit of Erling Haaland

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United have lost their relevance to sign top players according to former striker Andy Cole

Former Manchester United striker Andy Cole has claimed that the Red Devils would lose the transfer race for Dortmund striker Erling Haaland and added that United’s arch-rivals Manchester City have the edge.

Haaland continues to attract interest from Europe’s top clubs with both Manchester clubs among them.

However, Cole feels United have lost their ability to persuade world-class players due to their lack of success, which could see them lose their transfer race for Haaland.

“To get these guys to come, Haaland for instance, you’ve got to entice them with something.

“You’ve got to entice them with the possibility of winning silverware or being a year away from it.

“These guys are going to have other options, possibly Manchester City, Liverpool, Chelsea, Real Madrid, maybe Barcelona

“Even though I love United, I don’t think the club now can ride on its name alone, especially when you’re trying to bring these players in.”

Man Utd manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had earlier mentioned that he is still keeping tabs on his compatriot Haaland but he is waiting to see where the 20-year-old would end up eventually.

United’s arch-rivals Man City are also reportedly planning a big swoop for Haaland although Spanish giants Real Madrid are understood to be leading the race.

Los Blancos are willing to go all out for the former Norwegian striker this summer as Zinedine Zidane cites him as the perfect Galactico signing.