We ‘signed’ Haaland for Man City, Chelsea and Man United to compare his impact

Borussia Dortmund's Erling Haaland seems to be the striker on the top of every club's transfer wish list.

Since Haaland burst onto the scene with RB Salzburg back in 2018, the 21-year-old has quickly turned into one of the world's best players, with the Norwegian and Paris Saint-Germain's Kylian Mbappe considered as the successors to the ageing Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.

His rapid rise in becoming one of the best strikers in the world has attracted obvious interest from a host of the world's best clubs, and with Haaland's release clause becoming active this year, it's expected that lots of clubs will be battling for his signature.

The forward was born in England whilst his father played for Leeds United, and Haaland has previously expressed his admiration for the Premier League on numerous occasions, with Man City, Chelsea and Man United all keen on signing the Norwegian.

Since his move to Dortmund in January 2020, Haaland has an incredible goalscoring record, managing to find the net 80 times in 79 appearances.

So, to find out if the striker could make any sort of impact at Man United, Man City or Chelsea, we simulated the next 18 months with Haaland in their respective squads to see what sort of impact he could have, and this is what happened.

We 'signed' Erling Haaland for Man United, Chelsea and Man City

To set up this simulation, we used the Football Manager 2022 editor to arrange for Haaland to join the three clubs at the start of the January 2022 transfer window, using FM22 to run the simulation.

This is how Haaland's in-game profile looks on FM22.

Described by the media as an elite striker, Haaland boasts one of the best profile's on FM22, with his most impressive stats being his determination (20 out of 20), pace (19), natural fitness (18), finishing (18) and off the ball work (18).

His player traits include shooting with power, likes to round the 'keeper, likes to try and beat the offside trap and knocks ball past opponent, showcasing his explosive speed and finishing ability.

To start off, let's look at how Erling Haaland could impact Manchester United in the next 18 months.

Erling Haaland at Manchester United simulated

In his first season at United, Haaland had a good goal return, scoring 15 goals and grabbing three assists in 27 appearances in all competitions.

He averaged a goal every two games in the Premier League, whilst his average rating in all competitions was 7.34 per game, the third-highest in the United squad behind Cristiano Ronaldo and Bruno Fernandes.

The arrival of Haaland saw United hit their best form of the season in the Premier League, ultimately finishing third in the league behind a two-horse title race between Liverpool and City.

United were eliminated from the Champions League against AC Milan in the Round of 16 though, losing 5-4 on aggregate.

So, how did Haaland and Man United perform in the 2022/23 campaign?

Unfortunately for Haaland, three different injuries throughout the season saw him miss over four months of action, but the striker still managed 35 appearances in all competitions, scoring 18 goals and grabbing six assists.

Over the course of the season, the Norwegian averaged a rating of 7.51 per game, the second-best for the second season running, once again behind Ronaldo.

At the end of the 2022/23 season, Football Manager 2022 put together an overall best Man United XI, based on performances, statistics and other metrics.

This is what United's best XI looked like at the end of the 2022/23 season as predicted by Football Manager 2022:

Full United best XI: (4-2-3-1): De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Maguire, Tuanzebe, Shaw; Gravenberch, Vitinha; Sancho, Fernandes, Ronaldo; Haaland.

The simulation moved Ronaldo out to the left-wing in order to fit both him and Haaland in the squad, whilst United had signed two new midfielders in the 22/23 season, Ryan Gravenberch from Ajax, and Vitinha from Wolves.

Compared to the rest of the United forwards, Haaland finished as the club's second top scorer, only behind Ronaldo for the second season running.

Ronaldo managed one more goal than Haaland did throughout the season, though the Portuguese forward did play 13 more games due to Haaland's injury. Haaland also had the second most assists out of the forwards, once again, only behind Ronaldo.


Due to Haaland's injury, he missed most of the season from March onwards, but United were still able to find themselves a trophy in his absence.

Marcus Rashford's early goal was enough to see United beat Chelsea 1-0 in the FA Cup final, giving Ralf Rangnick's side their only trophy of the simulation.

A 2-0 loss to Chelsea saw United knocked out of the Carabao Cup in the semi-final, whilst a 3-1 defeat to Barcelona over two legs eliminated United from the Champions League in the Round of 16.

In the Premier League, United finished third for the second consecutive season, but Rangnick's side were much closer to winning the league this time around, finishing just four points away from champions Liverpool.

Erling Haaland at Manchester City simulated

In Haaland's first season with Man City, the striker scored 16 goals in 31 appearances, averaging a rating of 7.37 in all competitions.

Six of his 12 Champions League games and two of his Champions League goals were with Dortmund before signing for City, where he finished the second top scorer at the club, only behind Raheem Sterling.

In the 21/22 season with Haaland, City disappointingly dropped to second in the league, losing out on the title to Liverpool by four points.

City were also knocked out in the Champions League semi-finals with a 2-1 defeat to Real Madrid over two legs, but Pep Guardiola's side did win a trophy in their simulated season.

Haaland scored in the FA Cup final as City beat Liverpool 2-1, their first time winning the competition since 2019.

In the 22/23 season, Haaland managed seven more goals than the 21/22 season with Man City, scoring 23 times in 44 appearances.

The Norwegian also grabbed six assists and managed an average rating of 7.48 per game.

At the end of the 2022/23 season, Football Manager 2022 put together an overall best Man City XI, based on performances, statistics and other metrics.

This is what City's best XI looked like at the end of the 2022/23 season as predicted by Football Manager 2022:

Full Man City best XI: (4-3-3): Ederson; Walker, Dias Laporte, Goesens; De Bruyne, Rodri, Foden; Silva, Haaland, Sterling.

Man City also signed Inter Milan striker Lautaro Martinez in the 2022 summer transfer window, but Haaland still kept his place as the main striker in the side, finishing the top scorer at the club.

Compared to fellow strikers Sterling, Martinez and Gabriel Jesus, Haaland was the top scorer, with Sterling only scoring 13 in second. Haaland also had the most assists, the most Player of the Match awards and the best average rating, with his rating the best at the club.

So, how did City do in the league and cup competitions?

City finished nine points clear of second-place Chelsea in the 2022/23 season, winning the Premier League for the first time since Haaland's arrival.

Guardiola's side conceded just 20 goals over the 38 game season, tallying a total of 92 points.

City also won a cup to take their trophy haul to two for the season.

Martinez grabbed the only goal as Guardiola's side won the Champions League trophy for the first time in City's history, beating Paris Saint-Germain 1-0 in the final. A weakened City side fell to a 4-0 defeat to Chelsea in the FA Cup third round, whilst bitter rivals Man United beat City 2-1 in the Carabao Cup quarter-finals.

Erling Haaland at Chelsea simulated

Haaland enjoyed a fascinating start to life at Chelsea, with the 21-year-old grabbing 20 goals in 28 appearances.

His most impressive record was in the Premier League, where the Norwegian scored 15 goals in just 14 appearances, with three of those from the bench.

Overall, he averaged a rating of 7.36 per game in all competitions, with his average rating in the league being a massive 7.8.

In the simulated season, FM22 predicted that Chelsea could win two trophies in the 21/22 season.

A 3-0 victory over Liverpool saw the Blues lift the Carabao Cup, whilst a 2-1 victory over the Reds in the FA Cup final saw Thomas Tuchel's side win a domestic double.

Haaland could only help push Chelsea to a third-place finish in the Premier League, whilst a disappointing loss to Bayern Munich saw the Blues crash out of the Champions League in the quarter-finals.

Haaland carried his goalscoring form into the 2022/23 season, with the striker grabbing 28 goals and eight assists in 42 appearances in all competitions.

The striker picked up three different injuries throughout the season, slightly limiting his game time as he only played 29 times in the Premier League, but when playing he was a standout player, with his average rating per game being 7.46.

At the end of the 2022/23 season, Football Manager 2022 put together an overall best Chelsea XI, based on performances, statistics and other metrics.

This is what the Blues' best XI looked like at the end of the 2022/23 season as predicted by Football Manager 2022:

Full Chelsea best XI: (5-2-3): Mendy; Saelemaekers, Christensen, Verissimo, Azpilicueta, Chilwell; Kante, Kovacic; Havertz, Haaland, Pulisic.

During his first 18 months at Chelsea, Haaland pushed Romelu Lukaku out of the starting XI, with the Belgian limited to appearances from the bench.

The Norwegian finished as Chelsea's top scorer and the best striker in the 2022/23 season, even with the arrival of Gabriel Jesus from Man City.

Apart from Player of the Match awards, Haaland had the best stats out of all the Chelsea strikers, finishing with the most goals, assists, expected goals and the best average rating.

Lukaku grabbed 18 goals whilst Kai Havertz scored 17, but Jesus had barely any impact compared to the three, grabbing just five goals in his first season.

Chelsea were unsuccessful in all three cup competitions, unfortunately losing in two cup finals on penalties.

Liverpool got their revenge from the 21/22 Carabao Cup final by beating Chelsea on spot-kicks after a 1-1 draw in 120 minutes, whilst shock finalists Atalanta beat the Blues on pens after a 2-2 draw after extra-time.

The Blues also lost 3-2 to eventual FA Cup winners Liverpool in the third round, despite Haaland's brace.

It wasn't all bad news for the Blues though, with Chelsea winning the Premier League title in the simulation.

Ending the season on 93 points, Chelsea lost just three games all season as they finished nine points ahead of Liverpool in second place.

Who should Haaland sign for? Let us know in the comments!

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