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Haaland not satisfied with debut brace

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Published: 14:18, 8 August 2022   Update: 15:07, 8 August 2022
Haaland not satisfied with debut brace

Erling Haaland. Photo: Collected

It was a dream start for Erling Haaland in the English Premier League (EPL) on Sunday. His double helped the defending champion Manchester City's 2-0 victory over West Ham. 

It took just 36 minutes for the 22-year-old to open his Manchester City account, slotting a penalty into the bottom left corner after he was taken down in the box by West Ham goalkeeper Alphonse Areola. The strike came 21 years and 234 days after his father Alf-Inge Haaland last netted in the Premier League for City against Aston Villa in December 2000, reports GOAL.

Just after the hour mark, Haaland doubled his tally, latching onto a fine Kevin De Bruyne through ball and slotting it calmly into the same corner. Pep Guardiola deprived him of the chance to complete a hat-trick though, substituting the Norwegian off with 12 minutes of normal time to play - and the striker was disappointed that he did not score more.

"It was good. [It was a] good start there is nothing much to say other than that and it was 2-0. Good to get some minutes in the legs early in the season and we have to keep going," he told Sky Sports.

"As expected we saw the potential against Bayern [Munich in pre-season] and it was a bit down against Liverpool. It will come with games, it should have been more today."

When asked if he could have had a hat trick, he added, "Yes. I should have been there [to connect with Ilkay Gundogan’s cross]. It's sh*t, but that's how it is!"

After being reminded to watch his language, a flustered Haaland mistakingly replied, "Oh sh*t, sorry."

He then added, "It’s about the connections we do every day in training and practicing so we get better and this will come.

"There were some good celebrations so I’m happy. Nice that he [Dad – Alfie] saw both goals as it is a big moment for me as a debutant in this competition.

"Also now it is almost 30 minutes since I scored the last goal so I have to keep going."

City boss Pep Guardiola said, "He is adapting perfectly in the way we want to play. We are going to find him more and more and hopefully, we can give him the opportunity to score more goals."

"Of course he has talent but one week ago [against Liverpool] when he missed the chance he had people said he was a failure and that he would not adapt to the Premier League and everyone laughed at him.

"Now he is going [to be the next] Thierry Henry or Cristiano Ronaldo. Takes time. It is the first Premier League game, he has a long career. When he is going to retire, hopefully, stay many years here, we will analyse what he has become.

"We know the quality he has and after that we will see. When it was a penalty he immediately took the ball and I like that. The penalty is the guy who has the confidence to do it, is going to do it."