Erling Haaland is on course to smash Premier League records




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Erling Haaland is redefining the art of goal scoring in the 21st century, goal by goal, hat-trick by hat-trick.

The 22-year-old seems to be writing a new scoring record every time he takes to the pitch and Manchester derby on Sunday was no exception.

Three goals in Manchester United’s 6-3 dismantling of Manchester City took Haaland’s Premier League goal tally to 14 after just eight games this season – seven more than Harry Kane, who is second in the Premier League goalscoring charts. the league.

The Norwegian striker is also – by far – the fastest player to score three hat-tricks in the Premier League, annihilating Michael Owen’s record of 48 games.

To put that into perspective, Cristiano Ronaldo has scored three hat-tricks in his entire Premier League career.

With his hat-tricks against Crystal Palace, Nottingham Forest and now United, Haaland is the first player to score hat-tricks in three successive Premier League home games – shattering any fears he may have struggled. adapt to Pep Guardiola’s City side following his move from Borussia Dortmund this summer.

He looks set to break Liverpool striker Mohammed Salah’s record of 32 goals in a 38-game Premier League season, and at his current goalscoring rate he is also on course to break Dixie’s 95-year-old record. Dean’s 60 top flight goals for England in 39 games.

Against United, in addition to his three goals, Haaland also provided two assists for Phil Foden, who also netted a hat-trick.

After heading his first from a corner, Haaland added his second from De Bruyne’s perfect pass and completed his second-half hat-trick when he converted a cross from Sergio Gómez – further proof of how quickly the Norwegian settled down. Guardiola’s system.

“The quality we have at his side helps him score, but what he does I haven’t taught him,” Guardiola said when asked about Haaland’s goalscoring record.

“He has incredible instincts. It comes from his mum and dad – he was born with it.

Haaland’s father Alf-Inge played for City between 2000 and 2003, while his mother Gry Marita Braut was a Norwegian heptathlon champion.

Although currently second behind Arsenal in the table, few would argue that City, who have won four Premier League titles in the last five years, look almost unstoppable this season – especially now with Haaland’s goalscoring prowess.

Having already scored 29 goals this season – an average of almost four per game – City remain unbeaten and are on course to break the team’s league record of 106 goals in a single season, set in 2017/18.

“There are a few things we need to improve – in the process we lose easy balls and we need to improve that,” Guardiola said.

“The simple things we don’t do well. But six goals against United, which came from a win in four games [streak in the league]including Arsenal and Liverpool, is really good.

Haaland slips to score his second goal against Manchester United.

Perhaps lost in the glamor of Manchester City’s performance was what the defeat meant for United, who trailed 6-1 before Anthony Martial’s two consolation goals.

The derby loss was United’s third league loss this season, leaving them seventh in the table. Among the issues facing manager Erik ten Hag is what to do with Ronaldo, who was kept on the bench for the duration of the match.

‘I wouldn’t bring him in because we’re 4-0 down and out of respect for Cristiano, for his great career’ is how ten Hag justified not bringing in Ronaldo, who is yet to score in the league this season, in the second half.

The Dutchman pointed to his players’ lack of confidence as the reason for the lackluster performance against Man City, which came after a run of four league wins against Liverpool, Southampton, Leicester and Arsenal.

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“In the [previous] games – yes, a few weeks ago – our team was confident, there was a good spirit, there was a good atmosphere and today we didn’t bring it on the pitch at all from the first minute”, said ten Hag.

“The vibe is not gone [definitively] but today, they have not brought conviction to the field. It is possible to play and we did not.

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