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Erling Haaland impresses with two goals for Manchester City

TDespite his successful debut in the Premier League with two goals for Manchester City, Erling Haaland was not quite satisfied after the 2-0 (1-0) win at West Ham United. “It was good, a good start,” said the former Dortmund player on Sky Sports. However, Haaland admitted that he could have scored even more goals, for example after a cross pass from Ilkay Gündogan. “Yes, I should have been there. It’s about the interaction that we practice every day in training to get better and that will come.”

The Norwegian expressed his delight that his father Alf-Inge, who played for Man City from 2000 to 2003, was at the stadium. “It’s nice that he was able to see both goals, because that was a big moment for me as a debutant in this competition,” said the 22-year-old. Haaland shot Manchester in the 36th (penalty) and 65th minute to the away win – absolutely no reason for the striker to rest. “It’s been almost 30 minutes since I scored the last goal,” he joked, “so I have to keep going.”

After West Ham’s goalkeeper Alphonse Areola put the rushing Haaland in the penalty area, the new signing from Borussia Dortmund converted the penalty kick to make it 1-0. The Norwegian confidently pushed a fantastic preparatory work by the Belgian national player Kevin De Bruyne into the goal for the preliminary decision. There had previously been doubts as to whether the physically massive Haaland would match Manchester City’s style of play. Now you can at least say: It could fit quite well.

The guests, who also included German international Gündogan in the starting line-up, improved compared to the 3-1 defeat against Liverpool in the final of the English Supercup (Community Shield). With the opening success at West Ham, the team from Manchester underlined their ambitions for the third championship title in a row.

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