After scoring twice and dishing out an assist to help Manchester City cruise to a 3-0 victory against rival Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday, Erling Haaland broke one Premier League scoring record and tied another. Following his brace in City’s Champions League victory over Young Boys on Wednesday, Haaland gave the Citizens the lead against the Red Devils in the 26th minute following Rasmus Hojlund’s careless tackle of Rodri inside the area. After a wonderful team move that sliced through United’s half, Haaland then doubled his goal and City’s lead with a close-range header four minutes after the break. The Norwegian then resisted the urge to complete his hat-trick by setting up Phil Foden for a tap-in to finish.
City’s No.9 has now scored 11 goals in 10 Premier League games this season, three more than his nearest challengers Mohamed salah and Son Heung_min
Last season’s Premier League Golden Boot winner has increased his overall goal tally in the English top flight to a remarkable 47 after just 45 games, including a record-breaking 20 goals in just 23 away fixtures.
Indeed, Haaland has become the fastest player to score 20 away goals in the Premier League, surpassing the previous record held by kevin Phillips who required 28 away matches to reach the 20-goal mark.
Haaland has also equalled sergio Aguero with the most goals and assists by a Man City player in Premier League Manchester derbies, with two goals and an assist on Sunday moving him up to eight goal contributions despite playing in just three league meetings with the Red Devils.
The Norwegian is just one Manchester-derby goal contribution behind former Man United striker wayne rooney (nine), two behind Eric cantona (10) and four adrift of Ryan Giggs (13) at the top of the charts.
Discussing his goals and the victory at Old Trafford in a post-match interview with Sky Sports, Haaland said: “Amazing. A fantastic win. The game was incredible today, the whole team and everything.
“I felt it a little bit, pressure for the penalty. I had the pressure and I scored and it was a fantastic feeling. It was a nice celebration, for both of them. It was a nice game. (For the third goal) I saw Phil was alone so it was simple as that.
“It was an incredible save (by Andre Onana ) right before the half time. He did another fantastic save in the second half when I chipped it, he saved it with his head. It is what it is. We won so I don’t care.”
Man City have accumulated 24 points from their opening 10 Premier League games this season and sit third in the table , eight points clear of Man United in eighth and two points behind Tottenham Hotspur at the summit.
Guardiola’s side will look to close in on Spurs at the top when they welcome Bournemouth to the Etihad Stadium for their next top-flight fixture in six days’ time