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"I can't really say this in front of the camera..." - Erling Haaland makes Manchester City goalscoring admission before Manchester United clash

Harry Siddall

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"I can't really say this in front of the camera..." - Erling Haaland makes Manchester City goalscoring admission before Manchester United clash

Erling Haaland has admitted even he could not expect to have made such a flying start to life at Manchester City.

The Norway international completed a £51 million move to the Premier League champions in June and has hit the ground running in the Premier League.

After bagging a brace on his debut, the striker has scored 11 domestic goals in seven appearances alongside three in his two Champions League games.

Haaland's standout week was when he scored back-to-back hat-tricks against Crystal Palace and Nottingham Forest that secured the Premier League Player of the Month award for August.

Despite having his doubters, the Norwegian has proved to everyone that he is a world class talent and is hungry to win silverware with a club he's supported since a little boy.

Erling Haaland in Champions League action for Manchester City
Erling Haaland in Champions League action for Manchester City

His father, Alfie played for the Blues in the early 2000s and had a huge say in his decision to join Pep Guardiola's side last summer.

City's new number nine will get his first taste of the Manchester Derby this weekend and will want to continue his momentum in front of goal.

The 188th edition of this standout fixture is set up to be an intriguing affair, with both sides coming into the clash in flying form.

Speaking to Viaplay Fotball, Haaland believes his goalscoring exploits in such a high-quality side has come as no shock to him, but the volume of goals has been a surprise.

He said: "No one could have expected this start, we can say that in all honesty.

"But at the same time, you're coming to Manchester City as a striker who loves to score, and has scored a lot. And Manchester City scored 100 goals the previous year - of course I'm going to score goals. It really should be a given."

Haaland continued: "I can't really say this in front of the camera because it can create the wrong headlines.

"In a way, I'm not surprised I'm scoring goals, but the fact that I've scored 14 goals for City in the beginning of the season, and we're not in October yet, I didn't expect that."

Manchester City's Erling Haaland
Manchester City's Erling Haaland

Perhaps what's most impressive about Haaland's start in East Manchester is the range of goals he's scored so far.

From the insane athleticism on display to score the winner against Borussia Dortmund to being in the right place at the right time against Crystal Palace, he has shown his full repertoire.

Having the likes of Kevin De Bruyne and Bernardo Silva supplying him has definitely helped the centre forward, but he has also created some goals out of absolutely nothing.

His driving run and finish against Wolves before the international break doubled City's advantage and showed how devastating he can be when allowed time on the ball.


Featured Image Credit: Sebastian Frej / Alamy

Topics: Manchester City, Erling Haaland, Manchester United, Premier League, Manchester City Transfer News & Rumours

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