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7,434 Man Utd fans triple captained Erling Haaland in Fantasy Premier League

Daniel Marland

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7,434 Man Utd fans triple captained Erling Haaland in Fantasy Premier League

Erling Haaland was tripled captained by 7,434 Manchester United fans in Fantasy Premier League last weekend - he then went on to score a hat-trick in Manchester City's 6-3 victory over them.

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The Norway international continued his incredible start to life in English football on Sunday afternoon with his third hat-trick of the campaign.

Haaland dominated United's centre backs, bullying Lisandro Martinez, Raphael Varane and substitute Victor Lindelof throughout.

Phil Foden scored a hat-trick of his own and Haaland provided two assists, proving he's more than just a poacher.

The 22-year-old has been selected by 82.2 per cent of FPL players and all 5.6 million managers who captained him earned 46 points.

Image Credit: Alamy
Image Credit: Alamy

According to the FPL's official Facebook page, 7,434 Red Devils supporters knew Haaland would run riot and triple captained him for this week.

That takes Haaland's total to 69 points, the highest achieved by any player this term.

He still recorded 23 points for those who picked him but didn't captain him as well, a respectable total.

City manager Pep Guardiola has a reputation for chopping and changing his team, although Haaland's started every game this season.

With fixture congestion coming up soon due to a winter World Cup, Guardiola admitted Haaland could be due some time on the bench.

"He will take a break," Guardiola said post-match.

"There will be games he is not going to play. We are lucky, last season he could not play many games in a row - here we have incredible physios and thanks to them, he can play every 90 minutes."

City sit second in the table and unbeaten in all competitions.

Guardiola praised Haaland further and said scoring goals has been natural for him at every club.

He continued: "I say it many times and I will say again - what Erling is doing he did in Norway, Austria and Germany.

"The quality we have alongside him helps him score, but what he is doing I didn't teach him.

"He has incredible instincts. It comes from his mum and dad. He was born with that."

Featured Image Credit: Erling Haaland/Instagram, FPL & Alamy

Topics: Manchester City, Erling Haaland, Fantasy Premier League, Manchester United

Daniel Marland
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