Erling Haaland’s goal tally for Man City is ‘scary’, admits Pep Guardiola

Pep Guardiola has said it is “scary” how many goals Erling Haaland scores after the Manchester City forward became the first player to score three hat-tricks in as many Premier League home games to help his side to a 6-3 win to inspire against Manchester United.

Haaland also got two assists and Guardiola was happy that a finisher interfered more with the rest of the game instead of just being limited to the penalty area.

The Norwegian has now scored 14 goals in eight league games but while Guardiola said he didn’t deserve the credit for the striker’s goals in a City shirt, he reckons his players’ work ethic is what makes Haaland look ‘like a animal to run”.

He said: “The numbers speak for themselves. He’s done that here before. It’s not our way. We always try to help him in our environment. We have this incredible feeling that he always looks hungry and is so competitive. The numbers are frightening, honestly.

“Obviously the quality we have at his side helps him score goals. But I never once taught him what he did. When the ball is right and he’s attacking the box, moving out of the way behind the centre-back, he has incredible instincts that the ball is going to get there and it’s coming from his mum and dad. He was born with it and [we] Just help him score more goals.

“What they did today, Erling did in Norway, in Austria and in Germany, that’s the reality. He came and realized, ‘Oh, these guys, my buddies, run like an animal and so must I.’”

“What I like in the final stages of the game is that he’s involved. He said: “I prefer to touch the ball five times and score five goals.” I don’t like that, I want him to touch the ball more and more, so he became a footballer to score goals. I like that he’s more there for the situation, but don’t forget that his greatest talent is putting the ball in the net.”

Pep Guardiola reacts to Erling Haaland’s first goal of the day against Man United

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Despite becoming just the fourth side to score six goals in a Premier League game against United, City can do better, Guardiola said.

“There are obviously things we need to improve on, sloppy and easy balls that we lose,” he explained. “We still concede some actions for the opponent with simple things that we didn’t do well.”

Phil Foden rounded off City’s goal with his own hat-trick, while Antony United scored the first goal of the afternoon before Anthony Martial scored a brace. Erling Haaland’s goal tally for Man City is ‘scary’, admits Pep Guardiola

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