‘If I time my runs perfectly I know no one will stop me’: Erling Haaland issues an ominous warning to Gary Neville and Manchester United ahead of the derby as he declares himself ‘ready’ to take down Erik ten Hag’s side on Sunday
- Erling Haaland was speaking ahead of his first Manchester derby this weekend
- The Norwegian has started life at Manchester City in astonishing fashion
- The 22-year-old has 14 goals in all competitions so far for Pep Guardiola’s side
- Manchester City can go eight points clear of their great rivals with a win at home
Erling Haaland has delivered an ominous warning to Manchester United ahead of this weekend’s derby at the Etihad.
The Norwegian Haaland, 22, has started life at Manchester City in astonishing fashion, scoring 14 goals in all competitions, including 11 in the league alone with two hat-tricks.
Speaking to Sky Sports’ Gary Neville ahead of Sunday’s crunch fixture that could see City go eight points clear of their rivals, Haaland declared himself ‘ready’ to face United while also praising team-mate Kevin De Bruyne with the two appearing to have already struck up an insatiable understanding on the pitch.
Erling Haaland issued an ominous warning to Manchester United in interview ahead of derby
‘I don’t need to say too much. All I need to say is that I’m ready,’ Haaland said.
When questioned by interviewer Neville on his understanding with De Bruyne, Haaland said: ‘It’s the kind of thing I was thinking, all the balls that he just shoots in.
‘You know, it’s a dream for a striker. He knows I will be there and I know he will shoot the ball in there in front of the ‘keeper and behind the defence.’
Meanwhile, it was put to him by Neville that at times it appeared as though he was playing in an ‘under-5s’ game such has been his physical dominance over his opponents in the Premier League so far.
The Norwegian has made an explosive start to life in England, exceeding seemingly all expectations
Haaland, through a chuckle, did not seek to quell suggestions he was playing at a different physical level to many other players, instead suggesting that if he gets his game right then there is little chance of his opponents stopping him.
He said: Yeah, I think, let’s take for example the running. If I time my runs perfectly, I know that no one is stopping me.’
Pep Guardiola on Friday hailed City’s physios for the manner in which they have kept Haaland fit.
The City star said that he was enjoying life in England under Pep Guardiola as he looks to add to his 14 goals in all competitions
The Norwegian was troubled by various injury problems while at RB Salzburg and Borussia Dortmund, but he appears to have been managed excellently so far in Manchester.
‘Erling struggled a lot in Dortmund last year with injuries and arrived here with small problems after surgery,’ Guardiola said.
‘He started to work with Mario and other guys. Thanks to them – and his work ethic – he can play regularly now. Last season it was not possible.
‘I’ve always said to the club that the most important department in the backroom staff is the physios. They take care of the legs.
‘Thank you to Erling and the treatment from the guys. The clubs earn a lot of money when the players can play and most of the time it’s thanks to the physios.’