Erling Haaland score his first premier goal for Manchester City against West Ham United with a brilliant Penalty
Haaland’s transfer to Manchester City was confirmed by the Premier League champions last month, with the striker describing it as “a proud day for me and my family” and saying he has joined the perfect club.
Haaland’s father, Alfie, played for City in the early 2000s and the 21-year-old has joined from Borussia Dortmund after his €60m (£51.5m) buyout clause was met. He will earn £375,000 a week, plus bonuses
West Ham United 0:1 Manchester United
Erling Haaland has now scored 50 league goals since the start of 2020/21:
◎ 53 games
◉ 50 goals
◎ 13 assists
The reason City signed him.
Haaland scored 86 goals in 89 games for Dortmund, after joining from Red Bull Salzburg. Two goals for Norway against Sweden in the Nations League on Sunday took his tally to 20 from 21 caps.
The 21 years Norwegian international, Haaland scored 86 goals in 89 games in two-and-a-half seasons with the Black and Yellows, winning the German Cup and the Bundesliga Player of the Season award in 2020/21.
Erling Haaland made a permanent move to the premier League side on a five years permanent deal has proven to be worth every penny spent
Arguably the pick of the matches on the opening weekend of the 2022-23 Premier League campaign taking place at London Stadium this afternoon, as West Ham United welcome the champions Manchester City.
The Citizens will be looking to defend their title this season, while West Ham will again be bidding to be relevant in the discussion for a European finish come the end of the campaign.
West Ham finished seventh in the Premier League last season, in addition to making the fifth round of the FA Cup, quarter-finals of the EFL Cup and semi-finals of the Europa League during a strong campaign.
The Hammers will feel that they should have finished sixth due to Manchester United’s struggles towards the end of the season, but David Moyes’s side ultimately settled for seventh and a position in the playoff round of the Europa Conference League rather than a spot in the group stage of the Europa League.
Man City, meanwhile, will enter this match off the back of a 3-1 loss to Liverpool in the Community Shield last weekend, with the Reds managing to land the first blow in what could be another fascinating battle between the two best sides in English football this season.
The Citizens only actually played two pre-season fixtures, beating Club America 2-1 on July 20 before recording a 1-0 victory over Bayern Munich three days later, and it will be fascinating to see whether that has an impact on their performances early in the campaign.