Owen Hargreaves and Rio Ferdinand heaved praise on Erling Haaland after Manchester City’s victory over Dortmund. He is considered the next superstar in football by many pundits.
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It was Haaland’s 13th goal from 10 games in all competitions this season, and the win puts City three points clear of Dortmund in Group G of the Champions League.
Hargreaves Speaks on Erling Haaland
“Erlin Haaland knows the impact he had” “He is walking around confidently, shouldering this weight and that is almost priceless.
“His dad [Alf-Inge Haaland] knows he is comfortable with this. It is not a burden to him. He thrives on this stage and that is what makes him so unique. “It is a different level. Dortmund played well but moments of magic that Erling Haaland has in him, he can get you out of trouble.
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“He has no negative body language to his team-mates. Sometimes he demands the ball but he does not get frustrated and throw his arms up. He is always ready for the moment.”
Erling Haaland had the least touches of the 11 starting City players against Dortmund, but managed to find the back of the net as he has done in nearly every game he has played so far this season.
Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand compared Haaland to the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Sergio Aguero, suggesting he could lead City to their maiden Champions League title.
“He could be the reason why this team go on and make a difference to win the Champions League,” said Ferdinand.
“[Ruud van] Nistelrooy, Aguero, [Robin] Van Persie, Ronaldo, there are players and you go, ‘That man will get us out of trouble.” “We played with Wayne Rooney. If he scored a goal or two in a game, but did not play really well and did not have loads of touches he was not happy.”
“Erling Haaland is the total opposite, ‘give me minimum touches and give me goals and I will die a happy man’. That is the way Haaland is and breathes about football. “It is all about the end product, scoring goals and deciding games.”