Erling Haaland makes Manchester United claim, is labelled ‘monster’ but is then mocked by fellow Man City signing as club unveil new stars July 10, 2022 – Posted in: Soccer
Erling Haaland is already making a big impact at Man City.
The Norwegian superstar was unveiled alongside Stefan Ortega and Julian Alvarez on Sunday and his comments have been a hit at the Etihad Stadium.
Haaland lapped up the adulation given to him by supporters singing his name.
Prior to a press conference inside, he was questioned outside the stadium by fans.
The former Borussia Dortmund star revealed his major intention was to have fun at the Etihad Stadium as that would ensure his spell in Manchester is one full of goals.
He said: “I’ll handle it like I have my whole career, try to enjoy every moment. Try not to think too much, overthinking isn’t a good thing. Relax when I can, enjoy every moment when I can. And work hard.
“It’s a big challenge, a new country, a new league, new coach. I know how it is to come to a new club, I’ve done it a couple of times before, I’m looking forward to it. I smile a lot, work a lot, and hopefully enjoy the game a lot.”
And when asked which team he couldn’t wait to face, Haaland replied: “I don’t like to say the word, but, Manchester United, yes.”
And it appears Haaland is relieved he no longer has to worry about playing against City.
He added: “I played against them in Champions League last year. You see them on TV and when you meet it’s completely different.
“I didn’t touch the ball for 25 minutes, please [Ilkay] Gundogan, stop playing Tiki-Taka.
“It’s a different level how they approach the game, create chances. That’s what I wanted to be a part of.”
Another new signing, Stefan Ortega, has a great record against Haaland in the Bundesliga and is yet to concede a strike from his new teammate.
He teased the forward: “Hopefully I’ll keep him grounded, in training it’s easier for him to score against me because he needs the confidence more than me!”
But, overall, he’s been impressed by Haaland.
He added: “When I saw him for the first time in Salzburg he was a bit thin and now he is a monster. With his size and speed and quality in shooting and headers, he is the full package.”
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