The Norwegian striker firmly put to bed any question marks over how he would adapt to English football – and Pep Guardiola’s style of play – with a monstrous display against West Ham at the London Stadium.
Haaland opened the scoring in the first half, sprinting in behind the Hammers’ defence and poking the ball past Alphonse Areola to win a penalty.
He then stepped up to convert the spot-kick, firing the ball into the bottom corner with aplomb, before doubling his tally for the day in the second period.
This time, Haaland burst in behind and was picked out by Kevin De Bruyne, with the former Dortmund striker taking his shot early and rolling the ball past Areola for a second time.
The 22-year-old was understandably in high spirits after his brace and got a little carried away in his post-match interview with Sky Sports, with Haaland having to be bleeped out twice as he turned the airwaves blue.
Asked if he felt he should have got a hat-trick, Haaland replied: ‘Yeah I could. If you saw the Gundo [chance] right before I went off, I should have been there. I f***ed up but that’s how it is.’
When interviewer Geoff Shreeves reprimanded him on his language, Haaland accidentally put his foot in it a second time, replying: ‘Oh sorry, s**t. Oh Sorry! Not good language in this country!’
Pundit Roy Keane was a big fan of Haaland’s post-match interview and display, saying: ‘He’s obviously got no problem with the language – even a couple of swear words there!
‘He spoke about his disappointment with one or two of the chances he missed, he’s obviously a mature lad, he’s hungry. Ticks all the boxes and that’s why Man City went after him. Fifty odd million seems like peanuts now. And what came across in the interview there is that he’s hungry for more.’
Reflecting on his performance, Haaland continued: ‘It was a good start there is nothing much to say other than that and it was 2-0. Good to get some minutes in the legs early in the season and we have to keep going.
‘As expected we saw the potential against Bayern [Munich in pre-season] and it was a bit down against Liverpool. It will come with games, it should have been more today.
‘It’s about the connections we do every day in training and practicing so we get better and this will come.
‘There were some good celebrations so I’m happy. Nice that he [Dad – Alfie] saw both goals as it is a big moment for me as a debutant in this competition. Also now it is almost 30 minutes since I scored the last goal so I have to keep going.’
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