Haaland debuts with double and victory for City

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Before De Bruyne received in his field, Erling Haaland was already sprinting diagonally behind the central defenders. The Belgian raised his head, accommodated the passage to the ball and threw it low in depth where there was no one. where he could not reach more than norwegian, whose stampede into space offers a new dimension to Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City. Haaland won the area three meters ahead of the defense, outlined himself without touching it and with a single touch he sentenced the goalkeeper. The Norwegian closed his debut in the Premier with a double, victory over West Ham (0-2) and an ovation from the blue part of the stands.

Some worried that Erling Haaland had shone in a context different from the one offered by City, but the Norwegian carries his own on his back. Guardiola does to put more balls into the area; Haaland, for playing a little more from behind, being a player who breathes facing the door. But the reality was even more resounding than the Norwegian: two of his starts, one short and one long, struck down West Ham.

It was a difficult visit for City, opened the Premier in an Olympic Stadium from which last season he could only get two draws, and even so it was more than what Liverpool, Tottenham or Chelsea got. West Ham, a team that lends itself to rock & roll, started off intimidating with two very dangerous missed chances, but soon found themselves locked in the back. Together, well placed, but without finding a way out against a team in which Guardiola placed his full-backs as pivots to go up to De Bruyne and Gundogan.

To put pressure with the ball up, to punish from the inside any bad step caused by the rise of Grealish and Foden by the sides. And so the first was born, from a perfect pass from Gündogan to a space in the area that a year ago did not exist without Haaland. The Norwegian extended his leg and ex-Madrid player Aréola, who had come on for the injured Fabianski, took him ahead.

If it was anticlimactic that Erling Haaland’s debut as a scorer in the Premier came from a penalty, the second will remain for the retina. A violent sprint in the open field, a beautiful launch into space and a surgeon completion.

Brighton beat United

Some wretch with hope would still be in OldTrafford. What if it is not the first day, the only page on the calendar where anything is still possible. sure the hard line Erik ten Hag would wake up Manchester United. Surely the punishment of Cristiano Ronaldo, substitute after the rudeness against Rayo Vallecano, of months forcing the exit, would have an effect. But the problems of the ‘red devils’ are deeper than a coach can solve, and there are many on the list before the Portuguese (1-2).

A Brighton without Cucurella ni Bissouma, but with ambition he found in front of a team without ideas and something more worrying, without soul. Faced with the intensity of the pressure that Ten Hag asks for, United showed a amazing passivity to defend the two transitions in which Pascal Gross netted his double in the first half. One in the opposite field, another in the midfield. In both disorder, indecision and little forcefulness.

How Ten Hag would see it, that without finishing the first act he ordered Cristiano Ronaldo to warm up. Portuguese is not neither the problem nor the solution of United, but in the current situation of the team it helps more than it muddies. The mere presence of him made Brighton back down, and he even put half a goal in Marcus Rashford’s boots, which was not complete because Robert Sánchez was very quick to get out of the door and because the Englishman has lost time.

The punishment was not higher because the referee excused himself in a possible penalty of Lisandro Martinez on Welbeck, an old acquaintance who made those who were his suffer. And because United found respite in a confusing corner that ended with Mac Allister’s own goal, but if there was still one hopeful wretch left at Old Trafford, he would go home with a frown.

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