WOLVERHAMPTON, England – Erling Haaland added a strike from outside the area to his tally of goals since joining Manchester City in a 3-0 win at 10-man Wolverhampton in the Premier League on Saturday. .
City had already taken the lead at Molineux after 55 seconds through Jack Grealish when Holland picked up the ball 40 yards out, raced towards the penalty box and right-footed it into the bottom corner from the edge of the area in the 16th minute. scored
It was Haaland’s 11th goal in seven league games since his off-season arrival from Borussia Dortmund – most coming from the right in front of goal.
“I didn’t know he could score from outside the box,” joked Grealish, while Holland “plays in front of the best striker in the world.”
Wolverhampton’s earlier slim chance virtually ended when centre-back Nathan Collins was shown a straight red card for a chest-high lunge on Grealish in the 33rd.
Phil Foden headed home a cross on the right from Kevin De Bruyne, who provided the same assist for Grealish’s goal, to seal the win in the 69th minute that lifted City above Arsenal into first place – At least at night.
City have scored 23 goals in the first seven games of their title defense – comfortably more than any other team – and Holland have nearly half.
Grealish, on the other hand, has just one – and he knows he has more to justify becoming the most expensive Premier League player after joining from Aston Villa for £100m (then $139m) in the 2021 season. Need to score.
“Rightly people are asking questions – I need to score more runs and get more assists,” said the England international.
“I always talk to people about the money that has been spent on me, but my whole career I haven’t scored enough goals. I want to add that to my game.”
City manager Pep Guardiola was particularly pleased after the lunchtime kick-off, given his team’s quick turnaround from Wednesday night’s game against Dortmund in the Champions League – when Haaland was naturally the flyer. The governor scored.
“After the Champions League, at 12:30 (starting around), to come to this team, with their quality… we had an incredible win,” Guardiola said.