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Man City’s Erling Haaland targets Man United ahead of new season


Erling Haaland was unveiled as a Manchester Metropolis participant on Sunday — and instantly focused arch-rivals Manchester United.

The 21-year-old joined the membership from Borussia Dortmund in a €60 million deal final month as one in every of 4 summer season signings introduced to a whole lot of followers gathered exterior the Etihad Stadium.

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And when requested which staff he was wanting ahead to taking part in towards probably the most, Haaland replied: “I do not need to say the phrases, however … Manchester United.”

Haaland was linked with a transfer to Outdated Trafford at one stage, however his father, Alf-Inge, performed for Metropolis within the early 2000s and he admitted proudly owning T-shirts of Sergio Aguero, claiming the membership’s all-time high goalscorer is a task mannequin for him.

However when explaining why he selected to affix Metropolis, the Norway ahead recalled an expertise with Dortmund towards Pep Guardiola’s facet in final 12 months’s Champions League quarterfinals.

“You see one thing on TV and once you truly meet it, it is fully totally different,” he mentioned. “I received a sense of that. Immediately I did not contact the ball for 25 minutes within the sport. I used to be like, ‘Please, [Ilkay] Gundogan, cease taking part in tiki-taka on a regular basis.'”

“It’s a totally different stage, I’ve to say. How they strategy the sport, how they play, how they create possibilities. That is what I need to be part of.

“In the long run, I simply had a sense in my abdomen. The sensation, the best way they play, every thing, I simply had a sense for Metropolis.”

Haaland performed down the strain on him to assist Metropolis retain the Premier League crown and finish their look forward to a maiden Champions League trophy.

“With me as a striker, I need to have enjoyable. When I’ve enjoyable, I rating targets. I smile, I take pleasure in taking part in soccer and every thing. In the long run I simply hope to smile loads,” he mentioned.

“It’s a large problem, a brand new nation, a brand new league, new coach, new every thing. However I understand how it’s to come back to a brand new membership. I’ve performed it a few occasions earlier than. So I’m actually wanting ahead to it.”

Haaland was unveiled alongside Julian Alvarez, Stefan Ortega Moreno and Kalvin Phillips, though Phillips was unable to attend the occasion in particular person because of sickness.

Alvarez, a €17m acquisition from River Plate, outlined his want to comply with his nation’s predecessors — together with Aguero, Pablo Zabaleta, Carlos Tevez and Nicolas Otamendi.

“Manchester Metropolis has loads of historical past with Argentine gamers earlier than I got here right here to create my very own historical past, to achieve the highest and proceed my very own path,” Alvarez mentioned.

“Enjoying loads and contributing with my sport, I need to win trophies, I need to win the Premier League, the Champions League and all of the trophies attainable.”

Backup goalkeeper Ortega Moreno, who signed on a free switch from Arminia Bielefeld, mentioned: “I see an enormous likelihood right here for me to gather new experiences. My outdated membership just isn’t an enormous membership in Germany, so this 12 months is a extremely large likelihood to play for among the finest golf equipment on the planet. I’ll attempt to push Ederson to a brand new stage.”

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