When Erling Braut Haaland plays football, he scores goals.

The Norwegian colossus was handed his Manchester City debut against Bayern Munich and within 12 minutes, he’d bagged his first goal.

A clever ball across the penalty area from Jack Grealish was gobbled up by a sliding Haaland and that proved to be the only goal of the pre-season match.

Haaland played 41 minutes in total before being replaced by the exciting Julian Alvarez.

After the game, Pep Guardiola said there’s much more to come from Haaland, as he’s still getting up to speed with City players and the team’s unique style of play.

Guardiola on Haaland’s debut

“He scored a goal which is important, these type of goals in front of keeper – always he’s there,” the Spaniard said.

“The first minutes, he needs more rhythm and time but already he had 45 minutes which is good for him.


“We’ll see how he reacts to the niggles that he had in the previous weeks.

“After we come back we have long weeks to prepare every weekend game. In those two or three weeks we will get the best form.”

The initial signs with regards to Haaland in a City shirt certainly look good, though, and he already looks to be getting on very well with his teammates.

Him and Grealish seem to be striking up a bit of a bromance, which was further highlighted by the moment the two shared in the tunnel during the Bayern game.

Check out the footage…

Video: Haaland & Grealish discuss goal vs Bayern

If you’re a City fan, you just love to see it.

Haaland’s goal against Bayern was a classic poacher’s one and having a player who bags them on a regular basis will make the Premier League champions a far more fearsome prospect in 2022/23.

It may also help bring the best out in Grealish.


The £100 million signing from Aston Villa had a fairly underwhelming debut season at City and failed to really nail down a place in the starting XI.

But with Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus now gone, Grealish has the chance to become one of the team’s main men and act as the perfect foil for Haaland.

At Villa, Grealish thrived when playing alongside a recognised striker in Ollie Watkins, finishing the 2020/21 season with 12 assists in 26 Premier League games.

With Haaland in front of him, the England international could rack up some seriously impressive numbers…


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