Erling Haaland Wins the Manchester Derby – Is He the Real GOAT?

Erling Haaland has scored 14 goals in eight Premiership games his rookie season, smashing expectations with acrobatic finishes.

The 22-year-old sensation runs around seasoned Premier League vets like they’re rec league teenagers.

Legendary Englishmen Andy Cole and Alan Shearer share the current Premier League goal-scoring record at 34 in a 42-season (Mohamed Salah holds the record at 32 in a 38-match season). Even if Haaland’s goals per game decrease 50% to 0.9 for the remaining 30 matches, the Norwegian would still score roughly 27 more times, smashing the record at 41. That’s if Haaland suffers a precipitous drop in production – all things remaining equal, the newbie could score 60 or more in his first season in England’s top flight.

What do you even do after a rookie year like that? Do you just retire?

Nothing will be given to Haaland for the rest of the season, though nothing has been given to him up to this point, either. How the biggest (in more ways than one) target on the field continually manages to get open in the box is astounding – defenses have not figured out how to stop him yet, and until they do, Haaland is unstoppable.

Sunday’s Manchester Derby only solidified Haaland as a legend, scoring his third hat trick this season and finding two assists, both to Phil Foden, who snagged a hattie of his own.

Manchester City dominated their crosstown rivals Man U, with the Red Devils only scoring in garbage time against City’s second team. The beatdown was so bad that Ten Hag refused to put Ronaldo in out of respect for his career. Yikes.

Haaland isn’t the GOAT yet – but if he keeps this up, what’s stopping him?

We are witnessing greatness, so just sit back, relax, and watch him do it again on Wednesday when City takes on Copenhagen in the Champions League.

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