Erling Haaland admits he ‘likes the vibe’ he has struck with Manchester City team-mate Jack Grealish and vows to ‘get better’ after scoring his first goal since his £51m move from Borussia Dortmund
- Erling Haaland ‘likes the vibe’ that he has formed with England’s Jack Grealish
- Haaland arrived at Manchester City this summer after a £51million move
- He scored 12 minutes into his debut off a Grealish cross against Bayern Munich
Manchester City new boy Erling Haaland is relishing his blossoming partnership with Jack Grealish after the England international helped him mark his debut with a first goal for the club.
The 22-year-old Norwegian, a £51million summer signing from Borussia Dortmund, needed just 12 minutes to do what he does best, converting Grealish’s cross to secure a 1-0 friendly victory over Bayern Munich on a stormy Saturday evening at Lambeau Field in Green Bay.
Haaland has already been impressed with the former Aston Villa playmaker, who has struggled to make the impact he might have hoped following his own £100m switch to the Etihad Stadium last August, but is convinced there is much more to come from the pair.
Erling Haaland and Jack Grealish have already struck up a good relationship on the pitch
He told Sky Sports: ‘He’s good. He has to get better, I have to get better, but good link. I like the vibe around him, so it’s going to be fun.’
Haaland’s involvement in front of a crowd of almost 80,000 was limited to just 41 minutes on a night when kick-off was delayed because of an electrical storm and then play paused for almost 45 minutes by another.
However, it did not take him long to demonstrate the prowess in which City have invested so heavily.
Haaland scored on his Manchester City debut from a Grealish cross against Bayern Munich
He said: ‘As you probably all know, I’ve been watching a lot of City games for the last years and the last years have been without a striker, so of course I’ve been seeing myself in these kind of situations today, so I’m not surprised.’
If results in pre-season are largely incidental, this one carried a little more weight for Haaland after his time in the Bundesliga and ahead of Saturday’s Community Shield clash with Liverpool.
He said: ‘It was about time, I have to say, seven losses in a row, so to win against Bayern feels good.
Haaland arrived at City this summer after a £51million move from Borussia Dortmund
‘The quality is good and it was also good to play against Bayern to get a real test before Liverpool in the week.’
In an 18-month spell at the Bundesliga side, the Norwegian striker managed a sensational 85 goals and 22 assists in 88 games, and formed a lethal partnership with another England forward in Jadon Sancho.
The prodigious forward also has 20 goals in 21 senior appearances for his country, and as a youngster he won the golden boot at the 2019 FIFA Under-20 World Cup in just one game after he scored nine goals against Honduras.
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