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Man Metropolis’s Haaland brushes off United followers’ ‘Keano’ barbs

Erling Haaland mentioned he responded to taunts from Manchester United followers concerning the damage which completed his father’s enjoying profession by scoring from the penalty spot in Manchester Metropolis‘s 3-0 derby win at Outdated Trafford.

Haaland’s father, Alfie, suffered broken knee ligaments following a foul by United captain Roy Keane throughout an Outdated Trafford derby in April 2001. Keane later admitted in his autobiography that he intentionally got down to harm the previous Norway midfielder as revenge for his half within the cruciate ligament damage he suffered whereas enjoying in opposition to Haaland 4 years earlier.

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As Haaland waited to take his penalty — Metropolis’s first at Outdated Trafford since 1991 — the United supporters repeatedly chanted “Keano” and “Haaland, How’s your dad?” earlier than the Metropolis ahead scored and celebrated in entrance of the opposition followers.

“Folks had been singing to me ‘Keano,'” Haaland informed the BBC. “I do not know why, however it’s what it’s. It was a pleasant celebration and a pleasant sport.”

Haaland went on to attain Metropolis’s second objective earlier than teeing up a 3rd for Phil Foden late within the second-half, however supervisor Pep Guardiola mentioned he did not imagine that the ahead was motivated by the United fan chants.

“Actually, we did not discuss that,” Guardiola mentioned. “I believe Erling is aware of his motivation is to attain at Outdated Trafford in opposition to a assured group. He loves to attain a objective.”

Guardiola mentioned that the important thing to Metropolis’s victory was the efficiency of midfielder Bernardo Silva.

“He [Bernardo] does not put on earrings or tattoos and has a standard automotive,” Guardiola mentioned “He is an unimaginable participant for us. He likes to play in Outdated Trafford too.

“Generally he performed right here as a false 9 up to now. He has this skill to make lots of possessions and assault in the best moments, he’s so clever. Everyone loves him, and he performed one other distinctive efficiency.

“He is among the finest gamers I’ve ever seen in my life and I’m fortunate to coach him. He is without doubt one of the greatest, for the way clever and intelligent and what a superb man he’s.”

Metropolis have now gained three successive video games in per week after struggling three defeats in 4 video games earlier this month. The win at Outdated Trafford takes Metropolis into third place, two factors behind unbeaten leaders Tottenham Hotspur, and Guardiola mentioned that the return to type has helped banish doubt from Metropolis’s minds.

“The Brighton sport was so necessary after a couple of defeats,” he mentioned. “It isn’t the actual fact of a defeat, it is when it is available in your thoughts and also you begin to have doubts in your head and after it’s harder.

“Brighton is a tricky opponent to play and I understand how troublesome it’s for each group to play in opposition to them, it is so difficult. It was additionally necessary in opposition to Younger Boys to grasp the best way we’ve to play, to be extra exact on a synthetic pitch and we did it completely.

“In the present day right here it’s particular for the situation. Outdated Trafford is Outdated Trafford and to win right here we’re so proud.”

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