With his most recent goal, Erling Haaland altered yet another Premier League record, giving Manchester City a 3-0 advantage against Wolves.
Even though Jack Grealish had a lackluster performance in City’s midweek UEFA Champions League victory against Borussia Dortmund, he was kept in the starting lineup at Molineux. After 55 seconds, the England playmaker returned Pep Guardiola’s confidence almost immediately by converting Kevin De Bruyne’s cross.
Then, Haaland made league history by becoming the first player to ever score in each of his first four away matches. He did this by punishing a backpedaling Max Kilman with a right-footed effort from beyond the box that clipped into the bottom corner.
Nathan Collins was rightfully dismissed after making an X-rated lunge into Jack Grealish’s midriff, but Wolves continued to work hard after the break despite being down a man.
De Bruyne matching Steven Gerrard’s Premier League record of 92 assists by crossing for Foden to score was therefore unexpected.
Wolves vs. Man City final score
MCI — Jack Grealish (Kevin De Bruyne) — 1st min
MCI — Erling Haaland (Bernardo Silva) — 16th min
MCI — Phil Foden (Kevin De Bruyne) — 69th min
Both of them worked together to position Grealish for City’s first assault. Foden attracted Rayan Ait-Nouri to him and connected with an overlapping De Bruyne. Then Grealish produced a penetrating run that he hasn’t done often enough in his City career, and he was rewarded with a tap-in.
Daniel Podence forced Ederson to beat a shot behind at his near post as a result of Wolves’ effective response. However, Collins was pulled out of position, leaving Kilman ill-equipped to stop a furious Haaland, whose errant attempt managed to slip by Jose Sa.
It turns out that wasn’t even close to Collins’ worst judgment call for the half. He came up to a bouncing ball that Joao Cancelo had fired down the left side towards Jack Grealish in the 33rd minute and caught the England playmaker with a high, risky challenge.
Wolves eventually decided not to submit, but referee Antony Taylor was left with no other option. In the first few minutes of the second half, they had the upper hand. Newcomer Matheus Nunes probed cleverly from midfield, while Podence, Pedro Neto, and Goncalo Guedes all posed issues to the City back four.
Record-man Haaland finds some new Writeups
With 11 goals in seven Premier League games and 14 in all competitions, the goals are becoming more and more predictable, and many observers are beginning to wonder what the Haaland “touch watch” means. The notion that Haaland is just sitting in the penalty area and waiting for his City colleagues to put in the hard yards is unfounded in reality. Today, he had 24, three fewer than 72nd-minute replacement Riyad Mahrez.
At Molineux, he occasionally descended to join assaults, most memorably when Bernardo Silva gave him the ball so he could score. While positioned on the right flank, he was crucial in the progression leading up to Foden’s goal.