Roy Keane explains how Erling Haaland has made Man City more dangerous following West Ham brace

The former Manchester United captain feels Manchester City will be even better this season.

<p>Erling Haaland scored two as Manchester City beat West Ham United. Credit: Getty.</p>

Erling Haaland scored two as Manchester City beat West Ham United. Credit: Getty.

Roy Keane has said Erling Haaland will give Manchester City another way of playing this season, following his brace against West Ham United.

The Norwegian opened his account for the Blues on Sunday, marking his Premier League debut by getting all of the goals in a 2-0 win at the London Stadium.

Haaland netted his first in the latter stages of the first half when he was fouled by Hammers goalkeeper Alphonse Areola in the area, before the No.9 slotted home the subsequent penalty.

Haaland responded emphatically after a disappointing display in the Community Shield last weekend. Credit: Getty.

In the second period he doubled the champions’ advantage and side-footed the ball into the bottom corner after he latched onto Kevin De Bruyne’s through ball.

Both goals came from runs in behind, something City at times lacked last season, and it’s for that reason Keane feels Haaland’s arrival will give City a new way of scoring goals.


“It’s a different option for City,” he said during Sky Sports’ post-match coverage. “We still saw the brilliance of Man City today in terms of their control, the passing, pace and the way they wore West Ham down, who are no mugs.

“They’ve just toyed with them today, but they have the opton of five yard [passes] or runs in behind. When you’re a defender and you play against Man City and people are running in behind you, it’s a different challenge for defenders and West Ham couldn’t deal with that.

“It just gives them different options in terms of the forward positions,” he added. What we saw today was Man City, no surprsises, they were brilliant, they controlled the game; they made West Ham look leggy. Man City look as strong as ever.

“I think this lad, if he stays fit and healthy, he’s in a brilliant Man City team, and these records, he’s going to smash all of them.”