Roy Keane makes prediction over ‘brilliant’ Man City signing Erling Haaland

Erling Haaland starts for Manchester City in the Community Shield, and Roy Keane is excited about seeing the striker in action.

Manchester United legend Roy Keane is predicting big things for Erling Haaland at Manchester City this season.

Haaland arrived this summer as City’s marquee signing, joining from Borussia Dortmund after becoming a sensation in the Bundesliga.

The Norwegian scored 62 goals in 67 Bundesliga appearances for the German side and is widely regarded as one of the best players in the world, despite being just 22 years of age.

Of course, he is not the first big-money striker to arrive in the Premier League with plenty of hype, but there has rarely been higher expectations for a young signing in the English top flight.

Haaland made his competitive debut for City in Saturday’s Community Shield against Liverpool, and then it is full steam ahead for the start of the Premier League, when the champions begin away to West Ham United next weekend.

The Community Shield may be viewed as a friendly - albeit a more competitive one - by most, but fans were thrilled to see Haaland don a City shirt for the first time in a competitive game.

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 08: Pundit, Roy Keane looks on following the international friendly match between England and Wales at Wembley Stadium on October 08, 2020 in London, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Nick Potts - Pool/Getty Images)

And ahead of the game, ITV Sport pundit and United legend Keane was asked about City’s capture of the Norwegian.

He responded with a firm prediction, saying: “Brilliant, brillaint player. He is obviously only 22, and he has not peaked yet. He is in a brilliant team now, brilliant manager.

“You can’t imagine he doesn’t score 20-odd goals [this season], you just can’t imagine it if he stays fit. What a signing. Martin [Keown] used the word ‘exciting’, and that’s exactly what this young kid is. I’m looking forward to watching him over the next few months.”