30 Aug 2022 | 08:30 | Football
Erling Haaland scored twice on his Premier League debut as Manchester City opened their title defense with a 2-0 win over West Ham, while Manchester United were beaten 2-1 by Brighton in their first game. Erik ten Hag on Sunday. Haaland has lived up to the hype since moving from Borussia Dortmund to give the champions the perfect start to the season in the harsh East London heat. West Ham nearly missed Man City’s title chances as they led 2-0 at half-time in last season’s penultimate game before Pep Guardiola’s men fought back for the final point. They overtook Liverpool at the top of the table.
But they were no match this time as Haaland immediately proved City’s worth by adding a proven goalscorer to their arsenal.
The Norwegian has been signed as the permanent successor to Sergio Aguero and began his career at Man City as the club’s all-time leading goalscorer with a brace on his league debut.
Haaland missed his chance in City’s 3-1 loss to Liverpool in the Community Shield, but Guardiola’s warning that the goals would soon pass proved correct.
“We know we have a threat there. He’s an amazingly deep runner and finisher,” said Guardiola.
“He is adapting perfectly to the way we want to play. We will find him more and more and hopefully we can give him the chance to score more goals.”
Man City’s patient possession game sent the Hammers down as temperatures in the English capital spiked above 30 degrees Celsius on Sunday.
Haaland took responsibility from the penalty spot to open his Premier League account after he was knocked out by Alphonse Areola.
West Ham started the second half with more intention to attack but that simply played into the hands of Man City’s new weapon like Kevin De Bruyne Extending their defense with a pass on a counter-attack, Haaland charged straight into goal and knocked Areola down.
Seagulls too polished for United
The mixed fortunes of Manchester clubs in recent seasons continued as United suffered another false dawn in their first game under Ten Hag.
Cristiano Ronaldo starting off the bench for the Reds due to lack of pre-season training with the Portuguese being said to want to leave Old Trafford to play in the Champions League this season.
Brighton beat United 4-0 when the two teams last met in May and despite losing Yves Bissouma and Marc Cucurella for more than £100m since ($121m), the Seagulls are once again too smooth against United’s solid defence.
Twice in nine minutes, Pascal Gross appeared unmarked in the post to score a goalless net before half-time.
Ronaldo received a rapturous reception from another frustrated crowd, but never had a clear goal of denying their first win at Brighton’s Old Trafford.
“It was the worst possible start, to be 2-0 down at half-time at Old Trafford,” said the United captain Harry Maguire.
“It wasn’t good enough. We managed to pull back a goal and had a chance to equalize. It was a bad start for us.”
Brentford had two conceded goals to save the 2-2 draw against Leicester.
Both started and Maddison’s corner gave Timothy Castagne the opener.
Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall’s stunning strike from long range then doubled Leicester’s lead early in the second half.
But Brentford came back to take a point like Ivan Toney used his strength to shoot the ball from close range before Josh Dasilva found the high corner.
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