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Erling Haaland issues perfect response to critics after that Manchester United missed chance



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Manchester City striker Erling Haaland has addressed the missed chance against Manchester United in the Premier League last weekend.

The Norway international missed a glorious opportunity to equalise for Manchester City at the end of the first-half during Sunday’s derby clash with Manchester United, putting a chance surprisingly wide from close range.

Haaland did manage to extend his goal tally against Manchester City’s local rivals to six goals however, securing the victory early into second-half added time, cushioning the ball into the far corner to move Pep Guardiola’s side into an unassailable 3-1 lead.

Phil Foden completed the turnaround prior to Haaland’s 28th goal of the campaign, as two second-half goals from the Englishman moved Manchester City into a 2-1 lead, after Marcus Rashford had thumped United ahead.

Foden and Haaland were on the scoresheet for the second successive derby at the Etihad Stadium, with the pair having both scored hat-tricks in an emphatic 6-3 win last season.

Haaland, who scored five goals against Luton Town in the Emirates FA Cup last week, has scored 28 goals in 31 appearances for City so far this season.

The 23-year-old currently leads the race for the Premier League Golden Boot despite missing 11 matches for the Sky Blues due to injury this season.

The striker smashed the goalscoring record with 52 goals in 53 appearances last season, and has been subject to some criticism after missing a series of recent chances for Guardiola’s side.

Ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League last-16 second-leg clash with FC Copenhagen, Haaland admitted a need for improvement.

“People say I’m good at scoring goals but I missed the biggest chance in the world ever so I can get better at that,” said the Norwegian.

“I’ve missed a lot of chances, I’ll keep missing chances, and I’ll keep scoring goals. I’ll probably miss a big chance in future, people will criticise me. Should I keep thinking about it? No.”