ERLING HAALAND’s horror stats in Saturday’s loss to Manchester United show Man City are BETTER without him.
That’s the astounding verdict of former Etihad midfielder Didi Hamann – even if the striker has scored 40 goals this season.
Haaland had just 19 touches, including just three in the United box, and was wide on target with his two attempts on goal in a 2-1 away loss.
Sub Jack Grealish headed City ahead on the hour but Bruno Fernandes controversially equalized and Marcus Rashford sent Old Trafford mad by sweeping home a Red Devils winner.
Pep Guardiola’s champions are now five points behind leaders Arsenal.
And Hamann responded by posting on social media: “Man City was a better team without Haaland, even if he scored 40 goals this season.”
And while some fans scoffed at the German’s opinion, many agreed that the Norwegian hero does NOT suit City’s possession-based playstyle.
One said: “Yeah, he’s a monster of a player, a great goalscorer, but unless he’s on fire City don’t have a plan B.
“Having that obvious focus in a team costs points in the long run.”
Another wrote: “Agreed. Very, very few teams win with a single great goalscorer.
One simply posted: “The way City are playing doesn’t suit him.”
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It has even been argued that Alex Ferguson’s United ended up suffering for the same reason when Dutch champions Ruud van Nistelrooy were their target man.
One social media user said: “Happened at United with van Nistelrooy in the early 2000s.”
Similar views poured in as fans debated whether Haaland’s brilliant finish made up for possible flaws in his Link game.
One such view was, “This tactic of getting a 9 means these teams are too open and admitting possession.”