Erling Haaland admits Fulham have a proper to be offended over Manchester City’s controversial second aim in Saturday’s Premier League conflict on the Etihad Stadium.
Haaland scored a hat-trick as champions City in the end ran out snug 5-1 winners over the Londoners however the recreation turned on a extremely contentious incident simply earlier than half-time.
Nathan Ake headed City 2-1 forward however Fulham complained vociferously that Manuel Akanji, stood in an offside place, had tried to kick the ball on its well beyond and hindered goalkeeper Bernd Leno.
The protests, each on the sphere and the touchline, continued lengthy after VAR had dominated the aim ought to stand and Haaland accepts the guests had some extent.
“I think it was offside as well,” the Norwegian advised beIN Sports. “I feel bad for them, I would be fuming after this as well. It must be a horrible feeling for them.”
Prior to that, the sport had been fairly extra sedate with few possibilities till Julian Alvarez scored a Thirty first-minute opener that was shortly cancelled out by Tim Ream.
City didn’t dwell on the incident after the break, shifting by way of the gears with Haaland usually coming to the fore.
He completed clinically from an Alvarez cross, fired residence a penalty after which turned in a Sergio Gomez cross to say his seventh City hat-trick in stoppage time.
“I’m back,” stated Haaland, who scored 52 targets final season. “I am always hungry. It’s a new season and I am ready.
“We started a bit sloppy but we ended in a good way. It was important to win – four out of four – and we go into the international break after a really good start.”
City’s victory was their second with out supervisor Pep Guardiola on the touchline as he continues his restoration from again surgical procedure, however the Spaniard is predicted to return for the journey to West Ham in a fortnight.
“I think he misses us,” stated Haaland. “We also miss him sometimes too, so we look forward to having him back.”
Fulham go into the worldwide break with out a win since their season-opener at Everton, however veteran defender Ream expects the staff to hit again.
The American stated: “That’s just the nature of the squad, the mentality (manager) Marco (Silva) has instilled in us. It’s just a shame that we have an international break and it’s two weeks between games for some guys. But we’ll come back. We’ll look at things we can improve upon and we go again when we come back.”