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Ferdinand blames Haaland for making Premier League a 'one-horse race'

Sat 17 September 2022 | 16:32

Erling Haaland was on target again for City this Saturday as he helped them seal a 3-0 victory over Wolves, helping them sit first on the league table by scoring 11 goals in City's opening 7 matches as Manchester United legend Ferdinand hails the Norwegian.

Erling Haaland

was named the Premier League’s Player of the Month after the Norwegian scored nine goals in five August outings, he added another two in their next two games to help

Manchester City

sit at the top of the Premier League table with 17 points.

With Liverpool, City's most competitive challenger eight points behind them in the Premier League table,

BT Sport

pundit and former Manchester United defender

Rio Ferdinand

believes the title is already decided. He said after City’s 3-0 victory at Wolves:

"It's ominous for everyone else. It's looking like a one-horse race [for the title].

"They're only going to get stronger. Haaland has hit the ground like a racehorse. He's taken everybody else's game up a level.

"Grealish answered the critics in a wonderful way with a good performance and a goal. Kyle Walker is coming back.

"So all things are looking positive for them. There will be bumps in the road for every team but this is looking good."

 

The former

Dortmund

striker has become the first ever Premier League player to score in each of his first four away Premier League games upon his arrival this summer. He also has an outstanding record of scoring 100 goals in the last 99 games.

Ferdinand backed Haaland to set a new

Premier League goals record

, which is currently shared by Alan Shearer and Andy Cole for 34 goals.

"He's on the right track. I'm saying 35 [goals],"

Ferdinand said.

"He's got the ability to break records as he's in a team that absolutely dominates. He's got the hunger and desire."

 

Asked whether the Norwegian would be able to win

Ballon d’Or

, Ferdinand said:

"I'd say he's in contention.

"If he carries on this form, if City win the Champions League, there's no question, there won't be anybody who can get near him.

"He scored with his first touch today. He wasn't involved in the game but he doesn't care about that."

After the upcoming international break, City will be back in action when they face

Manchester United

on October 2.

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source: BT Sport

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