All eyes had been on the prolific Norwegian after his Premier League bow introduced a match-winning brace at West Ham final weekend, however as a substitute it was Ilkay Gundogan, Kevin De Bruyne and Phil Foden who did the harm on the Etihad Stadium earlier than a late personal aim from Jefferson Lerma.
Haaland teed up Gundogan for the opener however completed the primary half with barely extra touches, 5, than Metropolis had objectives, three. There have been indicators of frustration however it will be laborious to name the large Norwegian peripheral to affairs, his motion liberating up area for others to prosper.
Erling Haaland needed to accept an help on his residence debut for Manchester Metropolis as Pep Guardiola’s facet cruised to a 4-0 victory over Bournemouth.
He ought to have scored too – with Foden responsible of failing to sq. the ball for a straightforward early tap-in earlier than he scuffed a shot together with his last contact and was changed by Julian Alvarez halfway by way of the second half.
As a pall of blue smoke hung over the pitch from pre-match fireworks, Metropolis wasted no time in placing Bournemouth below relentless strain. Nathan Ake and Rodri each missed with unmarked headers as they gained six corners within the opening 10 minutes.
When a De Bruyne shot struck the heels of Foden, he swiftly managed and introduced an excellent save out of Mark Travers, however ignored the unmarked Haaland to his proper.
It took one other 10 minutes for Haaland to even register his first contact. When he did, it was an help.
He exchanged passes with Gundogan on the sting of the world, Haaland holding off two defenders to return the ball whereas off-balance, leaving Gundogan with the extra easy activity of lashing the ball into the identical internet the place his dramatic late aim gained the title for Metropolis 83 days earlier.
Haaland then mis-controlled a possibility to attain himself, however Metropolis’s second was coming and arrived simply after the drinks break by way of a elegant second from De Bruyne.
The Belgian minimize in from the right-hand facet and, as defenders converged on the sting of the penalty field, curled residence a shot with the skin of his boot.
Haaland was a spectator once more as Metropolis went 3-0 up seven minutes earlier than the break. Bournemouth ventured over the midway line for less than the third time within the match however had been swiftly hit on the counter.
Riyad Mahrez hoovered up a unfastened move and performed in De Bruyne, who waited for the run of Foden earlier than slipping the ball by way of Chris Mepham’s legs for the England midfielder to use the end.
Haaland wants solely a sniff to come back alive, and he nearly had Metropolis’s fourth when he bought a boot to a excessive ball close to the road, forcing Travers to tip a shot over.
Jack Grealish changed Foden on the break however Metropolis had been slower to get going, needing 10 minutes to threaten as Travers turned De Bruyne’s shot into the side-netting earlier than Gundogan bent an effort narrowly huge.
Lerma then made a significant contact to maintain Kyle Walker’s cross away from Haaland in entrance of aim.