Erling Haaland 'selfish' revelation as Man City fans tip him and Phil Foden to start vs West Ham

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These are your Manchester City headlines for Saturday, August 6

Erling Haaland is hoping to prove critics wrong this season
Erling Haaland is hoping to prove critics wrong this season

Here are your Manchester City headlines for Saturday, August 6

Erling Haaland's 'selfish' revelation proves Man City critics wrong

There was a moment in Erling Haaland's Manchester City debut in Green Bay where he was presented with a decent opportunity to score, but opted to square the ball to Jack Grealish, with a block seeing the chance go begging.

It felt uncharacteristic for a player who has scored so many goals from exactly the position he declined to shoot: on the angle, about 10 yards out, having been played in on the shoulder of the defender. However, Haaland's latest interview as a City player has perhaps explained why he didn't shoot - and why he might not shoot in future.

It comes after weeks of questioning from fans and pundits outside of City, trying to convince themselves that Haaland won't continue his goal-a-game form from RB Salzburg and Borussia Dortmund. The main theory to support that hope has been that Haaland will need time to adapt to Pep Guardiola's patient build-up.

Erling Haaland and Phil Foden tipped to start vs West Ham

Manchester City kick-off their defence of the Premier League title with a trip to face West Ham United at the London Stadium.

The Blues secured back-to-back triumphs in the most dramatic fashion on the final day of last season. After falling 2-0 down with 15 minutes to play against Aston villa, Ilkay Gundogan's brace, either side of Rodri's long-range strike, handed Pep Guardiola his 11th trophy on English soil.

It also means City have won four of the last five Premier League's on offer — further reinforcing Guardiola's dominance. But, as usual, City have to dust themselves down and go again in the hope of retaining their crown for the third consecutive year.

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