Marsch credits Haaland´s ´infectious´ hunger after Man City striker dominates on reunion

    Jesse Marsh has credited his former Salzburg striker Erling Haaland with an “infectious” hunger for goals after Manchester City’s talisman tormented Leeds United at Elland Road.

    Haaland made his first Premier League trip to his hometown memorable by scoring a double in the second half after Rodri landed the first kick for the champions, who were five points clear of leaders Arsenal in a 3-1 win.

    The 22-year-old has scored 20 Premier League goals in just 14 games, seven fewer than former Sunderland striker Kevin Phillips.

    Having spent half the season in Austria, Marsh is well aware of the Norwegian’s talents and has never seen a player with such a desire to score goals.

    “Haaland has an uncanny ability to know where to score goals and a hunger to score goals that I’ve never seen before,” Marsh told Amazon Prime Video.

    “When he is on your team, it is contagious. You obviously see his quality, but that desire extends to the whole team.”

    Asked if this hunger made Pep Guardiola’s men favorites, Marsh said: “I don’t know, but it makes Haaland one of my favorite players that I have to watch.”

    Haaland missed two great opening opportunities before finally penalizing Leeds with two one-on-one saves from Illan Mellier before half-time.

    The striker told Amazon Prime Video he was disappointed that he hadn’t scored five times, quotes Guardiola said after the game.

    “I’m so upset, I’m so upset,” Guardiola joked. “We are delighted with how humble and down to earth he is.

    “He is an exceptional guy with his work ethic and professionalism. It is a great pleasure for our adversaries that he is there.

    “Missed opportunities are part of the game. In this stadium, against a team that was able to play really well against top teams like Arsenal and Liverpool, that’s a big compliment for the boys in their first Premier League game since the World Cup.”

    Haaland scored 26 goals in just 20 appearances for City, making him the fastest player to score 25 goals while playing under Guardiola during his top-flight managerial career.

    World Cup winner Lionel Messi was the previous holder of this record, it took him eight more games to reach this result, playing for Guardiola’s all-conquering team Barcelona.

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