The good, the dad and the ugly
Erling Haaland will have a chat with his dad Alf Inge before he plays in his first Manchester derby on Sunday, writes MARTIN BLACKBURN.
The Norwegian hotshot grew up as a City fan and won’t need any extra motivation for the showdown with United at the Etihad.
But Haaland Sr may provide some – as he was famously pushed towards retirement by a horror tackle from Roy Keane in this fixture 21 years ago.
The scars obviously run pretty deep in the 14-goal striker’s family.
When Erling was introduced to the City fans at a special event back in July he was asked which fixture he was looking forward to the most.
“I don’t like to say the words… Manchester United,” he replied – to huge cheers from the supporters who had gathered to greet him.
On Sunday he will get a first chance to show the Red Devils just how much he dislikes them – and might have some words from his old man ringing in his ears.
The £51.4million ace said: “I will probably speak to my dad about it, yeah, but I know what it’s like and I’m ready.
“I’m excited, it will be a great experience. Hopefully a good, intense game and I look forward to it.
“I expect United to be hard-working, they’ll come to us to try to destroy us but we have to believe in ourselves and to perform well and take advantage of being at home.”