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Erling Haaland aims gig at Man Utd during his Man City unveiling

Erling Haaland has instantly endeared himself to Manchester City supporters with an early dig aimed at rivals Manchester United.

Haaland was officially unveiled by the Premier League champions on Sunday after beating teams across Europe in the race to sign the striker.

The Norway international was introduced to City fans outside the Etihad wearing his new no9 jersey, with his father Alfie playing a major role in his decision to move to the blue half of Manchester.

Alf-Inge Haaland spent three years with Man City, taking part in some wild derbies against United.

Asked about the game he was relishing the most, he delighted the crowd by saying: ‘I don’t like to say the words….Manchester United.’

Haaland was wanted by both Real Madrid and Barcelona while United were also desperate to sign him, having missing out on him prior to his move to Borussia Dortmund in 2019.

But the striker says a move to the Etihad to play under Pep Guardiola was his dream scenario.

‘I’ve watched City ever since Pep Guardiola took over in 2016 so I know exactly how they play. ‘I played against them in Champions League last year.

‘You see something on TV and then when you meet it is completely different. ‘I didn’t touch the ball for 25 minutes and it is like ‘Gundogan please stop playing tiki-taka’.

‘It is a different level how they play and that is what I want to be a part of. I just had that feeling I wanted to play for City.’

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