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Haaland reveals how many goals he could’ve scored against Leeds

Manchester City celebrate a goal against Leeds
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The Norway international’s brace at Elland Road saw him become the fastest player in Premier League history to reach 20 goals.

Erling Haaland claimed he could’ve scored five goals in Manchester City’s 3-1 win against Leeds United on Wednesday.

The Leeds-born striker continued from where he left before the World Cup break, scoring a second-half brace to help City to an 11th victory and retake second in the Premier League from Newcastle.

By doing so, Haaland reached the 20-goal mark in a record 14 Premier League appearances. The previous record holder Kevin Phillips took seven more games to reach the milestone.

However, Haaland, who now has 26 goals in all club competitions, felt he could’ve done better.

“I just said it inside, I could have scored five, it’s the truth. But we won, that’s the most important thing,” Haaland said on Amazon Prime.

“We see Arsenal at the top now and we have to hunt them, so for the win, we are really happy. For me as a striker, I could have scored a couple more, but that’s life. What can I do? I have to practice more.”

World Cup frustration ‘triggered’ Haaland

The 22-year-old sat out of the 2022 FIFA World Cup over the club winter break after Norway failed to qualify for the tournament.

Asked what he did during the World Cup, Haaland said: “Being home, being a bit mad that I didn’t play the World Cup and was on my sofa. 

“I was kind of a commentator for the World Cup in my own home, where nobody listens to me!

“I recharged my batteries and watching people score and win games at the World Cup triggered and motivated me. It irritates me, as I just said. I’m more hungry than ever.”

Haaland will look to add to his 20-goal tally on New Year’s Eve when City welcome Everton to the Etihad this Saturday.