Before the Bundesliga returned on Saturday afternoon, everybody knew Erling Haaland was special. And Borussia Dortmund’s emphatic victory over Schalke at the Westfalenstadion has served to hammer that home – showing exactly why Manchester United made a mistake by not signing him in the January transfer window in the process.
All eyes were on the Bundesliga on Saturday afternoon, with fans from around the globe tuning in to Dortmund’s showdown with Schalke at the Westfalenstadion.
And, on a day where football returned for the first time since the coronavirus crisis, Haaland treated supporters to a masterclass.
He went into the game having contributed a staggering 49 goals via finding the net himself or assisting others – more than any other player on the planet.
And Haaland showed exactly why everybody raves about him with a commanding centre-forward display.
It took him just 29 minutes to get on the scoresheet.
Haaland showed his poacher’s instincts with a fine neat finish, converting Thorgan Hazard’s sensational cross.
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Raphael Guerrero then made it two on the stroke of half time, ruthlessly dispatching the ball past Roman Burki in the Schalke goal.
And Haaland continued his brilliant performance in the second half.
He showed bravery when going head to head with Schalke powerhouse Salif Sane, beating the defender to the ball to poke it through to Julian Brandt.
Brandt then freed Hazard, who finished expertly for Dortmund’s third goal of the afternoon.
And Haaland wasn’t done there, either.
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United have their own special talent in Mason Greenwood but Haaland, playing alongside the 18-year-old, would have been something else entirely.
Anthony Martial is a good asset but the France international has long struggled for consistency ever since his arrival in 2015.
Haaland has the ruthless edge the former Monaco star lacks.
And his scintillating display for Dortmund against Schalke has served to prove just how special he is.
Hammering home United’s big transfer mistake in the process.
Published at Sat, 16 May 2020 15:09:00 +0000