Manchester United legend Gary Neville has likened Erling Haaland to James Bond villain ‘Jaws’ following his explosive start to the Premier League season at rivals Manchester City.
The 22-year-old goal fiend has been in scintillating scoring form at the Etihad since trading Borussia Dortmund for City, currently leading the early Golden Boot race with 10 strikes across only six appearances, collecting two consecutive match balls in that time.
Pep Guardiola’s men once again dropped points at the weekend in a 1-1 draw with Aston Villa, but Haaland netted his obligatory goal, directing a precision Kevin De Bruyne cross into the back of the net to continue his record-breaking start to 2022/23.
The Norwegian has settled into the pace of the Premier League like a duck to water, adding world-class ammunition to Guardiola’s already-impressive armoury, leading Neville to label him “unplayable” and offer a rather interesting comparison.
“Erling Haaland is… it just looks a bit unfair. I remember when I watched James Bond films when I was younger and there was the character Jaws, who was about 7ft 2in,” Neville said on his latest Sky Sports podcast.
“He used to just pick people up and chuck them on the floor, and it’s a little bit like that when you watch Haaland against strong centre-backs.
“You think, ‘wow, he’s just unplayable – how do you even cope with him in the box?’.
“The one thing I would say is Haaland’s career at City will probably prolong his overall career, because he’s just standing there.
“The way Manchester City play, with that possession that they keep, you never really see him stretching teams, other than when they get one or two in front.”