After scoring his first hat-trick for Manchester City at the weekend – in their 4-2 win over Crystal Palace – after joining Borussia Dortmund in the summer, Haaland repeated the feat on Wednesday night.
It took the Norwegian striker just 26 minutes between his first and third goals in the first half to complete the feat, as City cruised to a 6-0 win over newly-promoted Nottingham Forest at the Etihad Stadium .
It means Haaland has now scored a remarkable nine goals in his first five Premier League appearances, beating the previous record of eight set by Mick Quinn and City’s all-time top scorer Sergio Agüero.
Afterwards, Haaland praised his teammates and the impact they had on his game, calling the team’s performance “incredible”.
“Play, play, play and we knew we would have chances and we did. It was good. It’s been good so far, I’m not complaining!
“I try to listen as much as I can Pep [Guardiola] and the boys. They are incredible footballers, without them I cannot score goals. It’s about finding the chemistry and listening to Guardiola.
“It’s fantastic. That’s why I came here. We play so well, we get together, it’s going to be fun.”
After the match, manager Pep Guardiola was asked if Haaland could break Agüero’s club record of 260 goals.
“Sergio is the legend. No one can break the position in the hearts of City fans, scoring the most important goal in the club’s modern history,” Guardiola said.
“Erling has the quality to be there. What Sergio has done is amazing. But Erling has that talent. I hope he can take advantage and score more goals. Knowing him a bit, I don’t know if he would be happy to break records if we don’t win titles.”
“This guy is special”
Besides Haaland’s ruthlessness in front of goal, the night will be remembered for a decisive game for another City striker.
After Haaland’s quick hat-trick and João Cancelo’s first goal of the season, it all became Julián Álvarez’s exit party.
The Argentina striker, making his first Premier League start since joining from River Plate, scored twice against Forest; first, low under goalkeeper Dean Henderson, then smashing his second in the dying minutes.
After the match, Guardiola was full of praise for his two new players up front, calling Álvarez ‘special’.
“But, from day one, we saw Julián in the locker room and in training. We have an incredible opinion (of him). Our scout in South America – Joan Patsy – told me a year ago and a half – this guy is special, he scored a lot of goals in a team like River Plate who have incredible pressure to win.
“He was brought up by Gallardo and now we appreciate him. Erling is our first No.9, but in games where teams defend deep, having both guys smell amazing to score goals is so important. Julián deserves it all. Work ethic always pays off.
“Julián came from Argentina, but in the first game against Club America, I said that this guy would be good for us. We saw in training how he was doing. In the first half (today today), he struggled better, and you saw the goals.
“He’s so precise. Both him and Erling are incredible attackers. When the ball is in the box, they’re incredible finishers.”