The career of the father, also a former of the City, was cut short in a derby against United by a savage of Roy Keane who wanted to settle the scores after an old disagreement
Scored in seven out of eight games, 14 goals in this Premier League startalready a brace and three triplets this year. And also three goals in the first two Champions League games. These are the – frightening – numbers of Erling Haaland, in his first season with Manchester City after two seasons in which he showed the world his talent with the Borussia Dortmund shirt. The last hat-trick, this afternoon, in the avalanche with which City has overwhelmed the United cousins (6-3 the final result at the Etihad Stadium), in its first Manchester derby. A challenge particularly felt by the same Haaland who has never made a secret of being a great fan of the Citizens and, above all, to look forward to facing and beating United.
But there is one more reason why Haaland feels the challenge between the two Manchester teams with even more enthusiasm. And, in some ways, also a sense of revenge. Yes, why his father Alfie Inge, also a footballer and protagonist between 2000 and 2003 with the Citizens shirt, was the victim of a Roy Keane savagefor over a decade a symbol of the Red Devils, who crushed his career and who in turn took revenge in a decidedly unorthodox way for a disagreement with Haaland senior that dates back to a few years earlier. It all started in 1997, when Haaland played with Leeds and Keane with Manchester. After a game tackle, Keane begins rolling on the ground. The Norwegian accuses him of pretending to waste time and goes to jerk him: in reality Keane is really hurt and will not return to the field for the whole season.
Four years later, in 2001, Keane enters very hard on Haaland, is expelled and, before leaving the field, he goes to say four to the opponent who, in the meantime, had moved to City. Years later, in his autobiography, the Irish confession: I had waited long enough. I hit him damn hard. The ball was there (I think). Take this str … And never try to grin in my face again that I’m faking an injury. That will have been one of Haaland’s last games as a player. A circumstance that, later on, led Keane to adjust the shot in an interview: It hurt me that I almost bragged about deliberately hurting a player, hoping to sell a few more books. But I wanted to hit him, he pissed me off. I wanted to hurt him, I don’t regret it. But I didn’t want to injure him like that. It was action, it was football, and dog eat dog. I’ve faced it before, why would I have to wait years? For years I thought it will hit him, hit him? No. Was it on my mind? Of course. How I thought I’d hit Shearer, Vieira, Batty, Lee. I have kicked many players and I know the difference between injuring someone and injuring someone.
For Haaland junior, revenge has a decidedly different tenor. Sporty, as it should be. I was born in England – he told in an interview – and I have been a City fan all my life. One more motivation to give to Guardiola’s club, which after years without a real striker has invested a wagon of millions on the Norwegian class 2000, that success that more than any other is missing from the club of the Prince of the Arab Emirates Mansur.
October 2, 2022 (change October 2, 2022 | 19:53)
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