Haaland has his moment but may need more to win over Guardiola | Jamie Jackson

Dortmund forward made a telling intervention but, even if Man City did want to sign him, is he Pep Guardiola’s kind of player?

Erling Haaland’s big moment arrived on 84 minutes: Europe’s hottest young talent dropped into a pocket of space and steered a cute round-the-corner pass into Marco Reus. It splayed Manchester City’s defence and Borussia Dortmund’s captain beat Ederson for a precious away goal.

Haaland had shown the kind of cute play Pep Guardiola schools his team in. Yet this was a rare chance for the 20-year-old to shine as City squeezed his supply-line for most of the contest. Instead they were a blue blur of creativity throughout and, after Phil Foden struck a late winner, Haaland may have wandered off at the final whistle pondering whether performing for Guardiola could be a next clever move in a career thus far carefully plotted.

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