Later News Jul 31

Hahahaaland! Liverpool, Man United fans mock Man City star after horror miss in Community Shield

The new season has yet to start, but Manchester City’s star striker Erling Haaland has already been deemed ripe for mockery and parody after firing blanks in his side’s 1-3 defeat to Liverpool in the Community Shield.


In particular, the 22-year-old was widely derided on social media for a horror miss deep into stoppage time, when he somehow managed to ‘Timo Lukaku’ the ball from three yards out.


And just like that, the player that Liverpool and Manchester United fans were most worried about this coming season became a laughing stock for both sets of supporters.


City manager Pep Guardiola, however, was none too fussed about Haaland’s miss, or the fact that he never really threatened the Liverpool goal in 90-odd minutes of football.


WATCH: Haaland's first Man City goal


The Spaniard said: “He (Haaland) had chances, two or three in the first half, and one in the end, and always is there. He is strong, another time he will put it in the net. It happened. It is football. He was there.


“He had another goal disallowed because the ball was over the line. He fought a lot and made the movements. It is good for him to see the reality of a new country and new league. He was there but today he didn't score and another day he will score. He has an incredible quality and he will do it.


“He has had just two weeks, two weeks and a half, and I am really comfortable with what we are seeing since we arrived this season. I am not absolutely concerned. The reality is we have two or three months ahead of us. He is going to help us.”


WATCH: Guardiola praises players despite Liverpool defeat


To make matters worse for Haaland, his opposite number, Darwin Nunez went on to score the Reds’ third goal, to firmly put his days as a United fan’s favourite meme behind him.


And Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp believes that his new frontman will only get better as the season goes on.


WATCH: Klopp on Nunez's impact against Man City


Said Klopp: “In the first few games (of pre-season) we were not even close to the fitness level of today and then when [Nunez] came on, we passed each ball for him to chase it and after the third ball he was completely killed and then everybody judged his first touches and these kind of things. It's just a joke but we have to live with that, he will deal with it brilliantly. We are patient and we know he can do good stuff.


“We all know they are a special species, strikers. The other thing everybody needs (are) little positives. That means goals, or goal involvements.


“I think Darwin would have been fine even without scoring the third one because the penalty was Millie's cross and his header. The chance he had before he did really well, but Ederson reacted brilliantly. The goal was obviously the icing on the cake, so really pleased for him.


“You could see in his face, you could see in the face of all his team-mates how happy the boys are for him and that's a really good sign after that short period of time that he is with us.”


WATCH: Van Dijk says Nunez shouldn't focus on what others say


Liverpool will kick-off the new season against newly-promoted Fulham next Saturday, while reigning English Premier League (EPL) champions City will begin their title defence against West Ham on Sunday.




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