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Haaland sets new Premier League record against Leeds United

Manchester City forward Erling Haaland scored twice against Leeds United to become the fastest-ever player to reach 20 Premier League goals.

The Pep Giardiola’s charges retained their second spot in the Premier League standings and narrowed the gap on leaders Arsenal to five points a deserved 3-1 win at Elland Road on Wednesday night.

Since arriving from Borussia Dortmund in August, it has taken Haaland 14 games to reach the 20 Premier League goals mark ,seven games faster than previous record-holder Kevin Phillips, who needed 21.

After reaching the landmark, the Norwegian told Amazon Prime: “I should have scored five!”

“I said to my team-mates I could have scored five and that’s the truth. That we win is the most important thing. Arsenal are at the top and we have to hunt them.

“I was at home on my sofa a bit mad that I wasn’t playing at the World Cup. I was a commentator in my own home about the World Cup but nobody was listening to me.

“I recharged my batteries and watching other people scoring and winning games at the World Cup motivated and irritated me. I’m hungrier than ever.”

Man City boss Pep Guardiola told Amazon Prime: “It’s job done. The second half was even more difficult than the first! We were exceptional in the first half but we wasted opportunities… but we didn’t concede a single chance against a side who has caused problems for Liverpool and Chelsea.

“It’s a big compliment for the guys after the World Cup. The two performances since coming back, against Liverpool [in the Carabao Cup] and today have been great.”

On Erling Haaland, Guardiola joked: “I’m so upset with the chances he missed! Catching Alan Shearer’s record is impossible! We’re delighted for how humble he is. Given the reputation he has and how tall he is, but his character is completely the opposite. He’s an exceptional guy with a very high work ethic. It’s a great threat for the opponent having him there.”