Jack Grealish scored his first goal this season and Erling Haaland extended his record-breaking hot-streak as Manchester City clinched a 3-0 win over 10-man Wolves on Saturday. Pep Guardiola’s side needed only 56 seconds to take the lead in Molineux as Grealish enjoyed a day to remember after a hard time joining City from Aston Villa last year. Haaland doubled City’s advantage with his 14th goal in 10 games in all competitions after a £51m ($58m) move from Borussia Dortmund, which already appears to be a deal.
Wolves missed any fighting chance when Nathan Collins was sent off for an ugly belly-high foul on Grealish in the first half.
Phil Foden halted City’s move at Midlands Sunshine as the Premier League champions rise to the top of the table.
Unbeaten City are two points away from second-placed Arsenal, who will regain pole position if they win at Brentford on Sunday.
“The game started really well for us with two goals and a red card. With the Champions League coming here at 12:30, it was an incredible victory,” said Guardiola.
Guardiola said this week that the “extraordinary” Haaland was the “perfect” person to manage as his personality ensured he was always hungry to improve.
Even Guardiola might walk out of exaggeration to describe the 22-year-old Norwegian if he continues to race this astonishing.
Haaland was named Premier League Player of the Month for August after a stellar start to the season and is already making his case for the September award.
He has netted in seven consecutive appearances for City and is the first player to score in his first four matches outside the Premier League.
Showing their hunger to win the title for the fifth time in six seasons, City remain unbeaten on a club record 22 league appearances since losing to Tottenham in their opening game last season.
After a touching tribute to the late Queen Elizabeth II, City silenced Molyneux in the first minute with a beautifully crafted opener.
Foden’s audacious backheel sent Kevin de Bruyne down the right bank and the Belgian low cross was perfectly placed for Grealish, who timed his run from close-range to home.
It was a much-needed contribution from Grealish, who was starting his second league in this period after struggling to reach peak form since his British record £100 million transfer.
Guardiola may also feel right after defending the England forward following his anonymous performance against Dortmund on Wednesday, blaming an ankle injury for his problems and asking him to ignore doubters.
“Jack played really well. He was strong and he scored a good goal,” Guardiola said.
Grealish said: “I’m always going to get people talking about me about who I bought.
“I thank the manager for sticking with me after not playing well mid-week.”
Haaland doubled City’s lead in the 16th minute with his first goal from outside the field for his new club.
His brilliant late winner against Dortmund prompted Guardiola to compare Haaland’s improvisation to Dutch legend Johan Cruyff.
It was a more professional strike, but it was no less effective.
With Wolves defender Max Kilman retreating fatally outside his penalty area, Haaland was allowed to advance uncontrollably before finishing an unmatched in the bottom corner.
It was Haaland’s 100th goal in his last 99 games in all competitions since leaving RB Salzburg for Dortmund in 2020.
Collins’ reckless foul on Grealish, the Wolves defender leaping into the air, kicked him into the midriff, drawing an inevitable red card that effectively ended the contest in the 33rd minute.
Foden added City’s third goal in the 69th minute, reaching in the six-yard box, to flick the Belgian into De Bruyne’s cross after Haaland’s flick.
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