Rio Ferdinand warns ‘ominous’ Manchester City are already turning the Premier League into a ‘one horse race’ in September… as he hails Erling Haaland for ‘taking everybody else’s game up a level’
- Rio Ferdinand has warned that Man City already look like league title certs
- Pep Guardiola’s team continued their unbeaten start to the season at Wolves
- Goals from Jack Grealish, Erling Haaland and Phil Foden secured victory
- And Ferdinand backed the Norwegian to score 35 league goals this season
Rio Ferdinand has said that Manchester City’s unstoppable form has threatened to turn the Premier League into a one horse race.
City were again victorious today, taking the lead against Wolves after Jack Grealish put the away side ahead after just 55 seconds to alleviate concerns over his recent performances.
Erling Haaland doubled City’s advantage after 16 minutes, becoming the first Premier League player to score in each of his first four appearances away from home.
Rio Ferdinand has said that Man City have turned the Premier League into a ‘one horse race’
A Nathan Collins red card only worsened Bruno Lage’s chances of staging a comeback at Molineux, and Phil Foden would put an end to the game by completing the rout on 69 minutes.
With 23 goals in their opening seven games, City have by far the best offensive record in the league, and only Antonio Conte’s Tottenham have conceded fewer this season.
The result also sees City return to the top of the Premier League, and Ferdinand explained that Pep Guardiola’s team already look on course to secure a third successive league title.
City took the lead against Wolves after just 55 seconds today through Jack Grealish
‘It’s ominous for everyone else. It’s looking like a one horse race. They’re only going to get stronger. Haaland has hit the ground like a racehorse. He’s taken everybody else’s game up a level.
‘Grealish answered the critics in a wonderful way with a good performance and a goal. Kyle Walker is coming back. All things are looking positive. There will be bumps in the road for every team but this is looking good.’
Haaland’s record-breaking start to the season has continued to earn him plaudits from all corners of the football world, and Ferdinand opined that the Norwegian striker could both break the Premier League goalscoring record, and put his name in contention for a Ballon d’Or if he can maintain his current form.
The club doubled their advantage as Erling Haaland netted his eleventh Premier League goal
‘He’s on the right track. I’m saying 35 (goals). He’s got the ability to break records because he’s in a team that absolutely dominates. He’s got the hunger and desire.
‘He’s in (contention for the Ballon d’Or). If he carries on this form, if City win the Champions League, there’s no question, there won’t be anybody who can get near him. He scored with his first touch today. He wasn’t involved in the game but he doesn’t care about that.’ He added.
Rachel Brown agreed with Ferdinand’s assessment of the City striker, and added that the addition of Haaland has filled in the ‘missing piece’ that the club had been lacking.
Phil Foden completed the rout as Pep Guardiola’s team returned to the top of the league table
‘I can’t really see how you stop Haaland. He’s got everything. He’s been that missing piece for Manchester City. They’ve not had a focal point, an out and out number nine. The defenders did nothing but hurt Erling Haaland.’
City will continue their charge towards Premier League glory when they take on Ferdinand’s beloved Manchester United on October 2.
Erik ten Hag’s team have looked entirely reformed since suffering a dismal start to the season, but a visit to the Etihad will no doubt prove to be the Dutchman’s toughest test to date as head coach of the Red Devils.