Manchester City striker Erling Haaland became the fastest player to score 20 Premier League goals after he bagged a brace in their 3-1 win over Leeds United in the English top-flight.
Manchester City took on Leeds United in an away fixture in their first Premier League game after the winter break, and the defending champions secured all three points from the fixture.
Rodri sent Manchester City ahead on the stroke of half-time, in the 45+1st minute, before Erling Haaland doubled their advantage in the 51st minute, scoring his 19th Premier League goal.
The Norwegian international then scored his second goal of the match in the 64th minute to establish a three-goal cushion for Manchester City. That was also his 20th Premier League goal. Pascal Struijk pulled one back for Leeds United in the 73rd minute, but it was not enough for them to earn any points from the fixture.
Erling Haaland becomes the fastest player to score 20 Premier League goals
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With his brace against Leeds United, Erling Haaland became the fastest player to score 20 goals in the Premier League.
The 22-year-old, who joined Manchester City in the summer of 2022, has taken just 14 games to reach 20 goals in the English top-flight.
Previously, the record for fastest player to score 20 Premier League was held by Kevin Philips, who reached the figure in just 21 games for Sunderland.
Speaking after Man City’s win over Leeds United, Pep Guardiola praised Erling Haaland, but stressed the Norwegian could have scored more goals in the match.
“We are delighted with how humble he is,” Pep Guardiola told Amazon Prime after Man City’s win over Leeds United. “He scored a lot of goals but he could have scored more. He help us a lot.
“He’s an exceptional guy with his work ethic and professionalism. It’s a great threat to our opponents, having him there.“
Meanwhile, the result sees Manchester City return to second place in the Premier League points table. The defending champions have 35 points from 15 matches in the English top-flight this season. They are five points short of table-toppers Arsenal, who have 40 points from 15 matches.
Newcastle United, who briefly occupied the second place before Man City reclaimed it with their win over Leeds United, sit third with 33 points from 16 matches.