I saw Erling Haaland's unhappy exhange with Pep Guardiola - it showed why Man City will win double

Erling Haaland was not happy with Pep Guardiola's decision to take him off before full-time
Erling Haaland was not happy with Pep Guardiola's decision to take him off before full-time -Credit:Chris Brunskill/Fantasista/Getty Images)

Manchester City and Erling Haaland sent another message to Arsenal in this season’s Premier League title race with a thumping 5-1 win over Wolves.

Haaland hit four goals, which included a first-half hat-trick containing two penalties, with substitute Julian Alvarez putting the icing on the cake five minutes from time. Hwang Hee-chan had made it 3-1 eight minutes after half-time before Haaland struck his fourth less than a minute later.

The victory takes City within a point of Arsenal, who beat Bournemouth 3-0 earlier in the day, having played a game fewer. Haaland was the main talking point of the game and he kicks off our list of four moments fans may have missed during the match.

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Haaland irked

Despite scoring four goals in a game for the second time this season, Haaland was spitting feathers as he came off. The striker was visibly unhappy and chuntered to himself as he made his way towards the bench. Haaland did share a big hand slap with Pep Guardiola as he exited the pitch but didn’t look like he was willing to stick around for his manager’s post-match pep talk.

He was then seen slamming his shin pads and tape on the floor once sat down, fuming that he had not been given more fouls during the match, his manager revealed. His reaction indicates a will to exert every facet of his game, despite his four-goal haul that would been enough for other strikers to forget about any injustice.

That greed mentality and hunger for more is a reflection of the team's ethos at this stage of the season, which will surely carry Man City over the line in the title race and FA Cup final. Haaland's annoyance will only spur him on to build on his 36 goals this term, with each further strike counting for more importance as he chases the double.

Raving about Rodri

When Haaland nodded home his second of the game, two players turned to recognise the efforts of the assist-provider before the goal scorer. Rodri had played a sublime ball planted onto the head of Haaland in an inch-perfect pass.

Haaland heads in Manchester City's second goal
Haaland heads in Manchester City's second goal -Credit:Photo by James Gill - Danehouse/Getty Images

When the ball rippled the net, Bernardo Silva turned to celebrate with Rodri while Phil Foden also pointed towards the midfielder in a nod of recognition. Rodri now has 13 assists for the season and another in City’s final three games - including the FA Cup final - will denote double the amount he managed last term.

Sa and Ha-Ha-Haaland

Shortly after his fourth, Haaland came mightily close to a fifth and was only denied it due to a tip-over from Wolves goalkeeper Jose Sa. Ahead of the resulting corner, the shot-stopper was spotted speaking with Haaland and sharing a joke.

It would be no surprise if the subject was his goal haul. His first-half hat-trick was his third treble of the season. Now, only seven players have netted more hat-tricks in Premier League history than the Norwegian.

Haaland and Jose Sa shared a joke
Haaland and Jose Sa shared a joke -Credit:Michael Regan/Getty Images

Guardiola advises Ake

Guardiola was seen speaking to Nathan Ake about his positional play several times during the match. These exchanges were not of an intense nature but jovial and more as a friendly suggestion.

The Dutch defender was the first one to be substituted, incidentally, as John Stones took his place on the field. Ake has started the last three Premier League matches.