Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola says Erling Haaland is helping to bring the best out of Kevin de Bruyne after seeing the pair help his side sweep Southampton aside.
Haaland scored his 20th goal for City against Saints, while De Bruyne’s pass to set up Phil Foden means his stats are just as stellar, with nine assists in his first nine league games.
City attacked relentlessly from the start and Haaland was within inches of giving them an early lead when – to the surprise of virtually the entire stadium – he hit the inside of the post after galloping clear.
Instead it was Joao Cancelo who put the home side ahead, running on to Phil Foden’s pass. Foden got on the scoresheet himself soon afterwards with a dinked finish after De Bruyne found him in space in the box.
City wrapped up the points at the start of the second half when Riyad Mahrez volleyed home a Rodri cross.
As the chances kept coming however, you just knew Haaland would take one – and so he did, meeting Cancelo’s cutback with a typically precise low finish to make it 4-0 after 65 minutes.