Manchester City: Pep Guardiola compares free-scoring Erling Haaland to Lionel Messi

Close-up shot of Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola during Manchester City 6-3 Manchester United in the Premier League on 2 October, 2022 at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, United Kingdom
(Image credit: Tom Flathers/Manchester City FC via Getty Images)

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has compared Erling Haaland and Lionel Messi, discussing a key difference between arguably the two finest forwards he's ever coached.

As City beat Manchester United 6-3 in Sunday's derby at the Etihad Stadium, Haaland became the first player to score a hat-trick in three successive home Premier League games (Phil Foden also got a hat-trick on an historic afternoon for City).

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Tom Hancock

Tom Hancock started freelancing for FourFourTwo in April 2019 and has also written for the Premier League and Opta Analyst, among others. He supports Wycombe Wanderers and has a soft spot for Wealdstone. A self-confessed statto, he has been known to watch football with a spreadsheet (or several) open...