Pep Guardiola wants to see Erling Haaland more involved after three game drought

Pep Guardiola admits he wants to see goal-machine Erling Haaland more involved in matches.

Haaland has taken English football by storm since joining Manchester City from Borussia Dortmund last summer in a £52m deal. The Norwegian hitman has plundered 27 goals in 24 appearances in all competitions, including three hat-tricks.

But Haaland has not found the back of the net in his last three outings and looked nothing more than a passenger in City's crushing 2-1 derby defeat at Old Trafford on Saturday. Haaland failed to register a single shot on target and when asked if he wants to see Haaland be in the thick of the action more, Guardiola said: "Yes.

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At the moment we have that process, because when teams are sat in their 18 yard box it is more difficult – but we have to find him a little bit more, yes.

"He had enough touches, but it’s true that when you are looking at areas then you have to look at him. But we will do it. Everyone can get him more involved. When we have the ball everyone is allowed to attack."

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Guardiola had laid into his flops in the wake of their shock defeat at Southampton in the Carabao Cup last week. And despite seeing them lose again, he insisted the performance at Old Trafford was more like the City we have come to admire and appreciate.

The Spaniard added: "We were there all the time and I could recognise my team. That is all I can say. At Southampton…what is this? What was this team? But this was the opposite. I recognised my team from the one of many, many years."

City are back in action on Thursday night when they take on a Tottenham side wounded from north London derby defeat against Arsenal at the Etihad Stadium.


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