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Man City player ratings vs Burnley: New season, same old Erling Haaland but Kevin De Bruyne injury taints opening-day victory



The Norwegian was in monstrous form in his first match of the new season. Perhaps he could even beat last season’s ridiculous tally…

Premier League football is back and so is Erling Haaland. And with a bang. The unstoppable striker made a flying start to the new campaign by scoring twice in Manchester City’s 3-0 win at Burnley, demonstrating his hunger for goals has not been sated despite breaking all manner of records last season.

He put the champions in front in only the fourth minute and smashed in a stunning second goal before half-time, nearly breaking the crossbar in the process. Rodri, who was City’s best player alongside Haaland, put an extra shine on the win by thumping in the third goal from close range.

Burnley, who had played well and missed two clear chances to equalise in the first half, had Anass Zaroury sent off in added time for a lunge on Kyle Walker.