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Manchester City - Football: Erling Haaland hitting all the right notes

Erling Haaland's derby hat-trick against Manchester United on Sunday saw the unstoppable Manchester City striker set another record.

It has been a whirlwind start to life in England for arguably the hottest frontman on planet earth, with records tumbling and many more fast entering his sights.

Haaland's goalscoring exploits were no secret when City won the race for his signature in May, having activated his release clause at Borussia Dortmund, but few could have predicted just how quickly he would settle in the Premier League.

The Norway international took his top-flight tally to 14 on Sunday when he bagged three times in a 6-3 win over United at the Etihad.

He's got 17 to his name in 11 games across all competitions and seems to be the perfect fit for City as they look to add further trophies to their cabinet.

Records already starting to pile up

With 14 Premier League goals, seven more than Tottenham's Harry Kane who sits second in the scoring charts, Haaland has already broken the record for the most scored in his first eight outings in the competition.

Micky Quinn, Papiss Cisse and Diego Costa jointly held that record, each registering 11 times in their first 10 Premier League games, but Haaland is already well clear with two appearances to spare.

He'd also previously smashed the record for goals scored in the first seven games, notching 11, while nine goals in his first five outings also saw him beat the previous best tally.

The 22-year-old gave United a world of trouble on Sunday as he sealed his third hat-trick of the term, and he's subsequently become the first player to net a treble in three consecutive home games in the Premier League.

He also destroyed the previous record for scoring three Premier League hat-tricks, with Michael Owen having previously held the record of 48 games - Haaland took a mere eight!

He's the first player to hit the back of the net in his first four away games in the Premier League and is showing no signs of slowing.

Despite his exploits in the top-flight, City still haven't been able to climb to the summit with Arsenal currently sitting one-point clear of Pep Guardiola's side.

City, priced at 1/4 to successfully defend the title, are the only club yet to taste defeat, but six wins and two draws has them chasing Mikel Arteta's in-form Gunners, who are 8/1 to win the league.

Domestic dominance looks a real possibility for the Citizens this term and they are 10/3 to win the FA Cup and 3/1 to lift the Carabao Cup.

European glory could finally come City's way

Haaland's form hasn't just been saved for domestic action either, with Champions League rivals also struggling to contain him.

The frontman struck twice on his debut in the competition for City in a 4-0 over Sevilla, becoming the first player to score multiple times on his maiden appearance in the Champions League for three multiple clubs - he also scored a hat-trick on debut for Salzburg and a brace in his first outing for Borussia Dortmund.

After opening his account against Sevilla, Haaland took his overall tally in the competition to 25 in 20 appearances, beating the record of Ruud van Nistelrooy and Roberto Soldado, who both scored 16 in their first 20 games.

He's also the youngest player to score 25 goals in Europe's elite competition, taking that title away from PSG ace Kylian Mbappe.

The Champions League has been a long-term goal for City and one that has proven to be extremely elusive.

That, however, could change this season with Haaland giving City, who are 2/1 to win the Champions League, some extra potency in the final third.

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What other records are in Haaland's sights?

If Haaland avoids serious injury this season, something he's managed to do through his career to this point, then everything points to him setting several new Premier League and English top-flight records.

The record for goals scored in a single Premier League season is 34 - held jointly by Andy Cole and Alan Shearer - but they reached that tally when there were 42 league games.

With 14 to his name in eight appearances, Haaland needs just a further 21 in the next 30 to take ownership of the record.

Mohamed Salah has the record for goals scored across a 38-game season, hitting 32 during the 2017/18 campaign.

Going further back, Dixie Dean holds the record for goals in a single English top-flight season, registering 60 times for Everton in 39 First Division games in 1927/28.

If Haaland continues scoring at his current rate and features in every match this season then he's projected to end the term on 66.

Shearer fired home a record five hat-tricks in 1995/96 and Haaland, who already has three, looks well on track to steal that one from the Newcastle legend.

Finally, Jamie Vardy holds the record for scoring in consecutive Premier League games, hitting the back of the net 11 matches in a row en route to helping Leicester City win the title. Haaland has currently scored in six successive outings.

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