Erling Haaland aims early dig at Manchester United during his Manchester City unveiling

Haaland has been handed the no9 shirt (Picture: Getty)

Erling Haaland has instantly endeared himself to Manchester City fans with an early dig aimed at rivals Manchester United.

Haaland, 21, was officially unveiled by the Premier League champions on Sunday after beating clubs across Europe in the race to sign the prolific striker.

The Norway international was introduced to City fans outside the Etihad Stadium wearing his new no9 jersey, with his father Alfie playing a key role in his decision to move to the blue half of Manchester.

Alf-Inge Haaland spent three years with City, taking part in some wild derbies against United.

Asked about the fixture he was relishing the most, he delighted the crowd by saying: ‘I don’t like to say the words….Manchester United.’

Haaland was presented to fans on Sunday (Picture: Getty)

Haaland was wanted by both Real Madrid and Barcelona while United themselves were also desperate to signing him, having missing out on him prior to his move to Borussia Dortmund in 2019.

But the striker says a move to City to play under Pep Guardiola was his dream scenario.

‘I’ve watched City ever since Pep Guardiola took over in 2016 so I know exactly how they play.

‘I played against them in Champions League last year.

‘You see something on TV and then when you meet it is completely different.

‘I didn’t touch the ball for 25 minutes and it is like ‘Gundogan please stop playing tiki-taka’.

‘It is a different level how they play and that is what I want to be a part of. I just had that feeling I wanted to play for City.’

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