Jack Grealish hits back at critics of Wolves’ victory over Man City as “disgusting”.


Jack Grealish’s goal was his seventh since joining Manchester City last summer

Jack Grealish couldn’t have asked for a better response to his growing body of critics.

After two spells at Manchester City and his place in the England squad being questioned, Grealish responded with his first goal of the season after just 55 seconds against Wolves on Saturday.

The striker was also at the center of most of the visitors’ attacking play as he helped Pep Guardiola’s men. 3-0 victory.

The result sees City go into the international break at the top of the table after scoring 23 goals in seven Premier League games, while a striker in Erling Haaland is red-hot with 14 goals in nine games in all competitions.

The campaign is not yet a fifth over, but questions are already being asked about how anyone can stop City becoming the fifth English club – behind Huddersfield, Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United – to win three consecutive league titles.

“It’s terrifying for everyone, and it almost feels like a one-horse race with what the table is telling you,” former England defender Rio Ferdinand told BT Sport.

“People are starting to question Jack Grealish, he responded to the criticism in a fantastic way today.”

Pep’s confidence in Grealish

Guardiola knows Grealish’s British record £100m move from Aston Villa brings extra pressure, but he has unconditional confidence to deliver.

Not much attention was paid to Grealish’s slightly disappointing contribution to City’s title-winning campaign last season, but there is more focus this time around.

Guardiola spoke to the 26-year-old ahead of the Wolves game, saying he was “happy with his behavior and everything” despite City’s Champions League return against Borussia Dortmund He arrived after Grealish left the field in midweek.

The manager kept faith with Grealish and if it’s considered a positive when opposition fans start turning on you, the striker should be quite pleased with his performance against Molineux.

The combination of his Villa connection, scoring inside a minute and being on the receiving end of Nathan Collins’ red card challenge had Grealish highlighted by the Wolves faithful.

The South Bank responded with a standing ovation when Cole Palmer was substituted after 13 minutes, before Guardiola thanked him for his support.

“It’s nice when Pep defends me,” he said. “I probably have to thank him because he gave me a chance today after Wednesday’s performance, which probably wasn’t the best.”

Guardiola, on the other hand, just wants Grealish to be the player who convinced Villa to pay big money last year.

“They don’t have to thank you,” he said. “I trust everyone, I trust unconditionally.

“Everyone has good times and bad times. It’s important that he thinks: ‘I’m Jack Grealish, I play the way I am’. That’s all I want for him.”

Haaland’s goalscoring streak continues

Erling Haaland scores for Manchester City against Wolves in the Premier League
Erling Haaland has scored 100 goals in 99 games since leaving Red Bull Salzburg for Borussia Dortmund.

Haaland has never scored in eight consecutive games. A goal against Manchester United would see the 22-year-old reach that milestone next.

It almost got to the point where it would be a surprise if Haaland didn’t find the net, so his finish was a miss.

His last-ditch effort was a rarity, hitting from outside the box, and it’s clear that Guardiola would have been pleased with the Norwegian’s contribution to City’s third as he had the awareness to chip the ball past Kevin de Bruyne. Phil Foden crossed to convert.

Haaland now has 11 goals in seven league games. Mo Salah scored 34 in a season breaking Premier League record of 38 games, at the same point he scored four.

Only Fulham’s Aleksander Mitrovic has reached Haaland’s half this season.

Although Haaland will be out this year at the World Cup, which begins after the 2022 Ballon d’Or award, ex-Manchester United defender Ferdinand could see one winner next year if the Norwegian’s form finally earns City Champions League glory. June.

“He has the ability to break records because he is playing in an absolutely dominant team,” said Ferdinand.

“If Man City win the Champions League, there’s no doubt they’ll win the Ballon d’Or. They’re head and shoulders above anyone else.”

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