Pep Guardiola has admitted Manchester City must find a way to get Erling Haaland more involved in their play.
The Norway striker was a out of form in Saturday 2-1 premier league defeat to Manchester United , having only a couple of half-chances and just 19 touches in the match.
Haaland has now gone three games without a goal – hardly a crisis, particularly as he was only a second-half substitute at Southampton, but a dip by the standards of a player who had 27 in his first 21 outings.
But more noticeable has been the impact Haaland has had on City’s system after they became so accustomed to – and so successful at – operating with a false nine in the past two seasons.
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Guardiola is unlikely to agree with that but he is still working to fully integrate his £51m summer signing.
“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,” Guardiola said.