Manchester City striker Erling Haaland disclosed that he drew inspiration from the chants of “Keano” coming from Manchester United supporters during their 3-0 triumph at Old Trafford. These chants were believed to be referencing the contentious history between Haaland’s father, Alf-Inge Haaland, and former United captain Roy Keane. In the 2001 Manchester derby, Keane was sent off for a reckless tackle on Haaland senior.
When asked about his exuberant celebration after scoring the opening goal from the penalty spot, Erling Haaland told BBC Sport, “There were numerous people chanting ‘Keano,’ and although I wasn’t sure why, I used it as fuel for motivation and responded with a lively celebration.”
Haaland, who further extended City’s lead with a header early in the second half and then assisted Phil Foden for the third goal, mentioned that his father had an unforgettable weekend. Not only did Haaland witness his son’s outstanding performance, but he also witnessed his former club Leeds deliver a resounding 4-1 victory against Huddersfield at Elland Road on Saturday.
“My father was present in the away section,” Haaland added. “He attended the Leeds game yesterday and joined the away fans today, so it has been an incredible two days for him.”