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“I really can’t explain it” – Pundits stunned by Erling Haaland miss

Pundits were stunned by Erling Haaland’s miss of the season contender in the Manchester derby.

The Norwegian striker inexplicably missed from only a couple of yards out on the stroke of half-time, leaving Pep Guardiola bemused on the touchline.

“What has he just done” – Gary Neville and Roy Keane stunned by Haaland miss

Gary Neville, who was on commentary for Sky Sports, was left shocked as Haaland missed an open goal.

Neville said: “What has he just done?”

He also said: “Did he try to put it into the top of the net? Did he try to be too clever?”

Roy Keane was equally shocked by the miss while was covering the match in the Sky Sports studio.

Keane said: “I just can’t explain it.”

“Worst miss I've ever seen at this level” – Gary Lineker not  impressed

The former England and Barcelona striker, Gary Linker expressed his thoughts on X (formerly Twitter) about Haaland’s missed chance.

Lineker said: “That might be the worst miss I’ve ever seen at this level. Erling Haaland has to head it. Incredible.”

0.93 (xG) chance missed by Premier League top scorer

@xGPhilosophy on X noted that Haaland’s miss was a 0.93 xG chance. Thankfully for Haaland, the chance didn’t come back to haunt his side as they scored three second-half goals, including a 91st minute winner by the Norwegian himself to move one point off Liverpool at the top of the league.


Will Murray

Freelance football journalist. Experience writing for When Saturday, Comes, Goalkeeper.com, Elite Scholars and Total Football Analysis. Recently finished an MA in Sport Journalism at the University of Brighton. Long-time season ticket holder at the two-time European Champions Nottingham Forest.

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