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Why Erling Haaland did not take Manchester City penalty vs Aston Villa

Manchester City faced off with Aston Villa on Sunday.

City dominated the tie from the get-go and went in at half-time with a 3-0 lead.

Rodri fired the Sky Blues into the lead after just four minutes, heading in a Riyad Mahrez corner.

Erling Haaland then set up Ilkay Gundogan after 39 minutes before Mahrez scored from the spot in first-half injury time.

But why didn’t Erling Haaland take the penalty?

Before the penalty, Rodri took the ball off Mahrez and had an animated discussion with Gundogan about who would take it. Haaland was also on the scene but the Algerian was ultimately entrusted with the opportunity and he didn’t let his teammates down.

Despite this, speaking after the game, Guardiola didn’t sound entirely pleased about the situation as he confirmed that Haaland is still City’s go-to man from the penalty spot:

“Tomorrow we will speak with them. I like when people want to take penalties but always there is one that is the main one and that is Erling.”

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Josh Barker

Middlesbrough fan from the North East of England. @JoshBarker979 on Twitter.

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