By Noel Whelan

17th Sep, 2022 | 6:00pm

Erling Haaland has forced Man City U-turn after what pundit has seen

Noel Whelan has claimed Pep Guardiola will have to row back on his policy of rotation for Man City star Erling Haaland.

The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested the 22-year-old is currently making the difference as the “match-winner” for the Citizens – who haven’t quite hit their dominant best so far this term.

As quoted by the London Evening Standard (22 August), Guardiola has previously insisted he will rest Haaland when Man City are playing “every three days”.

However, the former Borussia Dortmund star has started all nine of the Citizens’ games so far this term – with Julian Alvarez consigned to the bench for all but one of those fixtures.

The Norway international will not take part at this year’s World Cup.

Whelan suggested that fact will be “on Pep’s mind” as he looks to protect his new hitman – who suffered a string of injury problems at Dortmund last term.

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He told Football Insider’s Ewan Kingsbury: “He’s definitely undroppable because of how many matches he’s already won City.

“He’s a freak of nature and a complete forward.

“Maybe in certain cup competitions he’ll rest the first team – especially when it comes to the League Cup.

“The World Cup break is another big opportunity for him to have a rest, so that’ll be on Pep’s mind.

“When you’re talking about big games and match winners, he has to be first on the team sheet right now.”

Haaland managed just 24 league games last term after suffering a number of muscular problems.

He has played the full 90 minutes on three occasions this season.

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