Player ratings as Haaland brace downs Hammers

Manchester City’s Premier League title defence began with a 2-0 win at West Ham United on Sunday.

Erling Haaland silenced his early critics to score a brace on his league debut for City, who enjoyed the lion’s share of possession and were made to work through a dogged West Ham team.

The hosts made a fast start with Aaron Cresswell crossing for Michail Antonio, but his near-post flick deflected behind for a corner and he headed over from a cross following the resulting set piece.

Kevin De Bruyne dragged a shot from 18 yards wide as the visitors struggled to break down their stubborn hosts,…


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