ERLING HAALAND’S critics have been blasted by Andy Cole.
And the Manchester United legend is backing the Man City star to break his goal record this season.
Haaland has taken the Premier League by storm following his £52million summer move from Borussia Dortmund.
The striker has netted an incredible 34 goals this term, with 28 coming in the league.
But some pundits like Jamie Carragher believe Haaland is proving to be an awkward fit at the Etihad, with Pep Guardiola’s side trailing Arsenal in the league despite the Norwegian’s exploits.
The Liverpool icon has even suggested Haaland joined the wrong club.
However, Cole believes criticism of Haaland is nonsense considering his tally.
Haaland is a dead cert to scoop this season’s Golden Boot award, regardless of whether City win the title or not.
And Cole also reckons Haaland is a shoo-in break his record of 34 goals in a single season, set with Blackburn Rovers in the 1993/94 campaign.
Cole said: “People say he shouldn’t have signed for Man City because he doesn’t fit in.
“But if I’ve got 27 goals by February, and everyone’s telling me that I’ve made the wrong move… what’s the right move, then?
“You’ve got 27 goals by the end of February, and you’ve got the chance to get to 40 goals. I’m not sure what everyone expects for him.
“I don’t think there’s anything to actually think about.
“Because when people say he’s made the wrong move or he’s gone to the wrong club, what is he supposed to do?
“He’s gone to clubs, scored goals, is far beyond anyone else in the Premier League for scoring goals.
“He’s made the wrong move? He doesn’t fit? How does he not fit? If he’s got 27 goals so far, by the end of February, but he doesn’t fit and doesn’t get involved in the play, we don’t need to have that conversation.
“We don’t need to have that conversation and to talk about getting involved and doing other things. It’s as simple as that. Now, it’s a crazy [conversation].