Given the football media furore around Erling Haaland in recent weeks, made even greater by his two-goal Premier League debut earlier today, the infamous history his father, Alfie, shares with Roy Keane, was bound to come up in Sky Sports' coverage eventually.
The history is of course the horror challenge from Roy Keane on Alfie during a Manchester derby in 2001. The tackle was a rather unnecessary act of revenge for the actions of Haaland four years earlier, when he had told Keane to get up after the Irishman had ruptured his cruciate ligament.
Thankfully, the incident was brought up in a light-hearted fashion in the Sky Sports' studio, at London Stadium where Man City were playing, as the panel joked that Alfie was waiting behind for Roy Keane.
Karen Carney: We've checked his history and his Mum's an athlete as well and we know what his Dad's done. He's going to be an absolute specimen.
David Jones: What's his Dad done?
Michah Richards: He was waiting for Roy over there.
Roy Keane: I he's still waiting for me over there.
Michah Richards: I've never seen Roy so nervous to be honest.
David Jones: He's giving Roy a lift home.
— Football Daily (@footballdaily) August 7, 2022
Following the match, Pep Guardiola spoke of his frustration at the constant flip-flopping of opinions around his star striker after each performance, and urged people to give him time.
"Of course he has talent, but one week ago when he missed the chance that we had, he was a failure. And the people say, 'he's not going to adapt in the Premier League,' and everybody laughed at him. And now he's going to be Thierry Henry or Cristiano Ronaldo. It will take time, it's his first Premier League game, he's 21/22 years old, he has a long career, and when he is going to retire and he is hopefully going stay many years in Man City."