Nathan Collins sent off as Manchester City climb to top with Wolverhampton win

ERLING HAALAND helped propel Manchester City to the top of the Premier League as the striker continued his brilliance at Wolverhampton.

The Norway international looted the 14th goal in 10 matches in a grueling 3-0 win over Molyneux.

Jack Grealish also sent a message to his critics, scoring the dominant City’s first goal in the first minute, with Phil Foden adding the third.

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City advanced above Arsenal, ahead of Arsenal’s Sunday trip to Brentford, in a medical fashion but were helped by Ireland’s reckless Nathan Collins challenge on Grealish, which led to the defender being sent off before the break.

Wolves, with just one win this season, didn’t fall apart – especially after playing for an hour with 10 men – but they overtook it and fell back after just 53 seconds.

Foden released Kevin De Bruyne on the right, and while Haaland missed the low ball, Grealish outscored Johnny to score his first goal of the season from five yards.

Coach Pep Guardiola defended the midfielder before the match and it was the fourth goal that a £100m man scored for City, amid growing criticism of his production.

Wolves responded and Ederson saved from Goncalo Guedes but City were always in control even during the tumultuous moments of the frantic opening.

This was confirmed when Haaland doubled their lead after 16 minutes.

Wolves were left wide open when the striker got a pass from Bernardo Silva and led in defense from 30 yards.

There was hesitation around the Wolves, and as Max Kellmann slipped, Haaland’s swaying shot found the bottom corner from 20 yards. It was his 100th goal in 99 matches in all competitions since 2020.

The hosts came back from 2-0 down, albeit against 10 men, to beat City 3-2 in 2019 but there was no way back this time.

Pedro Neto led the city’s wide but hardworking team full of goal, De Bruyne was at his best in combat and Grealish caused constant problems for the Wolves.

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It was that threat that caused Collins to lose his head to see red 12 minutes before the break.

The defender went for a rebound competition on the left with Grealish but only succeeded in a dangerous challenge in the middle of the Englishman.

Collins defended his innocence but was wild and left wolves in greater danger.

To their credit, Bruno Lage’s side – unable to call up new player Diego Costa as he builds up his physique – refused to go quietly and at least started the second half in an optimistic fashion.

Citi also took his foot off the pedal, allowing Wolves to find some momentum, and Guedes missed his kick from 12 yards an hour later.

The visitors seemed happy with their progress, but after José Sa saved from Haaland, they moved quickly to score the third goal with 21 minutes remaining.

Once again, Haaland was at the center of things as he waited for De Bruyne to advance on the right and found midfielder Foden to move across Sa from six yards to settle the match.