A video of Erling Haaland hilariously impersonating a Yorkshire accent has been going viral on social media, and people are absolutely losing it.
The Norwegian star striker – who is currently setting the Premier League and footballing world alight, and is breaking records left right and centre – sat down alongside his Manchester City teammates Ilkay Gundogan and John Stones to talk about their favourite holidays, tourist destinations, and travel tips in a video for sponsors Etihad Airways.
During the five-minute video posted to City’s YouTube channel, and shared across the team’s other social channels, the trio are asked which tourist sites are the most memorable and impressive they’ve seen from all the countries they’ve ever been to.
Gundogan and Haaland were in agreement that the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi would be their pick, but Stones opted for a popular European piece of culture instead.
The centre back chose the Louvre Museum in Paris as his most memorable site.
Although us Brits aren’t known for being the best at speaking other languages, the Barnsley-born defender had a good go at pronouncing the name of the French museum – but his teammates were quick to laugh and point out that it wasn’t quite right.
“The Louvre, is that how you say it?” Stones asks the crew behind the camera.
With the pair chuckling at Stones’ answer, Gundogan then corrected the defender with the right pronunciation of the word.
But it was Haaland who stole the show with his hilarious impression of Stones’ Yorkshire accent.
With the short clip from the video having now been shared countless times on social media over the last few days, racking up millions of views and thousands of interactions and comments, people have been absolutely losing their minds over how accurate the impression is.
Lots of people claim they just “can’t stop watching it”.
“Why is Haaland’s northern accent so good? I’m too stunned to even laugh, this guy is a certified Manc,” one fan commented on Twitter.
Another fan hilariously commented on Twitter: “I have watched this video too many times to count and I just keep coming back. The accent is just outrageously spot on from Haaland”, while a third added: “This gets funnier the more you watch it.”
Of course, many are also pointing out that, although Haaland is about as Norwegian as they come, the 22-year-old star was actually born in Leeds thanks to his former footballer father Alfie’s time at Leeds United from 1997-2000.
So is it really any shock that a fellow Yorkshireman is good at a Yorkshire accent then?
Manchester City are currently over in Bavaria as they’re set to face German giants Bayern Munich in the second-leg of the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final, where they currently lead 3-0 on aggregate and are hoping to advance to the Semi-Final.
Manchester City’s Matheus Nunes rolls back the years and goes to work at Flat Baker in Ancoats
Manchester City star Matheus Nunes has already impressed many during his short time at the Etihad so far, but he impressed a few more this weekend not with his skills on the pitch but in the kitchen after moonlighting at a popular Manchester bakery, The Flat Baker in Ancoats.
The recent Man City signing might only have the one assist to his name during his time as a Blue thus far, but he’s served up more than a baker’s dozen to local Manc residents thanks to a quick shift as a pastry chef this past weekend.
However, it was by no means his first time in the kitchen, as Nunes revealed that he used to work in a bakery during the earlier days of his footballing career.
Getting put to work on one of The Flat Baker‘s bestsellers, their unbelievably addictive pastel de natas — trust us, they’re utterly sinful these things — the bakery’s owners Débora and her husband, also called Matheus, got the City star back up to speed. You can see the full video here:
That being said, as you can see, the 25-year-old midfielder was a bit of a dab hand after a few goes at it; the fact he not only had prior experience but also shares the same heritage as the bakery’s founders no doubt helped.
Born in Brazil but raised in Portugal — two places where these unmistakable sweet treats are most famous — Nunes explained how he, his mother and English step-father moved to Europe for “a better life” and to help his chances of becoming a footballer.
The former Wolves player went on to explain how he “failed a lot in school” and eventually his mum gave him a choice: “give up football or school, in order to start working”.
Starting out in his godfather’s bakery, he went on to spend a fair bit of time making bread and pastries and even appeared in a similar video back in Portugal after signing for Sporting Lisbon.
Naturally, the trio did eventually touch on football a little bit, with Nunes discussing what it’s like to play under Pep Guardiola and how nice it’s been to arrive at a club where there are plenty of Portuguese-speaking players like Ederson, Ruben Dias, Bernardo Silva and others.
Débora also joked about how he has fared getting used to ‘Rainchester’ and he was polite enough to smile it off and simply reiterated that playing for City was oppurtunity he culdn’t pass up.
So, if things don’t work out in the Premier League, he can always swap the sky blue shirt of city for a lovely chef’s apron and help out over at The Flat Baker.
Featured Image — Manchester City/Sporting Club de Portugal (via YouTube)
Tributes pour in for Manchester City legend and former chairman Franny Lee
Tributes are being paid to Manchester City legend and former chairman Francis ‘Franny’ Lee CBE, who has passed away aged 79.
The ex-Man City, Bolton Wanderers, Derby County and England star is said to have passed away in the early hours on Monday morning, 2 October, following a long battle with cancer.
Speaking via a club statement, his wife Gill along with children Charlotte, Jonny and Nik said, “He will be sorely missed and would like to thank everyone for their kind words”.
Both Manchester teams led tributes to the British footballing legend, with avid City fan Liam Gallagher and countless others joining in paying their respects.
Franny Lee scored 148 goals in 330 appearances during eight-year City, helping the club win multiple honours during their first periods of success, including the old First Division title back in 1968.
Born in Lancashire and starting out elsewhere in Greater Manchester at Bolton Wanderers, he also went on to play for Derby following his time with the Blues, helping the Rams to their second-ever title in 1975.
The striker also had 27 caps for England between 1968–1972, scoring 10 goals and winning FA Cup, League Cup, European Cup Winners’ Cup and the Charity Shield twice at club level during that period.
Honouring their former centre-forward who went on to serve as Chairman for four years from 1994 onwards, the club statement read, “It is with the deepest sadness and heaviest of hearts we announce the passing of former Manchester City player and Chairman Francis Lee, aged 79”, adding that flags around the Etihad Campus are flying at half-mast.
His first club, Bolton, said of the former marksman, “All at Bolton Wanderers are saddened to learn of the passing of former forward, Francis Lee. The thoughts of everyone at the club are with Francis’ family, friends and loved ones at this difficult time.”
As for legacy as for his time in Blue, the club had already planned to immortalise Lee prior to his death, announcing the erection of a statue back in May 2022, the reveal date of which will no doubt be moved up following his passing.
The club has also assured that “more tributes will follow in the coming days.”
Rest in peace to a legend.
Featured Image — Manchester City/England/Bolton Wanderers (via Twitter)