Erling Haaland has taken the Premier League by storm and in his first month at Manchester United won the No.1 player award in England’s elite.
The Norwegian striker has scored 14 goals in his first ten games for Pep Guardiola’s side, and physically he looks in the form of his life. And there is a reason for that. And her name is Mario Pafundi.
Pafundi is an Italian physio who has been with City since 2016 and previously worked with cycling team Sky. He has worked intensively with Haaland since his arrival at the Etihad in the summer, and the results are showing.
The striker is so pleased with working with Pafundi that he has invited him to travel with him to Norway’s camp for the upcoming Nations League games against Slovenia and Serbia.
Viking coach Stahl Solbakken agreed, and Pafundi traveled with Haaland to Norway to share his experience.
“We called up 26-27 footballers, which is too much for two physiotherapists – explained Solbacken. – Erling came up with the brilliant idea of bringing another very good therapist.
I’ve talked to him a lot in the last week. That’s why we allowed the new name. Although he comes with Erling from City, he will work with all the players. Not at Erling’s personal disposal.”
Norway visit Slovenia on Saturday and host Serbia three days later. After playing four rounds in League B Group 4, Norway leads with ten points, Serbia has seven, Sweden has three and Slovenia has two.