ormer Manchester United defender John O’Shea insists there are ways to stop Manchester City striker Erling Haaland.
The Irishman insists Premier League defences haven’t done enough this season against the Norwegian.
He told the Sunday World: “Haaland is unusual in as much as he is a tall, powerful striker and he also has real pace. It’s a combination that is tough to stop.
“You often have a big strong striker or a small quick one, but in every attribute, he is matching you or getting one over on you.
“Normally when you can cope with someone physically, you might be a bit quicker than him, but not with Haaland.
“All I would say about Haaland is a lot of teams have not really tried to come up with a plan to stop him.
“I’m not saying it will work, but I looked at the Real Madrid approach in the first leg of their match against City and they managed to keep him relatively quiet.
“They dropped off, cut down the space he needs to run in behind them and were as aggressive as they possibly and legally could be against him.
“That’s the only way to stop him. He is so strong and quick that you have to cut off what he wants and that’s space in behind a defence.
“It gives you the best chance of dealing with him and while he will come out on top at times because he is so good, you have to try and be inventive against a player like that.”