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Rio Ferdinand warns ‘ominous’ Man City are turning Premier League into a ‘one horse race’

Rio Ferdinand has said Manchester City’s unstoppable form threatens to turn the Premier League into a one-horse race.

City were victorious again today, taking the lead against Wolves after Jack Grealish put the away side ahead after just 55 seconds to allay concerns about his recent performances.

Erling Haaland doubled City’s lead after 16 minutes and became the first Premier League player to score in each of his first four away games.

A red card from Nathan Collins only worsened Bruno Lage’s chances of a comeback at Molineux and Phil Foden ended the game by ending the loss in the 69th minute.

With 23 goals in their first seven games, City have by far the best offensive record in the league and only Antonio Conte’s Tottenham have conceded fewer goals this season.

The result also sees City return to the top of the Premier League and Ferdinand explained that Pep Guardiola’s side are already on course to clinch their third consecutive league title.

“For everyone else, it’s ominous. It looks like a one horse race. You will only get stronger. Haaland went down like a racehorse. He took everyone else’s game to a new level.

‘Grealish responded beautifully to the critics with a good performance and a goal. Kyle Walker is coming back. Everything looks positive. There will be bumps in the road for every team but it’s looking good.’

Haaland’s record-breaking start to the season has continued to earn him praise from all corners of the footballing world, and Ferdinand opined that the Norwegian striker could both break the Premier League’s goalscoring record and challenge his name for a Ballon d’Or given his current form can hold.

“He’s on the right track. I say 35 (goals). He has the ability to break records because he’s on an absolutely dominating team. He has the hunger and the desire.

“He’s in (the Ballon d’Or fight). If he continues that form when City win the Champions League, there’s no question there will be no one close to him. He scored with his first touch today. He wasn’t involved in the game, but he doesn’t care. He added.

Rachel Brown agreed with Ferdinand’s assessment of the City forward, adding that the addition of Haaland filled in the “missing piece” the club had been lacking.

“I really can’t understand how you’re stopping Haaland. He has everything. He was the missing piece for Manchester City. They had no focus, a number nine through and through. The defenders only injured Erling Haaland.

City will continue their quest for Premier League glory when they take on Ferdinand’s beloved Manchester United on October 2.

Erik ten Hag’s side look completely reformed after a dismal start to the season, but a visit to Etihad will undoubtedly prove the Dutchman’s toughest test yet as Red Devils head coach.

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