The forward broke the deadlock just before half-time, connecting with a cross from midfielder Kevin De Bruyne to head the ball in, before stepping up to double the home side’s lead with a penalty in the 50th minute after Ilkay Gundogan was tripped by Ruben Neves.
City defenfer John Stones praised Haaland and his team’s depth, saying to Sky Sports after the match: “That’s his quality. I’m so pleased for him again. He just keeps coming up with the goals.
“We have had a lot of good goals from different players coming off the bench, starting the games. Riyad [Mahrez] the other night. I don’t want to just put it all on him. We all need to chip and we are doing but when he score three in a game it’s difficult!”
Haaland also broke former Manchester United striker Ruud van Nistelrooy’s record of being the fastest player to four Premier League hat-tricks. Haaland’s four came in 19 games, Van Nistelrooy’s in 65.
Haaland had in fact endured a mini goal drought of three City appearances in all competitions prior to last week’s strike against Tottenham, but he certainly brought his shooting boots for the visit of struggling Wolves.
His remarkable 25-goal league haul from 19 matches would have been enough to win the Premier League Golden Boot in each of the previous four seasons. Dixie Dean’s record of 60 goals scored in a single league season, set in 1928, remains in sight.
Information from Reuters contributed to this report.