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Russian Forces Flee Strategic Town; Police And Students Clash AT Prominent University In Tehran; State Duma Ratifies Annexation Of Four Regions Of Ukraine. Aired 10-10:45a ET
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BECKY ANDERSON, CNN INTERNATIONAL ANCHOR: Chaos erupts at a prestigious university in Tehran as protests into their third week across the country.
TANYA, LYMAN RESIDENT (through translator): Their bags were falling off as they drove. They ran like this.
ANDERSON: Russian forces retreat from a strategic town in Ukraine as Moscow ratifies the annexation of all four eastern Ukrainian regions. And.
LEWIS MACDONALD, BOAT CAPTAIN: It was just a boat for our business. It's for my family. So I'm thankful that, you know, God spared it and let it
come down like this.
ANDERSON: Hurricane Ian's toll becomes clearer as the cleanup continues.
Well, a very warm welcome. This is CONNECT THE WORLD. I'm Becky Anderson. A college campus turned into a war zone with blood everywhere. Those words
from a student at Iran's prestigious Sharif University after protests there took an ugly turn. Have a look at this.
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ANDERSON (voice over): Reports out of Tehran say security forces violently crackdown on protesters on Sunday, firing pellets at students who were
trying to flee. Nevertheless, we are seeing more demonstrations at universities today. This video comes from the pro-reform activist outlet
IranWire. Now these protests erupting across the country and beyond sparked by the death of a young woman in police custody.
We are now hearing the first comments on those protests from Iran's supreme leader.
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ANDERSON: CNN's Jomana Karadsheh tracking developments for us today out of Istanbul in Turkey. So, what are we hearing from the ground in Iran,
JOMANA KARADSHEH, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Well, you know, Becky, everyone was waiting to hear what the Supreme Leader have to say. I mean,
these protests entering their third week, and we hadn't heard him weigh in to what was going on. And finally today, he broke his silence in these
comments speaking to a university school -- police school and other security forces who are attending.
Very clear language here, Becky. Well, there was a lot of speculation whether there might be some room for compromise whether the clerical
establishment is going to try and maybe meet the people who have been taking to the streets halfway and try and address their grievances, but
very clear language from the supreme leader today. Basically, again, dismissing this all as a plot by the United States and Israel to weaken the
And Becky, this is coming right after those really disturbing events that we saw unfold last night at Sharif University in Tehran. Of course, this is
one of the most prestigious universities in the country. Some of the best and brightest Iranian students at that university. And Sunday evening, we
started getting these reports of an unfolding situation. And over the past few hours because as, you know, communication with Iran is very difficult
because of the restrictions the government's put in place because of the internet blackout.
And we started trying to piece together what was going on according to the statements from the university's publication, its newspaper. According to
video that has been trickling out really slowly out of the country, as well as an eyewitness that we spoke to and it appears that security forces there
used violent force to try and suppress the protests taking place at the university using birdshot, paintball shot at protesters, using batons to
beat up protesters.
This one young man who we spoke to described it as a warzone. He says he got a call from a friend saying come and save us, get us out of here. And
he says when he got there, it was like a war zone. There was blood everywhere. We don't really know how many people were hurt. We don't know
how many people have been taken away. We have seen images of what appears to be young students being taken away by the security forces.
And I -- when I spoke to this young man earlier, I asked him as a protester who has been taking to the streets in Tehran, is this going to stop you? Is
this the end? Take a listen to what he told us.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Of course not. You know, these terrorists think that our generation is the previous generation. We are not. Let me assure you we are
-- yes. But more than that, we are outraged, we are furious -- last night about is going to be a bloodbath in the front. We are not -- we have not
come all this way to go back now. This is a one way road for us because if this settles, if the dust settles and we stop protesting, they are going to
kill even more of us, they are going to detain even more people and they are going to return us to North Korea.
This is not the end, promise -- I promise you that people are fighting all over this country.
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KARADSHEH: Becky, he's describing this basically as a point of no return. And we have to explain to our viewers, we are concealing his identity and
his voice as well because of the risks that he's taking to speak out. He told us it was very important for him to speak to us, to send videos out to
the world because he wants them to know what is going on in the country.
And a lot of concern as the government appears to be beginning to unleash its brutal force to try and crush these protests as these protesters appear
to be so determined to continue with what they're doing that point of no return as you heard there from that young man.
ANDERSON: Absolutely. You reported on Iran's supreme leader breaking his silence earlier. I say clearly, he said that these riots and he called some
riots. And the insecurity were engineered by the U.S. and the occupy and (INAUDIBLE) regime as well as their paid agents with the help of some
traitors, Iranians abroad. That the view of the Iranian supreme leader as you rightly point out. These protests, these demonstrations enter their
third week with no sign that those protesting both in Iran and around the world in support of those demonstrators will give up.
Jomana, thank you. Well, for more on Iran and indeed the region check out the newsletter. Meanwhile in the Middle East, do sign up for this. You will
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Well, to Russia's war on Ukraine now. Russia's lower house of parliament has ratified the annexation of four occupied regions of Ukraine. This is no
surprise the Russian state news agency TASS says the vote was unanimous. Well, President Vladimir Putin set the process in motion on Friday in what
was an elaborate ceremony at the Kremlin following staged referendums condemned by the west shams.
The four regions in eastern Ukraine including Kherson, Zaporizhzhia, Luhansk and Donetsk where the key city of Lyman is now back in the hands of
Ukrainian forces. Ukraine's president says his military successes extend beyond Lyman. Well, a CNN team arrived there shortly after Ukraine's
president declared a clear of all Russian troops. CNN's Nick Paton Walsh was the first TV journalist to visit the city. He reports on the
devastation left behind.
NICK PATON WALSH, CNN INTERNATIONAL SECURITY EDITOR (voice over): It may not look like much but this is where Putin's defeat in Donetsk began. A
prize from the last century perhaps. But trains and tracks are still how Russia wages war today, Lyman,, what's left of it, now freed of Russia.
WALSH (on camera): Well, this is what it was all about the Central Railway hub here now in Ukrainian hands and devastated by the fighting. And this
was such a seminal part of Russia's occupation of Donetsk and Luhansk. The concern for Moscow is the knock on effect this is going to have for their
forces all the way to the Russian border.
WALSH (voice over): On the town's edges, we saw no sign of the hundreds of Russian prisoners or dead that had been expected to follow Moscow's
strategic defeat here. Nor incited either. Perhaps they have already been taken away. Instead utter silence. Only local bicycles on the streets.
Several residents told us the Russians actually left in large numbers on Friday.
TANYA: They left in the night and the day people said. I didn't see it myself but they say they sat on their APCs and their bags were falling off
as they drove. They ran like this.
WALSH (voice over): It would be remarkable timing that Russia fled Lyman in the very same hours that Putin was signing papers, declaring here Russian
territory and holding a rally on Red Square.
A similar story in the local administration where the only signs of Russia left are burned flags.
They run away without saying a word to anybody he says. It was bad, no work, no gas, no power, nothing. The shops didn't work. It truly feels as
if there is nobody left.
WALSH (on camera): Ghostly silence here apart from occasional shelling and small arms fire and it is so much of this town utterly destroyed. So many
locals were told leaving when the Ukrainian push towards it began. But now it's just this auto ghostliness in a place that's such a strategic defeat
WALSH (voice over): Gunfire in the distance, they're nervous some Russians may be left. Outside what's left of the court the constant change and
violence is too much for some. Her husband just arrested.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE (text): You want the truth? You put on a hat, you take off a hat. What life is this? I am 72 years old. I'm like a rate in a
basement crawling out of the basement.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: You will not show this, the truth. Yesterday, Ukraine came checked documents on a checkpoint and took my husband. A man
disappeared from the police station. One hat, another hat. People are suffering. One beats us, another beats us, and we cry.
WALSH: Ukrainian troops we did see had already stopped celebrating. There is little time. They're on the move again. Another Russian target further
east Kreminna in their sights. And those left in Lyman, a town cursed to have these bars of rusting steel running through it. A gathering the ruins
to burn for fuel with winter ahead. Left in the wake of Russia's collapse here a town they took weeks to occupy but only hours to leave.
Nick Paton Walsh, CNN, Lyman, Ukraine
ANDERSON: Well, there is humility and contrition and admission from the U.K.'s finance minister after the government's abrupt tax cut climb down.
Coming up what that means for the British economy and we'll bring in some harrowing stories of what it took to survive Hurricane Ian when it slammed
into the state of Florida.
ANDERSON: Well, it's an embarrassing U-turn for British Prime Minister Liz Truss just a month into her president caused by a mini budget that crashed
the pound sent mortgage rates soaring and sparked questions about her credibility. Well, now the government says it is abandoning its
controversial tax cut plan for top earners at least. Liz Truss tweeting, "We get it and we have listened. The climb down comes as the Conservative
Party Conference waits to hear from U.K. finance minister Kwasi Kwarteng In the next hour.
Well, CNN's Bianca Nobilo is standing by at the Tory Party conference in Birmingham in England. CNN's Nina dos Santos live from London. Thanks to
both of you. Bianca, let's start with you. Did the finance minister have any choice on this U-turn? Let's explain what this U-turn is because it's
not the entire tax cutting plan, of course. And how significant is this move?
BIANCA NOBILO, CNN CORRESPONDENT: So, the reversal in question, as you mentioned, refers to a small part of the economic package, relatively
speaking. About two billion pounds worth and that was a tax cut for earners, other of above 150,000 pounds. Now the reason that that generated
so much public theory is there's this biting cost of living crisis in the country. So the optics and the political judgment of the prime minister and
chancellor because it was those two and they didn't consult the wider cabinet.
To decide, to do that to look like they're favoring the wealthy, the rich, bankers, when the rest of the public are struggling so much to afford their
food and their energy bills is one that defies explanation for a lot of people here today. And the reason that she felt compelled I think, and the
chancellor to finally decide to U-turn 10 days after this terrible reaction from the markets and the public to this policy is from what I've heard of
It's the fact that they knew that they would fail to get this through Parliament. Now Becky, as you know, to fail to get a measure like that
through Parliament is a de facto vote of no confidence, which could quite quickly topple a government. So, they've U-turned to avoid that
eventualities. But I fear, a lot of damage is already done. And that's because this announcement and the subsequent U-turn has led to people
losing even more trust in a prime minister who does have a political history of flip flopping, whether it's between parties or on Brexit or
But also the fact that it shows to the public, many think that the Conservative Party are lacking empathy at a time when the ordinary person
really needs economic support. And it also undermines the Conservative Party's adage of being responsible for economic responsibility and economic
credibility vacuum. So on both of those accounts, it's now put the party in a deeply perilous position with labor soaring ahead in the polls.
ANDERSON: Yes. So that perception of a lack of empathy is clearly, you know, an issue politically, sadly, for markets, they don't trade on
empathy. Do they? Let's -- and you -- but you're making a very good point there. Let's talk about then the impact and what happens going forward.
Nina's up. The political story is one well, ring fence there by Bianca. And we haven't seen -- there's still a raft of tax cuts which are unfunded.
But let's talk about what this all means for the U.K. economy and the pound has bounced back since its lows last week when this plan was first
announced. In fact, he's down about the same as the euro, the Yen, the Chinese Yuan is against the dollar. So obviously out there, the biggest
story globally is a very strong dollar at present. But when you hone in on what's going on for the U.K. economy, what is the story at this point?
NINA DOS SANTOS, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Well, if you speak to people who work in financial markets and some people who've had a chance to analyze this
budget because remember that this government also didn't allow the proper watchdog to analyze the budget. First, that was another U-turn that they
had to do, Becky before this U-turn on the top rate of tax. Many people are saying, was you quite rightfully pointed out?
It's not really this small shaving off of the top rate of tax. That has been the issue, that's a bigger political hot potato but financially it's
only worth a few billion dollars. The bigger issue is unfunded helpful energy bills that might have to continue for some time, unfunded tax cuts
for businesses and so on and so forth. There -- there's much more devil in the detail in this budget than just what they've U-turned on today.
I'd be speaking to former members of the Conservative Party to ask them how they think that at Liz Truss and Kwasi Kwarteng can get themselves out of
DOS SANTOS: I've also spoken to people who've been analyzing the figures saying, well do the numbers add up? Where will they have to cut? If they
try and make those numbers add up to keep the pound from falling to this kind of level that we see at the moment, I believe we can have a listen to
some of that.
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DOS SANTOS (voice over): To some they were the dynamic duo bold enough to unleash the U.K. stymied potential. To others, a dangerous combination,
risking it all to stave off a recession that may prove inevitable either way. After crushing the currency by unveiling billions of tax cuts funded
by billions more borrowing, British new government made a sharp U-turn on Monday morning, abandoning its plan to abolish the highest rate of income
tax of 45 percent.
KWASI KWARTENG, BRITISH FINANCE MINISTER: I've said that I've listened, I get the reaction, the best thing to do now is not to proceed with the
abolition of 45 pay rate.
DOS SANTOS: In the days that followed the announcement of Britain's mini budget, pension funds have nearly collapsed and the Bank of England has had
to shore up sovereign debt.
DOS SANTOS (on camera): One of the reasons this budget was so badly received is that downing Street's newest occupants initially declined to
have their finger scrutinized by the usual fiscal watchdog. The scans detail provided only sparked further outrage. And although the government
has said that they'll provide more information before the end of November, many fear that with the economy on the brink, there's no time to spare.
DOS SANTOS (voice over): And as members of their own Conservative Party gather for their annual conference, the pressure is mounting. One way they
can balance the budget and reassure markets is by slashing spending. A risky move given an acute cost of living crisis.
PAUL JOHNSON, DIRECTOR, INSTITUTE FOR FISCAL STUDIES: Lots of people are saying that if you want to get to some sort of fiscally sustainable
position, having handled these tax cuts you need to cut spending and that arithmetically is true. I find it quite hard to see where you get big
spending cuts. Remember, we've had a decade through which we've had really, really tight spending.
DOS SANTOS: Other policies like reversing a moratorium on tracking have also stoked ire. As have reports in British media of a cozy relationship
between the chancellor and hedge funds that have made millions betting against the pound. A survey by Survation last week gave the opposition
Labour Party a 21-point-lead should an election be called tomorrow, the widest that margin has been in 12 years of Tory rule.
DAVID GAUKE, FORMER BRITISH CONSERVATIVE M.P.: I think Conservative MPs are in despair in truth. The conservatives have generally won election
victories on the basis that they are more competent on the economy. It's very hard to see how the Conservative Party can recover.
DOS SANTOS: But it didn't have to be this way. Truss was picked by her party's members over former chancellor Rishi Sunak who had advocated fiscal
prudence and warned that Sterling would suffer under her proposals. Now that it has, inflation is worse, rates are rising and among Tory's times
are suddenly tensor than they have been in decades.
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DOS SANTOS: It's worth remembering, Becky, that all this happened just in one week, and in about half an hour's time obviously, Kwasi Kwarteng, the
new chancellor who has been facing so much flak over this, supposedly ill thought out budgets, which he's standing by, for the large part, he's going
to be giving more details, but will those details be enough? In terms of the City of London International markets, they want to know how they're
going to cost this.
And it doesn't seem as though they have the answer to that, at least for the time being. Becky?
ANDERSON: Fascinating. Kwasi Kwarteng, the Chancellor of the Exchequers is known in the U.K., finance minister is the term used around the world for
that role. We'll speak at the top of the next hour and we will get you live to that. Thank you.
Well, communities all over the state of Florida today face the twin tasks of clearing up from Hurricane Ian while continuing to look for people
missing from the storm. Local officials say the death toll stands at 76 at the moment and is expected to rise. More than 600,000 people, that's more
than half a million people are still without power. And it could be weeks until that is fully restored. And flooding remains a problem in some
Floodwaters have yet to recede. Well, CNN's Boris Sanchez is in the devastated community of Fort Myers Beach. Boris?
BORIS SANCHEZ, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Becky, we just got an update from officials in Sanibel Island, which is not far from where we are right now.
This is an island that was cut off from the mainland after Hurricane Ian and swept away a bridge that was the only connection between the island and
the rest of Southwest Florida. Officials there telling us that over the weekend they conducted roughly 200 evacuations, getting people out of a
And as we're learning more about those folks that were evacuated we're hearing incredible stories of survival and also learning more about those
76 lives lost to Hurricane Ian.
SANCHEZ (voice over): The death toll rising from Hurricane Ian, as people recall, harrowing tragedies and those lost.
KEVIN BEHEN, HOME WAS DESTROYED IN FORT MYERS BEACH (via telephone): Storm surge came all the way up. And they had -- the windows were sucked out.
These guys push their wives out the windows to where a tree was. And they were looking at them and the guys were holding on. And they just looked at
their wives and they said, we can't hold on anymore. We love you. Bye. And that was it.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Did they all make it?
BEHEN: No, no. The two guys didn't make it.
SANCHEZ: The Miami Herald speaking to Fort Myers resident John Galatro saying, "We've seen bodies everywhere," and that his group counted at least
10 people from his building who died trying to get to the roof during the height of the surge. I personally covered one with a blanket. We made
deceased signs so the helicopters could see them.
Also a devastating tragedy involving one of Fort Myers most vulnerable residents Scott Lumley. According to The Washington Post, Lumley walked
with a cane. His legs and right arm were progressively paralyzed by Lou Gehrig's disease. He was sheltering with friends as the floodwaters rose
quickly in their single-storey home, forcing them to try to break through the ceiling. They tried to lift Lumley up to safety.
One friend recounting "We tried to get him but we couldn't. I feel awful about it. But I think if we kept trying, we three would have all been
washed away." I spoke with Captain Lewis Macdonald, a boat captain who has operated in the marina since 1986. His boat miraculously sustained limited
damage, despite being lifted up by the storm surge and tossed hundreds of feet into a mangrove.
MCDONALD: Since my dad and I built the boat and I've been doing this since 1995. And then few years later, he, you know, he died of cancer. So to me,
it wasn't just a boat or a business. It's for my family. Sorry. So I'm thankful that, you know, God spared it and let it come down like this.
SANCHEZ: Amy Lynn with CNN affiliate, WFTX, weathered the storm at a friend's parents' house as Hurricane Ian worsened, the wind knocked light
fixtures from the ceiling and broke glass.
AMY LYNN, HOST, FOX 4 MORNING BLEND: We're OK.
SANCHEZ: Eventually Lynn had to shelter in a closet with her dogs for six hours. The damage to the home was extensive. This was the garage after the
storm. Lynn says two cars were blown through the garage doors. They were eventually rescued by Chinook helicopters. And one Fort Myers resident
sheltered aboard this boat during the worst of the storm. He was able to rescue three men who were stranded in a building.
DOUG MCGILL, FORT MYERS, FLORIDA RESIDENT: I ripped over beside a two- storey building. There was three guys trying to get out of the second storey window, I was just about underwater and they were trapped inside. I
got them out the other side and they were done. You got him on top on the boat, me in the right spot at the right time. I lost my boat. I lost
everything I had but save three guys. It was worth it.
SANCHEZ: And Becky, I should tell you that there are indications that officials here in Lee County potentially ignored the county's own emergency
management plan when it came to issuing evacuation orders. They're now being asked very serious questions by residents who felt that they didn't
have enough time to leave. I reviewed the plan and it shows that if there is a 10 percent chance of a six-foot storm surge, people in the most
vulnerable areas of Lee County where we are now are supposed to evacuate.
At Sunday night before Hurricane Ian made landfall on Wednesday there were indications that there would be a seven-foot storm surge, up to a seven-
foot storm surge in this area. Still officials waited until Tuesday morning, roughly only 24 hours before the hurricane hit to give locals here
the warning that they should leave when I asked the sheriff of Lee County about it, when I asked the commissioner of Lee County about it, they pushed
back saying that they did everything that they could to save lives that the storm took an eastward Lee turn at a relatively last minute and that it
intensified more than they expected it to.
They are essentially saying that there was nothing more that they could do and even if they had issued those evacuation orders, there is no guarantee
that residents would leave. Becky?
ANDERSON: Boris Sanchez on the story. Boris, thank you. Well, still ahead. Brazilians stealing themselves for a presidential election runoff that
could mean four more weeks of campaign combat between these two men. We're live in Sao Paulo for you up next.
ANDERSON: Welcome back. I'm Becky Anderson in Abu Dhabi. You're watching CONNECT THE WORLD. Well, the election anxiety that has gripped Brazil for
months now will continue for another four weeks after Sunday's vote. Far- right President Jair Bolsonaro and left-wing former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva will face off in a runoff after no candidate clinched more
than 50 percent of the votes needed to win the presidency outright.
Now, this has been a brutal campaign season with partisan hostilities, violence, fiery rhetoric and contentious debates. Shasta Darlington
connecting is live from Sao Paulo. Shasta.
SHASTA DARLINGTON, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: That's right, Becky. There were two main headlines out of the vote yesterday. The first one is
that the former left-wing President Luis Inacio Lula da Silva did get the most votes. But the second as you mentioned, if he didn't cross that 50
percent threshold that would allow -- would have allowed him to avoid a runoff. So he'll be facing off against his main rival, the incumbent right-
wing President Jair Bolsonaro on October 30th.
And it also means that Brazilians are going to face another month of what has turned into the most polarizing electoral race in recent history,
marred by political violence and by Bolsonaro's attacks on democratic institutions. Now another key takeaway here was that the race was a lot
tighter than anticipated. Polls had predicted that Lula would be ahead by a wide margin, even double digits.
And in the end, he did get 48.4 percent of the vote, but he was only five percentage points ahead of Bolsonaro. Take a listen to what the candidates
had to say about that.
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JAIR BOLSONARO, PRESIDENT OF BRAZIL (through translator): We overcame today's lie, statistics saying it would be 50/30 results. We overcame that
lie. We are moving forward where all is now equal and we will better demonstrate for the Brazilian people.
LUIZ INACIO LULA DA SILVA, FORMER PRESIDENT OF BRAZIL (through translator): Now there will be a face-to-face debate with the president of the republic
to see if he keeps telling lies or if he will tell the truth to the Brazilian people.
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DARLINGTON: So we did see Bolsonaro coming out stronger than anticipated. In fact, his right-wing party did extremely well in legislative elections.
He now has the strongest block in Senate, but Lula was the winner of the evening and his supporters took to the streets. Now both candidates face
some tough campaigning ahead. Lula will try and convince voters that he can bring back the economic boom times of his first two terms which really
benefited the poorest in Brazil.
While Bolsonaro will try and remind voters that subsequently Lula was arrested as part of a massive corruption scandal. Although the Supreme
Court didn't know those convictions at a later point.
At any rate we're going to see a lot of that polarization intensions that we just keep talking about, Becky.
ANDERSON: Absolutely. Shasta, thank you. Shasta is in Sao Paulo in Brazil. We will continue to cover this story. Of course, let's get you up to speed.
On some of the other stories that are on our radar right now. And Swedish scientist Svante Paabo is the winner of the Nobel Prize in medicine or
physiology. For his work in the field of evolutionary genetics. Paabo's research compares the genomes of modern humans and our closest extinct
Well, the U.N. says warring sides in Yemen have failed to reach an agreement on extending a nationwide ceasefire. Iranian-backed Houthis and a
Saudi-led coalition have been fighting for more than seven years. In a statement the U.N. special envoy for Yemen is urging both sides to pursue
every avenue for peace.
The Indonesian government fairing to conduct an extensive investigation into what was a deadly crowd surge at a football match. 125 people died in
this incident, including more than 30 children. Witnesses say people panicked when police fired tear gas into the ground to disperse fans who
were angry after the home team lost.
We're going to take a very short break. Back after this.
ANDERSON: You're watching CONNECT THE WORLD with me, Becky Anderson. Welcome back. A football masterclass. That's one way to describe earning
Erling Haaland's history-making performance on Sunday for Manchester City. And it happened in a match against Man City's better rivals. And it was the
response of the Manchester United coach to this game which I think was perhaps as explosive as what we saw on the pitch.
Amanda Davies here with more.
AMANDA DAVIES, CNN SPORTS ANCHOR: Yes. Not so much a rivalry in this one yesterday, Becky. That would imply that there was some closeness but no, it
was an absolute thumping from Manchester City and scary was the word that the city boss Pep Guardiola actually used to describe Erling Haarland. He's
like a machine. No such thing as you're needing a few games to get to grips with life in the Premier League.
Just 22 years of age, he's now scored 14 goals in his opening eight Premier League games. Three home Premier League hat-tricks in a row. And whilst he
gave it a usually understated interview afterwards. The reaction from the rest of the world is in stark contrast, and we've got some of that coming
up in a couple of minutes in World Sport.
ANDERSON: What I thought was so interesting is Pep Guardiola and I'm sure you're going to cover this. He talked about the fact that he ran as if he
was running for his life and he actually there to score goals, so it's great, he's going to run, he ran as fast as everybody else did. He was as
energetic on the -- on the pitch, but actually his role is to score which he did of course. Absolutely fascinating. What a season this is turning out
to be certainly at the top of the -- top of the table.
More on that in World Sports coming up. I'm Becky Anderson. We will be back at the top of the hour for you with more CONNECT THE WORLD. Stay with us.