- Manchester City ended a run of three consecutive home draws in the league with a comfortable 2-0 victory over Sheffield United
- The Cytizens have moved into third place above Arsenal and currently have 40 points after 19 matches
Man City vs Sheffield United was one of the biggest English Premier League games played on Saturday. Manchester City ended a run of three consecutive home draws in the league with a comfortable 2-0 victory over Sheffield United.
Goals by Rodri and Julian Alvarez in each half did justice for the defending champions who enjoyed possession of the ball throughout the match. Pep Guardiola’s side had not won a league game at home since early November and will be happy with Saturday’s result as they put pressure on title rivals.
Manchester City have moved into third place above Arsenal and currently have 40 points after 19 matches this season. They are just two points behind league leaders Liverpool and Aston Villa. On the other hand, Sheffield United are at the bottom of the table with just nine points in 20 matches.
Kevin De Bruyne was on the bench and even warmed in the second half but his effort was not needed in a game which the Cytizens had total control of. The sign of the Belgian playmaker warming on the touchline led to one of the biggest cheers at the Etihad on Saturday.
De Bruyne has been out since the start of the season and his return is a positive news for Manchester City, who had already started struggling. According to reports, Erling Haaland is also closing in on his return from injury, which is also good news for City fans.
Man City Vs Sheffield United
Pep Guardiola made two changes to the team that beat Everton in midweek, with John Stones and Matheus Nunes being replaced by Josko Gvardiol and Mateo Kovacic. On the other hand, Luton boss Chris Wilder made five changes from the team that suffered a 3-2 defeat to Luton Town.
Manchester City were in celebratory mood ahead of Saturday’s match as they paraded all the trophies won in 2023. The Cytizens started the game on a high note and were in front after 14 minutes of play, thanks to Rodri. The Spanish midfielder received a pass from Foden and then drove at United’s defence before firing a low shot.
Manchester City had another chance afterwards, with Bernardo Silva’s shot from a tight angle being turned behind before Kyle Walker’s shot went wide. Sheffield United, who were defending most of the time, had two chances towards the end of the first half but failed to convert. Ederson was forced to make a save to deny William Osula.
Pep Guardiola’s side continued to dominate the game after the restart and at some point it looked as if they were in training. Foden was a menace in front of United’s goal and was once again involved in the second goal by providing the assist.
The England international found his way into the area after an Oscar Bobb pass and squared to Julian Alvarez, who marked his 50th Premier League appearance with a goal. City remained in control of the match until the referee blew his whistle for full-time.
Speaking after the Man City vs Sheffield United match, Pep Guardiola said he was pleased with the clean sheet after a very tough month.
“Really pleased for the clean sheet, for a long time for the victory, it has been a tough, tough month for us, for Saudi Arabia and many things. Winning the World Club Cup helped us a lot in our mood, very pleased to finish there, we are not top of the league, we are not far away and two titles we have won this season, so the group of this players are amazing.” Pep Guardiola is quoted by Sky Sports.