Manchester City maintained their flawless start to the season with a hard-fought 2-1 win against Sheffield United at Bramall Lane. Pep Guardiola’s side now stands as the sole team in the Premier League to have won all their matches thus far.
In the closing stages of the game, it appeared that Jayden Bogle’s late strike had rescued Sheffield United their first point of the campaign. Bogle capitalized on Kyle Walker’s backheeled pass inside his own box, intercepting the ball and firing it past Ederson.
However, Manchester City’s reliable performer in big games, Rodri, stepped up just when his team needed him the most, netting the winning goal.
To be fair, the away team deserved nothing less. They dominated possession, with 80% of the ball, and took an impressive 30 shots compared to Sheffield United’s six. Their performance was reflected in their 3.5 expected goals.
Despite their dominance, City had to wait over an hour for the breakthrough, which came from Erling Haaland. Jack Grealish showcased his skills down the left flank, creating numerous chances and making an impact in Sheffield United’s box. It was Grealish who delivered a delightful chip to the back post, where Haaland headed the ball home. Notably, that goal marked Haaland’s seventh shot of the game.
However, the Norwegian forward had missed a golden opportunity to put his team ahead earlier in the first half. After Julián Álvarez won a penalty, Haaland scuffed his shot, hitting the post. This marks the second missed penalty for Haaland in his last three attempts, while Manchester City has now missed three of their last five penalties. Despite their overall dominance and Guardiola’s relentless pursuit of perfection, penalty-taking remains an area where the team has yet to fully excel.
Despite the occasional setback, Manchester City’s 100% start to the season showcases their strength and determination. With their superior possession, shot count, and expected goals, they continue to assert their dominance in the Premier League. As the season progresses, Guardiola will undoubtedly be keen to address the penalty-taking concerns and ensure his team maintains their winning streak.
Guardiola’s 200th win in the top flight came in his 269th game, which is faster than any other manager in English top-flight history.
Pep Guardiola has become the fastest manager in English top-flight history to reach 200 wins, with his Manchester City side beating Sheffield United 2-1.
Guardiola, who was absent from the Etihad Stadium due to a positive COVID-19 test, took 269 games to reach the milestone, beating the previous record of 326 games set by José Mourinho.
The win also extended City’s unbeaten run against Sheffield United to 11 games in all competitions.
The Blades, who were relegated from the Premier League last season, have now lost three consecutive games to start the new campaign.
Despite showing some spirit in the second half, they were unable to prevent City from extending their lead at the top of the table.