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Manchester City 1-0 Sheffield United: 5 talking points as Cityzens extend lead at the top | Premier League 2020-21

Manchester City vs Sheffield United - Premier League
Manchester City vs Sheffield United - Premier League
Rupam Nag
ANALYST
Modified 30 Jan 2021
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Manchester City extended their lead at the top of the 2020-21 Premier League to four points with a narrow 1-0 win at home against Sheffield United.

The Blades, who are rooted to the bottom of the division, headed into this fixture in fine fettle after beating Manchester City's fierce rivals Manchester United 2-1 in their previous outing. However, while they did defend very well once again, Pep Guardiola's men did just enough to merit all three points.

Gabriel Jesus opened the scoring inside ten minutes courtesy of a fabulous bit of play by Ferran Torres.

The home side continued to dominate possession although they failed to create many clear-cut chances. Nevertheless, they were hardly troubled by Sheffield's forwards as they saw out the narrow win.

On that note, here are five talking points from the match.


#5 Manchester City's defence continues to be impenetrable

Manchester City have found a gem in Ruben Dias.
Manchester City have found a gem in Ruben Dias.

Despite resting regular first-team defenders Joao Cancelo and John Stones, Manchester City racked up yet another clean-sheet, thanks to the excellent Ruben Dias.

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The Portuguese has settled in fabulously at Manchester City and has completely rejuvenated their struggling defence.

Sheffield United might not sport the most devastating offence in the league. But they did ask the Manchester City defence some serious questions with speculative lobbed passes. However, Ruben Dias had the answer to all of them, winning his aerial duels while also timing all his grounded tackles perfectly.

There is a real feeling around the club that scoring one goal might be enough to win them games, and the same could prove key in their title charge.


#4 Ferran Torres gives Guardiola selection dilemmas

Manchester City wouldn
Manchester City wouldn't have won this game without Ferran Torres' contribution
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20-year-old Spanish international Ferran Torres might not have replicated his Champions League heroics for Manchester City in the Premier League just yet. But he capitalised on a rare start in the competition on Saturday afternoon.

The only goal in the game was all his work, as he retained possession against all odds before setting up Gabriel Jesus to smash the ball in from point-blank range.

Although he did go missing at times, he swung in a few delicious crosses into the box. On another day, he could've had a couple of assists. His industrious performance will surely give Pep Guardiola a selection dilemma on who to pick the next time Manchester City take the pitch.


Also Read: 5 players who could still move in the January transfer window.

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Published 30 Jan 2021, 23:18 IST
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