Premier League: Manchester City on top after 1-0 win over Sheffield, Man United Arsenal ends in a draw

Premier League Latest Points Table: A ninth-minute goal from Brazilian Gabriel Jesus gave Manchester City a 1-0 win over bottom club Sheffield United on Saturday as Pep Guardiola’s side extended their lead at the top of the table to four points. On the other hand Manchester United dropped points for the third time in four Premier League games with this goalless draw against an under-strength Arsenal side at Emirates Stadium.

City have 44 points from 20 games with Manchester United is 2nd with 41 points from the 21 games.

Manchester City on 12 match winning run
City have now won 12 straight games in all competitions — a club record run of victories.

Jesus slotted home from close range after Ferran Torres took advantage of poor defending to wriggle free of two players and pick out his unmarked team-mate.

Sheffield United had arrived at the Etihad on the back off their shock 2-1 win at Old Trafford against Manchester United and delivered another solid and organised display.

City had over 75 per cent possession but struggled to create many real openings, although Sheffield keeper Aaron Ramsdale did well in the 72nd minute to keep out a fine drive from Oleksandr Zinchenko and Aymeric Laporte’s effort a minute later.

The Yorkshire side, still rooted to the foot of the table on eight points, went close to an equaliser with a late John Fleck drive that flashed past the post.

Ramsdale did well again to keep out a Jesus effort in stoppage time as City had to settle for a single goal victory — Pep Guardiola’s 500th victory as a manager.

“It was so difficult. We knew it would be,” said the Spaniard.

“It was amazing after this run of 12 wins in a row, still the players run and fight like animals. We conceded one chance at the end. Sheffield United are a difficult opponent. Every time we play them we struggle,” added Guardiola who was full of praise for his opponents.

“We struggle because they are a very good side. They are alive, you can feel it. They shout, they talk, they stick together until the end” he said.

Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder was pleased with his team’s discipline but disappointed with the way they conceded.

“We’ve not been cut open by an unbelievable piece of brilliance. The players were up against a team who can produce at any time, not just against us but anyone in the division and in Europe.

“Our aim was to stay in the game and open up a bit late on. I don’t want a pat on the back. If people think we can open up from the off, you know what will happen,” he said.

Wilder is certainly not in the mood to throw in the towel despite his team being 10 points behind 17th-placed Brighton & Hove Albion.

“We’re alive and have a desire to compete. You’ve seen a team that’s fighting for their lives and can cause teams problems,” he said.

Premier League Latest Points Table

Team P GD Pts
1 Man City 20 24 44
2 Man Utd 21 10 41
3 Leicester 20 14 39
4 Liverpool 20 17 37
5 West Ham 20 6 35
6 Tottenham 19 14 33
7 Everton 19 5 33
8 Aston Villa 19 13 32
9 Arsenal 21 6 31
10 Chelsea 20 10 30
11 Southampton 20 2 29
12 Leeds 19 -3 26
13 Crystal Palace 21 -11 26
14 Wolves 21 -9 23
15 Burnley 19 -11 22
16 Newcastle 21 -13 22
17 Brighton 20 -7 18
18 Fulham 20 -12 14
19 West Brom 21 -33 12
20 Sheff Utd 21 -22 8