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Gabriel Jesus shows Guardiola he can be Manchester City’s shooting star

Brazilian hits four goals past Burton after manager challenges him to dislodge Sergio Agüero from the central striking roleThis was Gabriel Jesus’s first four-goal haul for Manchester City could not have been better timed. After Pep Guardiola’s pre-gam…

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Claudio Bravo’s two penalty saves help Manchester City past Wolves

Claudio Bravo was the hero as Manchester City knocked a valiant Wolves out of the Carabao Cup 4-1 on a penalty shootout.Sergio Agüero’s coolly chipped penalty proved decisive but only because Bravo first saved Alfred N’Diaye’s effort to his right, then…

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Pep Guardiola’s tactical nous upstaged by Manchester City’s sheer will to win

Fluid full-backs still central to the Catalan manager’s City plans, but win against West Ham proves that he also knows how to win ugly

This game featured much less of the Manchester City full‑backs moving inside, a ploy of Pep Guardiola’s which was first sighted when Sunderland were defeated in the season opener at the Etihad Stadium.

Instead, the Catalan secured a third consecutive Premier League victory by implementing a more old‑fashioned strategy. First, Raheem Sterling slotted home after a Nolito pull-back, then Fernandinho thumped a header past Adrián from Kevin De Bruyne’s free-kick before Sterling dispatched the ball into an empty net at the death.

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Louis van Gaal eyes fourth place after Manchester United close in on City

• United now just one point off Champions League places
• Manuel Pellegrini walks out of television interview after defeat

Louis van Gaal said Manchester United’s 1-0 victory over Manchester City means their local rivals are now in their sights in the race for a top-four finish.

Marcus Rashford’s 16th-minute winner made him the youngest scorer in the fixture during the Premier League era, at 18 years and 141 days. It kept United in sixth place but lifted them to 50 points, one behind City in fourth and behind West Ham United on goal difference.

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Manchester City 0-1 Manchester United: five talking points from the derby | Jamie Jackson

Manuel Pellegrini’s calm approach hardly justified by heat from City’s Premier League pursuers; Louis van Gaal makes a stand – often

“Even if you lose this, there are more games to qualify for the Champions League. It is important to try to be as close to the top of the table as you can.” So said Manuel Pellegrini before losing the final derby of his time as Manchester City manager. Yet after this reverse – his second defeat in six against United – there is a real possibility that Pep Guardiola may not have Champions League football to oversee when he takes over next season. City remain in fourth but they are now only one point ahead of West Ham and Manchester United.

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Manchester City face anxious wait over condition of David Silva

• Spanish playmaker has possibly broken cheekbone and collarbone
• Pellegrini and Allardyce both agree Kouyaté’s challenge was fair
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Manchester City face anxious wait over condition of David Silva

• Spanish playmaker has possibly broken cheekbone and collarbone
• Pellegrini and Allardyce both agree Kouyaté’s challenge was fair
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Manchester City get back to winning ways with victory over West Ham

This was the easy and controlled performance that has been missing in action recently for Manchester City. True, West Ham United were the perfect patsies due to a quality-deficit but still the champions ended the game having convinced in all departments.

Eliaquim Mangala’s commanding display allowed his struggles for form to be forgotten. Yaya Touré ran the show in midfield and was pivotal in City’s second. And the under pressure Manuel Pellegrini could enjoy an afternoon when calm was restored and the awful run of six defeats from the last eight outings was arrested.

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Vincent Kompany pays price but Pellegrini’s drastic action yields little

Chilean manager shows ruthless side to stop the rot but revamped Manchester City team still struggle in win over bottom-placed Leicester City Continue reading…

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Vincent Kompany pays price but Pellegrini’s drastic action yields little

Chilean manager shows ruthless side to stop the rot but revamped Manchester City team still struggle in win over bottom-placed Leicester City Continue reading…

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Manuel Pellegrini: we can’t lose to Chelsea after defeat by Arsenal

• Goals from Santi Cazorla and Olivier Giroud shock Manchester City
• Pellegrini criticises penalty decision and his side’s lack of creativity
Match report: Manchester City 0-2 Arsenal
Jamie Jackson: five talking points from the Etihad Stadium
In pictures: the best images from a dramatic game


Manchester City’s title hopes suffered a huge blow after a shock 2-0 defeat by Arsenal at the Etihad Stadium left them five points behind Chelsea. Their manager, Manuel Pellegrini, admitted the trip to Stamford Bridge in a fortnight is now pivotal.

Related: Francis Coquelin’s Arsenal masterclass: tactical triumph or just lucky?

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James Milner earns Manchester City win against Sheffield Wednesday

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James Milner earns Manchester City win against Sheffield Wednesday

Dust off the clichés: romance, magic and all the other old FA Cup chestnuts are in the rudest of health after being given fresh life by a Sheffield Wednesday team who gave the champions of England a fair fright.They had been trounced 7-0 by Manc…

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Manuel Pellegrini: Manchester City’s ‘miracle’ form all down to hard work

• City beat Crystal Palace with no recognised striker in team
• Pellegrini: I don’t think it’s a system we’ll adopt in future
• Match report: Manchester City 3-0 Crystal Palace

There was a touch of wryness in Manuel Pellegrini’s “miracle” description of Manchester City’s reeling in of Chelsea, who three weeks ago had led the Premier League champions by nine points.

That was on 29 November and though City had a game in hand at that point there was a real prospect of José Mourinho’s team making this season’s title tilt a procession. Instead, following this canter of a 3-0 win over Crystal Palace City are now level on 39 points with Chelsea, separated by a goal difference of one, with the west London club travelling to Stoke City on Monday evening.

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Manchester City show they will scrap for title with victory over Everton

• Sergio Agüero’s knee ligament injury mars 1-0 win
• James Milner insists: ‘We are no one-man team’
Pellegrini wants City win at Roma to avoid the maths

Within two minutes Manchester City were forced to prove they are not a one-man team. The Sergio Agüero show had featured 19 goals in 20 appearances before, on his 21st outing, disaster struck and he departed in tears with knee ligament damage.

As the prospect of the forward missing Wednesday’s Champions League match at Roma sank in, on came the youngster José Ángel Pozo and City set about offering evidence that no Agüero does not mean no winning football.

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Talking points: Manchester City ambition rests on precious Sergio Agüero

Chris Smallings red card helped Manchester City and Uniteds problems in defence have now deepened Continue reading…

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Manuel Pellegrini urges Manchester City to raise standard in Europe

Manuel Pellegrini admits CSKA Moscow is must-win game
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Manuel Pellegrini urges Manchester City to raise standard in Europe

Manuel Pellegrini admits CSKA Moscow is must-win game
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Manchester City 1-1 Chelsea: five talking points

Super Frank Lampard provides an inevitable finish for Manchester City; is James Milner doomed to be underrated? Manchester City 1-1 Chelsea Continue reading…

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Manchester City 3-1 Liverpool: five talking points from Etihad Stadium

Citys strength in depth makes all the difference but Liverpool never took a step back as they slugged it out with the champions Continue reading…