2020-21 English Premier League
  • Kyle Walker (28')

Walker strike seals Manchester City win at Sheffield United

Manchester City managed to hold on to a 1-0 victory at Sheffield United on Saturday.

Kyle Walker's first-half goal against his former club was enough to secure the three points for Pep Guardiola's side.

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City climb up to seventh in the table while Chris Wilder's side continue their winless run and remain in the bottom three.

City dominated from the first whistle and Ferran Torres was twice denied by goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale early on.

The visitors went ahead after 28 minutes when Walker unleashed low drive into the bottom corner.

Kevin De Bruyne almost doubled City's lead 10 minutes after the break but his shot went just wide.

With 20 minutes to go, John Lundstram missed United's best chance to equalise after his close range shot went over the bar.

The hosts only managed to register a single shot on target throughout the 90 minutes.

"I'm happy to get on the scoresheet and obviously happy to get the three points, which was the main thing coming up here," Walker told BT Sport after the game.

"They're well drilled. Everyone knows their position and they're a tough team to break down, but luckily enough I came up with the goal.

"My mum and dad live here, so if I'd celebrated I'd have got a lot of stick. I'm a Sheffield United fan, so I couldn't celebrate.

"I'm enjoying my football. We don't sit back and defend. We want to score three or four, but it's great to get the clean sheet on the board as well."

City boss Guardiola reiterated his desire to stay with the Premier League club and ruled out a potential return to his former club Barcelona when his contract expires at the end of the season.

Barca have been in turmoil for months; club president Josep Maria Bartomeu resigned this week and presidential candidate Victor Font is keen to reunite Lionel Messi with Guardiola.

"My career as a manager in Barcelona is over," Guardiola said postmatch. "There are incredible people who can be in charge.

"Ronald Koeman is an excellent manager. So it's over [for me]. I will come back to watch a game, but it's done. I am happy here, I have the desire to do well and this is the most important thing.

"Now there will be elections in Barcelona and hopefully they can choose the right person and the right board to maintain this incredible club as it is, at the highest level."

English Premier League Standings

1 Manchester City 32 +44 74
2 Manchester United 32 +29 66
3 Leicester City 31 +18 56
4 West Ham United 32 +11 55
5 Chelsea 31 +19 54
6 Liverpool 31 +16 52
7 Tottenham Hotspur 32 +17 50
8 Everton 31 +3 49
9 Arsenal 32 +8 46
10 Leeds United 31 0 45
11 Aston Villa 30 +10 44
12 Wolverhampton Wanderers 32 -9 41
13 Crystal Palace 31 -19 38
14 Southampton 31 -17 36
15 Newcastle United 32 -18 35
16 Brighton & Hove Albion 31 -5 33
17 Burnley 32 -19 33
18 Fulham 33 -18 27
19 West Bromwich Albion 31 -31 24
20 Sheffield United 32 -39 14