City put visitors in their place after early surprise

Manchester City moved five points clear at the top of the Premier League as Raheem Sterling inspired a 3-1 win over Bournemouth, while Manchester United's problems mounted as they escaped with a 2-2 draw at lowly Southampton on Saturday.

A City side showing five changes produced an uneven performance, and victory was only made certain when Ilkay Gundogan touched in Leroy Sane's low cross with 11 minutes left at the Etihad Stadium.

We find ourselves in a odd moment as City fans where many in the media seem to be cheerleading for City to slip up, to either make the League more entertaining or as part of some ongoing anti-City bias.

Next up in a round of midweek fixtures, Manchester City will hope to maintain their unbeaten record as they take on Watford at Vicarage Road.

However, the 21-year-old City striker failed to score any goal since the second week of this season's Premier League. Shane Duffy scored Brighton's equaliser at Huddersfield.

And although Sterling has now equalled his league total of eight, Guardiola acknowledged Aguero would be missed if he doesn't recover for the trip to Watford.

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But the pace and audacity which Jesus displayed in his early months at City are no longer so obvious and he is not the handful he was.

"It's because they want to stay, but I'm pretty sure Kevin, Raheem, all the young players, Leroy [Sane], Gabriel [Jesus], John Stones and Kyle Walker and everybody, they have all of Europe in front of them if they want to play in another place".

Brighton responded to conceding a goal after 55 seconds - the earliest strike in the Premier League this season - to win at 10-man Huddersfield 2-1, with Romania striker Florin Andone grabbing the victor with his first goal in English soccer.

Pep Guardiola has insisted that Manchester City are ready to do everything possible to keep Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain target Brahim Diaz, but admits that the ultimate decision will rest on the player's will. "They put so many balls into the box - they are so strong". I speak with the doctors every day, they make a report and a briefing.

Javi Gracia's team were confident enough to give City a game rather than spend 90 minutes sitting deep on a damage limitation exercise, but ultimately, it wasn't enough against the leaders. I didn't go to Bayern Munich to overcome. We are determined to make a deep run.

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