Foden stuns as Man City end 2023 on a high

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Manchester City rose to third position in the Premier League table, closing the gap between Liverpool to just two points following a 2-0 victory over Sheffield United.

An outstanding performance from Phil Foden ensured City extended our impressive H2H record to 12 games without defeat (W9, D3), against Sheffield United.

City had the breakthrough when Foden laid off Rodri, who moved through  Sheffield’s backline and picked his spot with a low strike. Foden was involved again shortly after when he slipped in Bernardo Silva, whose shot from a tight angle was turned behind before Kyle Walker curled an effort from distance wide of the mark against his boyhood club. The visitors saw their best chance late in the first-half with William Osula forcing Ederson into his first stop.

City continued to pose plenty of problems for the Blades, and after a neat pass from Oscar Bobb, Foden was set free in the box, the England international then picked out a sliding Julián Ålvarez at the back post, who would mark his 50th PL appearance with a goal.

City maintained control of the match to see out a comfortable victory against Sheffield United, who are yet to keep a PL clean sheet on their travels this campaign, as they continue to fight for safety, and are seven points adrift of 17th placed Everton.

Meanwhile, a win here means that City haven’t lost a home H2H since 1987 (WN9, D5), last conceding a goal in 1991, as they move above Arsenal in an increasingly intriguing title race.