Sergio Aguero fires Manchester City to 1-0 win over Sheffield United

Sergio Aguero fires Manchester City to 1-0 win over Sheffield United

- Manchester City beat their hosts Sheffield United 1-0

- Sergio Aguero scored the only goal of the match

-Pep Guardiola's men have now reduced Liverpool's gap to 13 points on the table

Sergio Aguero needed just five minutes after his introduction to fire Manchester City to a 1-0 win over Sheffield United at Bramall Lane.

Despite grabbing two goals in their last game against Crystal Palace last weekend, the Argentine started their midweek encounter from the bench.

He was brought on to replace Gabriel Jesus in the 68th minute and barely five minutes later, he handed the visitors the crucial win.

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The victory has helped them to reduce Liverpool's point lead on the log to 13 before their next league game against Wolverhampton Wanderers on Thursday.

Earlier on in the game, Riyad Mahrez won a penalty for Manchester City in the 35th minute after dribbling past three Sheffield defenders, but Gabriel Jesus failed to convert the spot-kick.

Dean Henderson was under no pressure to save the Brazilian's poor kick from crossing his goal to keep his side in the game.

Moments before that, Nicolas Otamendi produced a brilliant effort after trying to give the visitors the lead through his overhead kick but the keeper was in the right place to stop the ball.

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All other efforts from both sides failed to materialise as the visitors ran off with maximum points away from home.

City's next league game is against José Mourinho's Tottenham side at the north London club's stadium early next month.

But before then, they will face off with Fulham in the FA Cup fourth-round match on Sunday, after which they battle city rivals Manchester United for the EFL Cup final ticket.

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