Sheffield United 1-2 Manchester City: Match

Manchester City shared their perfect start to the season, securing a 2-1 victory against Sheffield United at Bramall Lane. Pep Guardiola’s squad remains the sole Premier League team to achieve a flawless record, winning all their matches.

In a dramatic turn of events, it seemed that Jayden Bogle’s late goal could secure Sheffield United their first point of the season. Bogle capitalized on Kyle Walker’s intercepted backheeled pass inside his box, slotting the ball past Ederson.

However, Rodri, often a pivotal player for Manchester City in crucial moments, rose to the occasion, delivering the winning goal.

To be fair, the away team’s performance warranted their triumph. They maintained 80% of the ball possession, unleashed 30 shots compared to Sheffield United’s six, and were predicted to have scored 3.5 goals.

Despite their dominance, Manchester City had to wait over an hour for their breakthrough, which finally arrived with their 23rd shot of the game. Jack Grealish showcased his skill by maneuvering to the byline and delivering a precise chip to the back post, allowing Erling Haaland to head the ball into the net. Grealish’s presence on the left flank was

constant, creating six opportunities and making 12 touches in Sheffield United’s penalty area – both were the highest in the team.

The goal marked Haaland’s seventh shot of the match, following a missed opportunity in the first half when Julián Álvarez earned a penalty for City. Unfortunately, Haaland scuffed the spot-kick onto the post. This recent miss adds to Haaland’s record of two out of his last three missed penalties, while City has also struggled with three misses out of their last five attempts. Despite their overall supremacy and Guardiola’s pursuit of excellence, penalty execution remains an unmastered aspect.

Champions, however, find a way to secure victory, as was evident in this game.

This defeat marks Sheffield United’s third consecutive loss of the season. This scenario has only occurred in three previous campaigns: 1966-67 (top-flight), 1995-96 (second tier), and 2020-21 (Premier League). Their Premier League relegation followed the last occurrence, and while their spirited performance in this match kept it competitive until the end, they did little to dispel concerns of repeating that fate this season.

For Sheffield United, this loss maintains their unfortunate track record against City. They have yet to defeat City in a Premier League encounter, having lost eight matches and drawn three out of their 11 meetings.

Provided below is the Opta match center for detailed insights, including team and player statistics, a passing network analysis, an Opta chalkboard, and more. This comprehensive information equips you for an in-depth analysis following the Premier League match between Sheffield United and Manchester City.

Beneath the match center, you’ll find the official Opta statistics for the game.

sheffield united rating (5-3-2)

Wes Foderingham (Goalkeeper): 8/10 Foderingham displayed remarkable resilience during the second-half onslaught by City. While he couldn’t prevent two goals, his performance was excellent overall.

George Baldock (Right Wing-Back): 5/10 In the initial 30 minutes, Baldock contained Grealish well. However, as the game progressed, he struggled to keep Grealish in check. A needless challenge earned him a yellow card before halftime.

Anel Ahmedhodzic (Center-Back): 7/10 Ahmedhodzic embraced the challenge of facing Haaland and managed to hold his ground against the skilled City player. His physical prowess was evident throughout the match.

John Egan (Center-Back): 5/10 Egan’s handball resulted in City being awarded a penalty in the first half. Despite this setback, he maintained his defensive focus and carried out his duties effectively.

Jack Robinson (Center-Back): 6/10 Robinson’s distribution skills were impressive, but City exploited the space behind him successfully, causing defensive challenges.

Ben Osborn (Left Wing-Back): N/A Unfortunately, Osborn had to exit the match early due to an injury.

Vinicius Souza (Central Midfield): 4/10 Souza’s impact on the game was limited. He put in effort but occasionally found himself out of position while covering for Baldock. He received a late yellow card for a tactical foul.

Ollie Norwood (Central Midfield): 7/10 Norwood’s experience shone as he effectively patrolled the midfield, providing crucial defensive coverage. His skilled distribution often initiated counter-attacks.

Gustavo Hamer (Central Midfield): 6/10 Hamer’s energy was evident in the midfield. Although he faced challenges in making an impact with the ball, he provided support to the attacking duo when the opportunity arose.

William Osula (Striker): 4/10 Osula’s performance fell short of expectations, struggling to hold the ball and win aerial duels when the rare long balls were directed towards him.

Benie Traore (Striker): 6/10 Traore’s performance was spirited and lively. He appeared to be the most likely source of creativity for Sheffield United in the final third.

Substitutes

Yasser Larouci (substituted at 17′ for Osborn) – Rating: 5/10 – Encountered defensive challenges and provided sporadic advances forward.

Jayden Bogle (substituted at 71′ for Baldock) – Rating: 7/10 – Displayed a delightful finish.

Oli McBurnie (substituted at 71′ for Osula) – Rating: 6/10 – Delivered more impact compared to Osula, and came close to scoring from a set-piece.

Chris Basham (substituted at 80′ for Norwood) – Rating: 5/10 – The seasoned player entered the match during the late stages.

Mancity player ratings (4-3-3)

Goalkeeper: Ederson – Rating: 5/10 – Rarely engaged despite conceding.

Right Back: Kyle Walker – Rating: 7/10 – The team’s setup allowed Walker the freedom to venture forward into the attacking third, proving to be a valuable outlet. His delivery into the box was often exceptional. While he had a lapse during Bogle’s goal, his response afterward was commendable.

Center Back: Ruben Dias – Rating: 7/10 – Managed Sheffield Utd’s counter-attacks effortlessly and contributed to the team’s offensive efforts. His assertive approach supported City’s counter-press strategy.

Center Back: Nathan Ake – Rating: 7/10 – Similar to Dias, Ake encountered few challenges. Whenever Sheffield Utd approached City’s half, Ake skillfully defused their threats.

Left Back: Josko Gvardiol – Rating: 7/10 – Defensively untroubled, Gvardiol showcased crisp ball-handling abilities throughout the match. His composure was noteworthy.

Central Midfield: Rodri – Rating: 8/10 – Given the opponent’s willingness to relinquish territory, Rodri often positioned himself in advanced areas of the opposition half. His precise passing was a highlight, and he showcased his ability to link up effectively in more advanced regions, culminating in his match-winning goal.

Central Midfield: Mateo Kovacic – Rating: 7/10 – An effective performance from Kovacic, who maintained control of the game’s tempo. He showcased moments of brilliance during his ball-carrying sequences.

Attacking Midfield: Julian Alvarez – Rating: 7/10 – Demonstrated exceptional off-the-ball movement, becoming a constant challenge for Sheffield Utd’s defensive block. His clever runs across and behind the defense posed problems. However, he was wasteful in front of the goal.

Right Winger: Bernardo Silva – Rating: 7/10 – Operating adeptly in tight spaces, Bernardo persistently probed the opponent’s defense, although not every attempt bore fruit.

Striker: Erling Haaland – Rating: 6/10 – A somewhat challenging day for Haaland, who seemed impacted by the physicality of Sheffield Utd’s back three. Despite scoring, his efficiency in front of the goal was lacking, and he encountered difficulties retaining possession in the final third.

Left Winger: Jack Grealish – Rating: 8/10 – Grealish took some time to get into the rhythm of the game, but he shone throughout the remaining duration. His contribution was vital, particularly in setting up Haaland’s goal.

Substitutes

Phil Foden (substituted at 86′ for Mateo Kovacic) – Rating: 6/10 – Displayed delightful touches on the ball. His absence from the initial lineup was unexpected.

Unused Substitutes: Stefan Ortega (Goalkeeper), Kalvin Phillips, Jeremy Doku, Sergio Gomez, Oscar Bobb, Cole Palmer, Rico Lewis, James McAtee.