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Sheffield United vs Manchester City at Bramall Lane

Bramall Lane Referee : Michael Oliver
31st October 2020 12:30 PM (GMT)
  • 0 Sheffield United

  • 1 Manchester City

    • ‘28' Kyle Walker


Commentary By


Two HUGE finals

Don't forget, City play Everton in the Women's FA Cup final at Wembley tomorrow. 

Kick off is at 2.30pm and we will have full coverage here on, including our We're Not Really Here LIVE show. 

And then on Monday, it's the FA Youth Cup final. Our impressive Academy lads play Chelsea at 7.30pm. 

It never stops for City fans. 


Pep on link to Barcelona job

"I said many times, my period as manager of Barcelona is over. 

"There are incredible people who can be in charge, like Koeman. 

"It’s over. I will go back to wacth games but it is done. 

"I am happy here and have desire to do well. This is most important thing. 

"Now there are elections in Barcelona and hopefully they can choose the right person for the board."


Pep on Laporte and Dias

"Both play really well. 

"We've had to rotate centre-backs in recent years. 

"We need everyone - with these games, we cannot just play these two." 


Pep on Walker

"His goal helps us a lot but not just the goal. The fact his concentration, he understands every day better what he has to do. 

"His physicality, he plays almost all the minutes. 

"He scored against a team he loves. He’s a Sheffield United supporter. 

"He always supports them in locker room - I remember their play off final! Come on Sheffield!  


Pep satisfied

"We played really well. 

"We struggled to score goals with the chances we create - 16 shots, eight on target, that's a lot against this team. 

"When we couldn't do it, they then send long balls and crosses and they had chances, but we are satisfied. 

"It’s the third game in seven days, all away. We are in a better position now. 

"Two more games before international break and we move on."


Walker full of praise for CBs

"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.

"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.

"Defensively we’ve done fantastically well, especially Ruben [Dias] since he’s come in. Whoever steps in, they’re all going to put in top performances.

"There was always going to be a hangover [from last season]. It’s just what we’re dealing with at this moment in time."


Walker on non-celebration

"My mum and dad live here, so if I’d celebrated they'd have got stick" 

"And I'm a Sheffield United fan, so I couldn’t celebrate."


Walker reaction

"It’s the football we play – we don’t sit back and defend, we want to score more, which is a nightmare for us defenders at time!"


FT: Sheffield United 0-1 City

Big three points and the culmination of what feels like a very important week. 

Feel we could have scored more - but we've largely controlled things and looked very stable at the back. 

Lots of positives from the last few days. 



I mean, how do you even do that?

Ederson with a quite unbelievable pass from inside his own area to Sterling on the edge of United's 18-yard box. 

Ramsdale comes rushing out, just gets there ahead of Sterling and clears with his head. 



What an outside-of-the-boot pass from De Bruyne! 

Puts Sterling clear down the left and he drifts into the box, but somehow Egan and the 'keeper end up claiming it. 


Uh oh

Berge nutmegs Cancelo and pulls the ball back to the edge of the area to Lundstram. He fires it over the bar and should have done better. 

My heart can't take this. 


Head up

De Bruyne gives it to Mahrez inside the box. He tries to go past a few players but runs down a blind alley. 

There were passes on, there. 


Warning shot

Berge does well down the right and fires a very dangerous cross into the box - Ederson claims it. Just. 

That was dangerous. 

We need some impetus. 


Second needed

Would expect Sheffield United to start pumping balls into our box as this games goes on. We'll need to stand firm.




I don't want to speak too soon and curse the lads when we've only got a slender lead, but we've looked really stable defensively again today. 



Walker puts the burners on and flies down the right, gets to the byline and pulls it back to De Bruyne  - but the Belgian's effort flashes just wide. 

That was a chance!



Torres tries to lift the ball over Ramsdale, who had rushed out of his goal.

Can't quite lift it high enough. 

He's such a bright player, Torres. 


More to come?

Sterling's class in the build up to the goal so impressive, as was Walker's strike. 

Torres has caused problems again. De Bruyne keeps us ticking with his quality. 

Looking good. 


SWP on Walker

"(The goal and form) It’s testament to him. He seems to be enjoying it even more, if he keeps the concentration level that he has now we’ll see the Kyle Walker that everyone knows he can be."


Half-time: Sheffield United 0-1 City

Good half. Ramsdale has kept home side in it. 

We need another and we can definitely improve, but that was a very decent 45 minutes. 



We've been dominant. Add this first half an hour or so to Tuesday's near-perfect display and the signs are good. 

Only one goal in it, though, and the home side have had a few little sighters in the last few minutes. 

And with the pitch like it is, anything can happen. 

We need another, that's for sure, but impressed thus far. 



Sterling's pace and trickery key in the build up - but what a fine finish from Walker. 

That is very much deserved, given how well he's been playing this season. 




Sterling causing all sorts of problems on the left.

His pass inside the area goes through Egan's legs. Torres nips in and gets their ahead of everyone else. His first-time effort from five yards out saved instinctively by Ramsdale. 



Real chance. 

De Bruyne's corner gets flicked on by a United defender, Laporte meets it with a left-footed half-volley, but it goes wide. 

Probably a better opening than he realised. 


Fluid forward line

City prodding and probing. Sheffield United defending in numbers. 

Sterling on the left, Mahrez on the right - but plenty of fluidity in that front three. 


Torres central

Torres playing centrally again and leading the line.

Credit to him. He's 20 and has only ever really played in wide areas during his senior career. 

He's doing so well. 


Crazy 24 hours

What a 24 hours for James Trafford.

Kept goal last night as we made it to the FA Youth Cup final.

And now he's unexpectedly thrust onto the first-team bench. 


Dickov expects difficult game

"Today is interesting. Chris Wilder done a fantastic job. 

"They play three at the back but they are so expansive in how they play, I remember managing against Chris when he was at Northampton and its great to see him managing in the Premier League. 

"He finds players who fits into his system and many players who wouldn’t fit in elsewhere. 

"A lot have played in League One and the Championships and how Chris Wilder gets the best out of them is amazing."


Dickov on Marseille win

"There were signs at Marseille that we are getting back to our best. And if we win our game in hand and we will be two points behind at the top."



"I always found extra energy the more confident and happier I was playing. 

"And playing in front of the fans I got even more energy. 

"Kevin’s been doing it without the fans and is playing at such a high level week in, week out it seems like he’s never going to get tired."


Dias and Laporte

We seem to have landed on a top-class centre-back pairing. 

I don't want to go too early, but the signs have been very, very good. 

Both good on the ball and their styles complement each other beautifully. 

Very keen to watch them continue their partnership today. 


Dickov in praise of in-form Walker

"Kyle Walker has been outstanding - not just this season but since lockdown. I think he has been our best player without a shadow of a doubt.

"He’s not always played in his natural position at right back. He can bomb forward but he has adapted his game as well and can tuck in an inverted position in a back three and he is a huge outlet for us going forward."


Exciting team

So much quality in that starting XI. 

As Walker has just said, we need to build on Tuesday's display. 

That was the City we all know. 


Pep on Sheffield United

"We know their quality. The position in the table is what it is but we know the quality they have. We don't have any doubts. 

"We are at the beginning of the season and they will get results in the future." 


Walker on Tuesday's win

"It was back to the normal City that everyone likes to watch and we like to play. Hopefully we can do that today. 

"It’ll be tough – I know, I watch them regularly."


Kyle Walker on 100 PL appearances for City

"It’s a massive club and to get to 100 in the time I have is a credit to myself

"I feel good. I feel good playing so many games, stronger than ever. Hopefully we can get three points today."



City XI: Ederson, Walker, Dias, Laporte, Cancelo, Rodrigo, De Bruyne, Bernardo, Torres, Mahrez, Sterling 

Subs: Carson, Stones, Ake, Gundogan, Zinchenko, Foden, Garcia 


We're Not Really Here

Don't forget,  Paul Dickov and Shaun Wright-Phillips will be the guests on our We’re Not Really Here matchday show.

That gets under way right here at 11.30am! 


Marseille display

I thought Tuesday's performance was our best of the season. 

The way we moved the ball around was absolutely expert. 

Pace, ideas, ingenuity...and a desire to win the ball back when we didn't have it. 

There was little Marseille could do. 

More of the same today, please! 


Foden our future

The form of Phil Foden is a major plus point for us at the moment. 

He is developing into exactly what we all thought he could: a top-class creative force. 

His energy, willingness to make runs, quality on the ball and goal threat are all clear. 

He's been superb this season and I can't wait to continue watching his development. 


Tough assignment

Sheffield United have taken just one point from six matches so far this season - but their last outing saw them push Liverpool close at Anfield. 

They looked more like the team who finished ninth last season. 

It won't be easy. The weather is awful, they will make things hard. But we have plenty of quality. 


FA Youth Cup

What a result for the Academy last night, by the way. 

Through to the FA Youth Cup final after a 4-0 win over Blackburn.

Well in, boys! 


Pep on injury situation

“They [our injured players] are getting better.

“Now we have a training session, so we will have an update after.

"Gabriel is getting better, Nathan is getting better, Mendy hasn't started training with the squad. 

“Sergio is progressing. Still not available to train with us but progressing.”


Pep wants to earn City stay

Pep Guardiola has reiterated his happiness at being City manager. 

And the boss says he is focused on achieving more success in order to ensure he can stay beyond the end of the season.

Pep has overseen a glittering period at City, winning two Premier League titles, an FA Cup and three League Cups in four full years in charge. 

His contract runs out at the end of the current campaign, but he says his only desire is winning further silverware and earning an extended stay at the Club. 

“I am incredibly happy here. 

“I am delighted to be in Manchester and hopefully I can do a good job this season to stay longer.”


Team news

Teams confirmed at 11.30am - but here's what we know at this stage

- Aguero, Fernandinho and Mendy are definitely out 

- Ake and Jesus could be in line for a return 



Good morning, everyone! 

The weather is vile but City have a job to do. 

Three points would provide some warmth going into the weekend. 

Bring it on! 


Here's a snippet from Pep on Rodri from yesterday's press conference...

"He is improving a lot. That is normal. He understands the situations better, he is starting to read what is happening better. He can solve it with his incredible energy. All of us have the feeling he is making an incredible step forward with the way he plays and his personality. He started as a double holding midfielder against Wolves with Fernandinho, now he is playing on his own. He is playing really well."

Other games that day

  • Burnley0
  • Liverpool2
    West Ham United1

As it stood

P GD Pts
1 Liverpool 7 +2 16
2 Everton 6 +5 13
3 Wolverhampton Wanderers 7 0 13
4 Chelsea 7 +7 12
5 Aston Villa 5 +7 12
6 Leicester City 6 +5 12
7 Tottenham Hotspur 6 +8 11
9 Leeds United 6 +3 10
10 Southampton 6 +1 10
11 Crystal Palace 7 -3 10
12 Arsenal 6 +1 9
13 West Ham United 7 +3 8
14 Newcastle United 6 -2 8
15 Manchester United 5 -3 7
16 Brighton and Hove Albion 6 -2 5
17 West Bromwich Albion 6 -8 3
18 Sheffield United 7 -7 1
19 Fulham 6 -9 1
20 Burnley 6 -9 1
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