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Sterling has now scored in each of his six City appearances against Bournemouth
Manchester City had to work hard to see off a determined Bournemouth side before Raheem Sterling and Ilkay Gundogan secured the win that sends them five points clear at the top of the Premier League.
Manchester city defeated a strong headed Bournemouth 3-1.
City’s victory maintains their 100% home record in the league this season, with eight wins out of eight, but this latest triumph was not as straightforward as the scoreline might suggest.
All seemed to be going to plan for Pep Guardiola’s side when Bernardo Silva smashed them ahead early on, with the Portuguese midfielder following up after Asmir Begovic had denied Leroy Sane.
Bernardo Silva scored an opener after a rebound from Asmir Begovic who parried Leroy Sane’s shot to the Portuguese playmaker.
David Silva was on the bench while Sergio Aguero complained of a muscle discomfort.
To the displeasure of the home fans, the Cherries were given far too much time and space to build outside the box and
Simon Francis swung in a perfect cross for Callum Wilson to rise and head home.
Bournemouth mouth equalized before the halftime through a perfect cross for Wilson Callum to rise and head home.
Bournemouth threatened again after half-time when King’s looping cross almost dropped in at the far post.
It was Leroy Sane and Sterling who threatened the Cherries’ defense with several crosses and runs. The England forward followed up after Begovic could only parry Danilo’s low shot and Nathan Ake failed to clear, firing into the roof of the net for his 10th goal in seven games against the Cherries.
With 11 minutes to the end of the time,
Leroy Sane provides the beautiful curly cross to Gundogan who scored a close range to ensure maximum point for the City.
Manchester United are lacking in “mad dogs” in midfield, manager Jose Mourinho said after his side recovered from a terrible start but were still held to a disappointing draw at struggling Southampton.
In another match at ST Mary’s Stadium Mourinho’s side were facing an embarrassing defeat early on as the Saints went into a 2-0 lead inside the opening 20 minutes.
However two goals in six minutes from Romelu Lukaku and Ander Herrera earning the visitors a point.
It was another poor performance from the Reds.
Mourinho bemoaned his side’s inability to show character when it matters.
“It doesn’t matter the system we play,” Mourinho said. “(Not winning) has to do with the characteristics of the players.”
“With all due respect, we don’t have many mad dogs that bite the ball and press all the time. We don’t have many people with that spirit.”
United move seventh with six points off a Champions League place and a massive 16 points below their city rival.
Southampton are still struggling within the relegation zone occupying the 18 the position.
Newcastle lost at home to West Ham 0-2 while Leicester City defeated Watford 2-0 in with goals from Vardy and Madison.
Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez said the difference in transfer budgets was a key reason as to why his side lost to fellow mid-table side West Ham.