Man City 1 Sheffield United 0 LIVE: Chris Wilder and Pep Guardiola reaction as brave Blades suffer narrow defeat
Sheffield United will look to build on their midweek victory at Old Trafford when they face Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium this afternoon.
United face the league leaders in their second game in Manchester in the space of a few days, after Wednesday evening's shock 2-1 victory at Manchester United.
Stay with us for team news and build up, live match updates and then post-match reaction.
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Manchester City v Sheffield United LIVE
Last updated: Saturday, 30 January, 2021, 18:01
- Blades travel to Etihad looking to build on midweek victory over Man Utd
- Oli McBurnie is back in the Blades squad after injury but is only fit enough to make the bench
- Blades make FOUR changes - in come Burke, Brewster, Bogle and Egan
- Jagielka, Bryan, McGoldrick and Sharp drop to the bench
- Jesus put City ahead early on
Oli McBurnie’s post-match message after making his comeback
The striker has missed out in recent weeks with a shoulder injury, but came off the bench against City
‘My Blades have rediscovered their identity’
Bit of class from Pep
Wilder’s transfer admission
"I'm not so sure anything will happen at our club before Monday night.
"The players I've got, I'll work with and there's been a little change in us in recent weeks.
"There's still an incredible challenge in front of us and I'm not saying we're going to pick up wins left right and centre, but I think we'll give ourselves a chance of doing that.
"And that's all we can do with the team we've got."
Wilder on City
"They're an incredible side," Wilder added.
"They're fluent players and pop up in weird and wonderful positions. They test you and move you about, but we're incredibly disappointed with the manner of their goal.
"They could take you to the cleaners after an early goal, but they didn't. I wish Pep and his team all the best and looking forward to not playing them again this season."
Chris Wilder: There’s plenty left in the tank
"There's no pat on the back for a defeat but I think there's a manner to do it.
"It's been a stop-start season for us but I've seen a bit of a change in us over the last two or three weeks, getting back our identity a little.
"It's something to build on and as Pep Guardiola said before the game, he was looking at a team that was alive. I think we are alive and still got plenty in us."
It's the quality of the team, we don't have one player who wins the game by himself or scores three or four goals every game. The players understand that, we knew how difficult it would be today. It's a weird life for everyone at the minute so the victories show the personality of the players. We are going to drop points, it's going to happen, and I'm looking to see how we react.
Guardiola on Blades
I woke up and went out of my building and saw it was windy and we said it would be the toughest game we play this season. When you see Sheffield United at the bottom of the league, you realise why it's the toughest league in the world. We struggled with them every game, the physicality they have and organisation is outstanding. Our commitment was fantastic and we played really well. I'm incredibly grateful for the players, it was so difficult and we did it.
Today I see a team stick together and fight and complain at decisions and everything. And you know how difficult it will be when you play a team like that.
Pep Guardiola on his 500th win as City boss
They told me right now, it's good - a good number.
and City run out winners at The Etihad, but it wasn’t as straightforward as many observers may have predicted before kick-off. United were up against it from early in the game thanks to some pretty average defending, but they stayed in the game and could have nicked an equaliser when Fleck’s volley went just wide. Stay tuned for player ratings and post-match reaction from The Etihad