A Sergio Aguero hat-trick ensured Manchester City got back to winning ways in the Premier League after a 3-1 victory over Newcastle United at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday. The Argentina international deftly headed in Kevin De Bruyne's cross in the 34th minute, before converting a 63rd minute penalty to put City in command.
Newcastle rallied, with Jacob Murphy's first goal for the club four minutes later getting his side back in it, before City goalkeeper Ederson almost gifted the visitors a leveler but recovered well to deny Mohamed Diame. However, Leroy Sane set up Aguero seven minutes from time for his and City's third, as the home side bounced back from defeat at Liverpool to restore their 12-point lead at the top of the standings after Manchester United had briefly cut it to nine earlier in the day. Newcastle remain 15th."We need 10 more wins to be champions, and we'll try for more points," City manager Pep Guardiola said.
"It was important how we reacted at 2-1, we didn't panic."David Silva was restored to the City side, while injuries at left back meant Oleksandr Zinchenko was handed a full Premier League debut. However, Silva's presence didn't have the desired effect early on as City struggled to find any rhythm. Raheem Sterling did have the ball in the net in the 18th minute, only to be denied by the linesman's flag for being offside.
Then, out of nothing City took the lead. De Bruyne picked the ball up on the left and clipped a cross into the opposition penalty area, with Aguero getting the faintest of touches to glance the ball home. City continued to labor in attack until Sterling was fouled by Javier Manquillo to earn a penalty, which Aguero confidently converted."They are a very good team, our reaction was quite good. The penalty was a bit soft and it changed everything," Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez said.
Murphy then raced clear before finishing well to briefly unsettle City. Shortly after, Ederson was fortunate his error in failing to hold on to the ball wasn't punished by Diame. Newcastle continued to press, but they were caught on the counter as Sane brilliantly dribbled his way into the box before pulling the ball back for Aguero to net his 22nd goal this season in all competitions.
United beat Burnley
A superbly taken 54th minute goal from Anthony Martial gave Manchester United a hard-earned 1-0 win over Burnley at Turf Moor in the Premier League on Saturday.
Romelu Lukaku showed strength and skill as he held off two challenges on the right flank before delivering a perfect cross-field pass to Martial whose powerful shot crashed in off the under-side of the bar.
Burnley responded well, though, with Johann Berg Gudmundsson hitting the bar with a free kick and the Clarets put United under plenty of pressure throughout the second half.
United played a fluid formation with Lukaku as the lone central striker, Nemanja Matic the holding midfielder and then a flexible four of Martial, Paul Pogba, Juan Mata and Jesse Lingard.
That produced some attractive passing and movement from Mourinho's side but not always too much to worry a Burnley defence, marshalled by James Tarkowski and Ben Mee.
Likewise Burnley enjoyed plenty of possession, especially after Martial's strike, but did not pose enough of a threat in attack and when Gudmundsson did slip the ball across the face of goal, Tarkowski was unable to connect.