Manchester City 2-1 Leeds United: Match report, player ratings, fan reaction & more

Match report

Manchester City took another significant step towards retaining their Premier League crown on Saturday, courtesy of a narrow victory over Leeds United.

Pep Guardiola’s troops marked their return to action a short time ago.

Fresh off a remarkable nine victories on the spin, the Sky Blues welcomed relegation-battling Leeds to The Etihad, for the latter’s first outing under the watch of new boss Sam Allardyce.

And, when all was said and done on Saturday, City’s quality, as expected, proved telling.

Ilkay Gundogan stood as the star of the show, notching a brace inside the half-hour mark en route to an eventual 2-1 result.

The German did later set pulses racing when his missed spot-kick was swiftly followed by Rodrigo netting at the other end, but, in the end, Leeds’ creditworthy comeback efforts came up short.

Manchester City, in turn, have opened up a four-point advantage over Arsenal atop the Premier League table.

Leeds, on the other hand, remain 17th, clear of the drop zone owing to little more than goal difference.

Player ratings

Manchester City

Ederson - 5.5

Manuel Akanji - 6

Aymeric Laporte - 6.5

Nathan Ake - 6

Rico Lewis - 6.5

Ilkay Gundogan 8.5

Riyad Mahrez - 8

Julian Alvarez - 6

Kevin De Bruyne - 7.5

Phil Foden - 7

Erling Haaland - 5

Leeds United

Joel Robles - 5

Luke Ayling - 5

Rasmus Kristensen - 4.5

Maximilian Wober - 5.5

Junior Firpo - 4

Marc Roca - 5

Weston McKennie - 6

Adam Forshaw - 5

Wilfried Gnonto - 4.5

Jack Harrison - 4

Patrick Bamford - 4.5

Fan reaction

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Conor Laird

Conor Laird

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