City's character pleases Guardiola as they scrap to win over Bournemouth

City's character pleases Guardiola as they scrap to win over Bournemouth

City's character pleases Guardiola as they scrap to win over Bournemouth

Aguero missed City's 3-1 victory over Bournemouth on Saturday with a muscle strain.

Romelu Lukaku gave United a lifeline when he slotted home from Rashford's pass in the 33rd minute as the Belgian striker grabbed his first goal in 13 games.

He recently also failed to score in Manchester City's 3-1 win against Bournemouth this Saturday.

Should Diaz leave, it will be the second time in recent seasons one of City's brightest prospects has made a decision to leave the Etihad, after Jadon Sancho joined Borussia Dortmund last summer in search of regular first-team football.

City, who are yet to lose a match in the Premier League so far this term, now top the league table with 38 points from 14 games.

Bournemouth suffered its sixth loss of the season and provisionally holds the ninth spot with 20 points.

Manchester City's progress in recent seasons means they are no longer vulnerable to losing key players to the likes of Barcelona and Real Madrid, according to Pep Guardiola. David Silva, Ilkay Gundogan and Sergio Aguero scored for Guardiola's side whereas Anthony Martial was the only goalscorer in Manchester United's ranks.

"Doctors, physios, instinct, what I see, many reasons", Guardiola said about those who did not play. In the 44th minute, Simon Francis swung in a flawless cross for Callum Wilson to rise and head home.

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"I think the result is quite fair in spite of the fact we were more dominant in the game", Mourinho said. Unfortunately I was out of the Champions League match [against Lyon] that I really wanted to play.

The Reds fell behind to an early Stuart Armstrong strike and when Cedric doubled Southampton's lead from an excellent free-kick the signs looked ominous.

"I wouldn't say it's impossible because I don't believe in that word but it's as hard as you will get in football".

"Hopefully I make the best out of my next chance".

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Crystal Palace ended an eight-game winless run in beating third-to-last Burnley 2-0 to move three points clear of the relegation zone.

While City only lost twice in the Premier League last season, two cup runs were halted in dramatic fashion - losing home and away to Liverpool in the Champions League and suffering a shock defeat to League One side Wigan Athletic in the FA Cup.

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