Maximum Premier League goal album: Man City create background with 157th strike across all contests

Maximum Premier League goal album: Man City create background with 157th strike across all contests

Manchester United fans will probably be far from happy their eternal rivals place a new landmark in their very own backyard

Manchester City are well called a free-scoring juggernaut beneath Pep Guardiola, but Wednesday night’s exploits against Manchester United took them to a different level yet again since they broke the record for goals scored by Premier League side at a year across all contests.

The highly anticipated derby started off as a cagey affair at Old Trafford, with neither side able to set their postage on the game in the initial 45 minutes regardless of the very best efforts of both sides.

Town came out swinging in the second half, however, together with Bernardo Silva’s low drive beating David De Gea in his near post to equal that the Citizens’ own listing of 156 targets across all of contests in one season.

This record was put in 2013-14 beneath Manuel Pellegrini, Sergio Aguero netting 28 occasions throughout the plank and Yaya Toure reaching 20 strikes at the league during a hugely successful season.

Town would not stop there against United on Wednesday, but together with Leroy Sane’s debut – apparently as a precaution as Fernandinho took a rather heavy knock – demonstrating additional bite to get a side seeking to play their stubborn cross-town competitions.

Plus it’d be Sane himself that broke the album, the German’s positional sense and speed discovering him in a ideal place of space close to the left border of this box to complete tough beyond De Gea – again in the Spaniard’s front pole.

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The conflict with Manchester United arguaby represented Guardiola’s largest challenge in keeping the Premier League title, with just Burnley, Brighton and Leicester left to watch off at a tightly-fought race together with Liverpool.

The Reds were just two points clear of City heading to the battle, though a triumph at Old Trafford sets the Citizens back in the driving seat with either side with just three top-flight matches left to playwith.

Liverpool has to win all their remaining matches – from Huddersfield, Newcastle and Wolves – and also expect City falter when they are to raise their first national league title because 1990.

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