Watford 1 - 2 Man City | 04 Dec 2018

Understrength Manchester City racks up sixth straight win in EPL

Aguero missed City's 3-1 victory over Bournemouth on Saturday with a muscle strain, the Argentina forward watching from the stands as Guardiola's team moved five points clear at the top of the table. "Today we had a reason for the fragility".

Cedric Soares lined up the resulting free-kick 20 yards from goal and curled a superb effort over the United wall and into the top corner of De Gea's net.

That sparked what is fast becoming a trademark recovery from United. More impressive work from Rashford led to the second goal, the striker crossing for Ander Herrera to flick in deftly at the near post.

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

This time previous year, Pep Guardiola left City's record goalscorer on the bench for the Manchester derby at Old Trafford.

Manchester City were always unlikely to risk Sergio Aguero for the trip to Watford and it was no surprise he wasn't spotted among Pep Guardiola's charges boarding the train on Tuesday.

A third consecutive Premier League game without a win leaves United trailing in City's wake.

2:05                                            Highlights from Bournemouth's win over Huddersfield in the Premier League
2:05 Highlights from Bournemouth's win over Huddersfield in the Premier League

Sane helped City fight past Bournemouth on Saturday after Cherries striker Callum Wilson struck before half-time to ensure the sides were level at the interval, after Bernardo Silva had put the hosts into the lead.

Premier League football is back for a bumper midweek round of games.

Watford's miserable afternoon was compounded in the closing stages when Etienne Capoue was given a straight red card after an apparent two-footed challenge on Kelechi Iheanacho. That it is the challengers who make the champion better.

Six minutes later, it was 2-2 when Rashford got to the byline and cut the ball into the six-yard box, where Herrera nipped in front of his marker to score with a cute back-heel that McCarthy got a hand to but could not keep out.

"I think it is too early to see how decisive it is", Guardiola said of City's advantage. "I needed to make an impact".

Javi Gracia's team were confident enough to give City a game rather than spend 90 minutes sitting deep on a damage limitation exercise, but ultimately, it wasn't enough against the leaders.

Mathias Jorgensen opened the scoring for Huddersfield in the first minute, but they suffered a 2-1 defeat against Brighton, who came from behind to win for the first time in the Premier League.

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