The Story Of The Day As City Scrape Past Sunderland
Manchester City scraped a 2-1 win over Sunderland on the opening day of the Premier League season despite being largely dominant throughout the game.
The day started with the news that Willy Caballero was preferred in goal to Joe Hart who dropped to the bench:
Quite the message to Joe Hart.— Miguel Delaney (@MiguelDelaney) August 13, 2016
Pep Guardiola drops Joe Hart for his first game as Man City boss...his fall from grace is complete #MCFC— Kevin Palmer (@RealKevinPalmer) August 13, 2016
With the game underway, Guardiola only had to wait four minutes for the first City goal of his tenure. Sergio Aguero converted from the penalty spot after Raheem Sterling was fouled by Patrick Van Aanholt.
No mistake from Aguero. The Guardiola era gets off to a flying start— Sam Lee (@Sammy_Goal) August 13, 2016
18 - Sergio Aguero is the top scoring player in the @premierleague in 2016 (18 goals in 19 games); four more than Harry Kane (14). Lethal.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) August 13, 2016
While the much-derided Raheem Sterling was winning back a few fans:
Positives Today - Raheem Sterling ! 🙌— Rishav Singh (@RishMCFC) August 13, 2016
@sterling7 looked good. One of the best games I've seen him play.— abby williams (@abby_wils) August 13, 2016
City continued to dominate but disaster struck when Jermain Defoe equalised for the Black Cats in the 71st minute.
Defoe doing what he does best!! 1-1!!— Copa90 (@Copa90) August 13, 2016
You can just BANK on Jermain Defoe to score a late goal when his team is in need of a draw. Classy finish. Very consistent striker.— Liam Canning (@LiamPaulCanning) August 13, 2016
Guardiola was animated on the touchline as his team looked to turn the screw:
And what better way to seal the victory than an own goal by a former United man:
83' Paddy McNair comes on for his Sunderland debut— Squawka Football (@Squawka) August 13, 2016
87' Paddy McNair scores an own goal
Paddy McNightmare. pic.twitter.com/iwhMTbAYxg
Which got one frozen out City striker out of his chair:
So there you have it. Not quite the swagger and verve some fans were expecting but Pep's reign is underway with three points. Next up in the league, an away game at Stoke City next Saturday.