Manchester City wrapped up an exceptional 2023 with a commanding 2-0 victory over Sheffield United, securing their place in third position in the Premier League. The win showcased City’s dominance, controlling 82% of possession and seeing goals from Rodri and Julian Alvarez.
Rodri, the hero of City’s Champions League triumph, opened the scoring with a powerful run through Sheffield United’s midfield, delivering a controlled finish into the bottom corner. The opposition, adopting a defensive approach, struggled to create meaningful attacks.
Julian Alvarez doubled City’s lead in the 14th minute, tapping home after a well-crafted move. The match highlighted City’s superiority, evident in their record-breaking 938 completed passes, the second-highest in Premier League history.
The victory marked a fitting end to a spectacular year for Pep Guardiola’s squad, which secured five trophies and scored 159 goals in 66 matches. City now sits just two points behind league leaders Liverpool, with the return of Kevin De Bruyne adding to their formidable prospects in 2024.
The day began with a celebratory parade of City’s trophies, acknowledging their achievements in 2023. A moment of silence followed to honor those connected to either club who passed away in the year.
City dominated early on, with Alvarez narrowly missing a chance within the first two minutes. Rodri’s goal showcased his brilliance, driving at the defense and slotting the ball into the far corner. Although Bernardo Silva and Kyle Walker had attempts, the score remained 1-0 at halftime.
As City bids farewell to an extraordinary 2023, the win positions them as serious contenders for the Premier League title in 2024. The squad’s depth, skill, and Guardiola’s tactical prowess continue to make them a force to be reckoned with in English football.
The second half saw increased energy, especially with the introduction of Oscar Bobb. Phil Foden’s efforts and Bobb’s creativity led to Alvarez’s second goal, securing the victory. City’s focus on possession in the closing stages resulted in an impressive 938 passes, sealing a third calendar year without a home defeat.