Kyle Walker’s first-half goal is enough to give Manchester City the three points after 1-0 win over Sheffield United in the Premier League encounter at Bramall Lane on Saturday afternoon early kick-off.
Pep Guardiola side dropped further points last week in the frustrating draw at West Ham, and know they can’t afford to drop any more ahead of next week’s showdown against Liverpool.
Nathan Ake is back in the squad after missing the last three matches with Sergio Aguero, Gabriel Jesus, Benjamin Mendy and Fernandinho remain sidelined.
Walker, who came through the ranks at the Blades, struck midway through the first half with a superb long-range strike.
Manchester City side who dominated the first half, and they could have added another but for an excellent save by Aaron Ramsdale from Ferran Torres’ header.
Ramsdale did well again in the second half when he dived at full stretch to keep out a Riyad Mahrez free-kick.
But from then on the visitors struggled to find a second goal that would kill the game off and Sheffield United should have capitalised when substitute John Lundstram fired just over from Sander Berge’s cross.
That was as close as the Blades came as Manchester City took their third league win of the season to move into the top half of the table.
Sheffield United remain winless and in the relegation zone with just one point from their first seven games.