Man United Go Top As City Look To Close Gap

Ross Houston
January 13, 2021

Sergio Aguero is not available for Manchester City's Premier League clash with Brighton on Wednesday, manager Pep Guardiola has confirmed.

Guardiola added that forward Raheem Sterling, who also missed the 3-0 victory over Championship Birmingham, was fit but defenders Nathan Ake and Aymeric Laporte were injured.

Still nursing the hangover from a humbling 3-1 Champions League quarter-final defeat at the hands of Lyon in August, they won only three of their opening eight Premier League games this term.

Their 13-game unbeaten run has come with minimal input from record goalscorer Sergio Aguero, who will be missing again as he self-isolates as a close contact of somebody who has tested positive for coronavirus.

"The momentum (can) arrive and disappear in one instant", Guardiola said on Tuesday.

"It's normal that, after good results and performances, the people visualise again that we can do it again in the way we did it in the past".

"All I am concerned about is Brighton", he said.

The visitors thought they had won the tie when Solly March struck from the edge of the penalty area with just 10 seconds of the 90 minutes remaining.

Brighton are fourth from bottom but Guardiola said he was a big fan of Graham Potter's team.

"At the same time, when you see them you are concerned about the quality".

Writing in his column for BBC Sport, Lawrenson said: "Manchester City are back - as in back playing well - and they made short work of Birmingham in the FA Cup on Sunday".

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