In one of the Premier League’s most entertaining games of the season, it could be the misses that prove to be more meaningful than the goals scored at the Etihad on Sunday afternoon. In an even first half, Manchester City could claim that they should have had a penalty as James Milner did enough to put off Raheem Sterling with an open goal only a yard away.
Second half, it was Milner who made the major impact at the other end after Gael Clichy conceded a penalty by clattering Roberto Firmino from behind with a high foot added into the mix. Milner scored his seventh penalty of the season to maintain his 100% record amid boos from the home support.
Sergio Aguero found the net to equalise for the home side though, making the most of Ragnar Klavan’s confusion to step off and fire home when presented with the opportunity to, despite missing a number of chances both before and after that.
Adam Lallana had the best chance of the game fall his way as Roberto Firmino completed a beautiful move by cutting back to the England international who missed the ball almost entirely with acres of time and space when he surely should have scored.
However, both managers made defensive substitutions late on as they seemed content with a point each, with neither prepared to risk their precious top four status as Manchester United keep up the pace behind them.
Read on over the next few pages to see what we have learnt from the game…