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Guardiola sets EPL record as City edge Sheffield United, Villa ease past Burnley

PEP Guardiola was not even in the dugout today but he set another English Premier League record as Manchester City defeated Sheffield United 2-1 at Bramall Lane.

The Spaniard is currently recuperating in Barcelona after undergoing back surgery and he supervised the match remotely, with his assistant Juan Manuel Lillo physically in charge.

City’s win today is their 200th in the Premier League under Guardiola in 269 matches, making him the quickest manager to reach that milestone.

He surpassed Sir Alex Ferguson, who needed 322 matches to reach 200 Premier League wins, and Jose Mourinho who took 326 games.

In the match proper, Rodri scored a late winner to earn City a tough victory over the battling newly promoted hosts, who are still in search of their first points of the campaign.

Erling Haaland, who missed a first-half penalty, opened the scoring for the champions three minutes after the hour mark but Jayden Bogle then pulled Sheffield United level with a fine strike after 85 minutes.

Spain midfielder Rodri then blasted into the top left corner from inside the box three minutes later to give City the win and take them to the top of the table.

This is the first time City have won the first three games of a campaign since Guardiola’s first season as manager in 2016.

Also today, Matty Cash scored twice as Aston Villa won 3-1 at Burnley, who remain without a point since their Premier League return.

Villa suffered a 5-1 thrashing at Newcastle United in their opening game but have since claimed three consecutive victories in all competitions.

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