Pep Guardiola’s Premier League career as Manchester City manager got off to a less than impressive start this evening, with an own goal from former Manchester United defender Paddy McNair needed to see off Sunderland.
Guardiola caused controversy before the match by dropping long-term first choice goalkeeper Joe Hart, and opted for some interesting tactics by playing his full-backs so narrow that they looked like they were playing in central midfield at times.
City took the lead through a Sergio Aguero penalty after just four minutes, and despite having the lion share of the ball, Pep’s men couldn’t manage a second and Jermain Defoe looked like he’d stole a point for the visitors when he slid home the most Jermain Defoe goal ever scored on 71 minutes.
But, the Sky Blues got their head down and managed to create one last chance in front of goal, with substitute Fabian Delph playing his part in forcing McNair into putting the ball into his own net:
What did you make of Pep’s first league match in charge? Was it just us who found it a little bit underwhelming?