Manchester City survive Cheltenham scare to secure FA Cup Fifth Round spot

City struggled to break down their determined hosts in the opening hour as home striker Alfie May had the Town dreaming of an incredible upset.

However, it wasn’t to be in the final ten minutes as a Phil Foden inspired City finally edged their way through.

City dominated possession as expected in the opening half hour but Cheltenham skipper Ben Tozer denied them a opener as he headed Benjamin Mendy’s drive off the line.

The visitors did look to up the tempo a notch or two after the break as Gabriel Jesus wasted a brilliant chance.

And that lack of decisiveness was to cost City on the hour mark as May reacted quickest to Tozer’s long throw as he smashed home past Zak Steffen.

That goal tested City nerves in the final 10 as man of the match Foden finally volleyed them level.

That intervention cracked the Cheltenham confidence in the final few minutes however as a ruthless City powered with strikes from Jesus and Ferran Torres.

Full Time at the brilliantly named Jonny Rocks Stadium it’s Cheltenham 1 Manchester City 3

Manchester City stroll in FA Cup Fourth Round with Birmingham City win

City were dominant through at the Etihad with the game wrapped up inside their first half thanks to a brace from Bernardo Silva and Phil Foden’s brilliant strike.

Silva has found himself on the edge of Guardiola’s plans so far this season but the Portuguese star crashed home a fine opener.

Birmingham never really recover form that setback as Silva quickly made it 2-0 before fans favourite Foden bulleted home a third.

And it was all one-way traffic again after the break as Silva was expertly denied a hat trick by visiting keeper Andre Prieto.

Birmingham did almost nick a consolation late on as winger Jeremie Bela tested Zak Steffen but it wasn’t to be on a straightforward afternoon for City.

Full Time at the Etihad Stadium it’s Manchester City 3 Birmingham City 0

Manchester City cruise to 3-1 Premier League win at Chelsea

City impressive run of recent form puts them just four points behind leaders Liverpool as goals from Ilkay Gundogan, Phil Foden and Kevin De Bruyne secured a massive result in London.

Guardiola’s team were on their A game from the start in this one with a 20-minute blitz putting them 3-0 up before the break.

German star Gundogan smashed home his third goal in four games to get City going before Foden brilliantly swept home De Bruyne’s cross.

And the Belgian talisman wasn’t to be denied his own goal before the half time break as he started and buried an emphatic City counter attack.

Chelsea’s chances of a comeback vanished almost immediately after the restart as wave after wave of City pressure kept Edouard Mendy busy from Rodri and De Bruyne.

The hosts did notch a consolation in added time, as Kai Havertz’s cross was slid home by fellow sub Callum Hudson-Odoi, but there was very little to shout about at the end as the pressure grows on Frank Lampard.

Full Time at Stamford Bridge it’s Chelsea 1 Manchester City 3

Manchester United and Manchester City battle out 0-0 derby draw

Neither side were really able to impose themselves on the night at Old Trafford, but the under-pressure Norwegian will be relieved to have snatched a point.

City did carve out the only real chance of the first 45 as Riyad Mahrez missed a perfect chance to put them in front on 35 minutes.

Gabriel Jesus led the City charge from half way and he slipped in Mahrez inside the box.

But his poor effort was easily blocked by David De Gea with Kevin De Bruyne lashing over from the rebound.

United looked to start the second half with a bit more purpose and Marcus Rashford looked to have won a clear penalty just after restart.

The England man went down under a late challenge from Kyle Walker, but referee Michael Oliver went back on his original call after VAR ruled offside against Rashford.

City managed to wrestle some control back from the hosts as the second half wore as Harry Maguire produced a game winning block to deny De Bruyne.

United almost eked out a late winner with eight minutes left, but Bruno Fernandes rushed his weak strike and Ederson gobbled it up

Full Time at Old Trafford it’s Manchester United 0 Manchester City 0

Riyad Mahrez nets a hat trick as Manchester City crush Burnley 5-0

Pep Guardiola’s side have been in dire need of a dominant performance in recent weeks, and a hat trick from Riyad Mahrez power his side to all three points.

City dominated this one from start to finish at the Etihad, with Mahrez edging them in front after six minutes.

James Tarkowski gifted possession to Kevin De Bruyne just inside his own half and the Belgian fed the rampaging Mahrez to fire a brilliant effort past Bailey Peacock-Farrell.

And Burnley were to shoot themselves in the foot yet again on 24 minutes, as Mahrez seized on a loose ball on the edge of the box and fired an unstoppable effort home.

With the Clarets simply chasing shadows before the break, a brilliant team goal from Benjamin Mendy essentially sealed the tie before the break.

De Bruyne was once again at the heart of it for City, finding Mendy on the overlap after a 25 pass move, and the French full back powered into the far corner.

And there was to be no slowing down from Pep’s men after the break as they continued to tear Burnley to bits.

Ferran Torres got himself in on the act on the hour as he tucked home another City passing carousel, before Mahrez completed a hat trick just after.

The Algerian was unplayable for Burnley on the day and he bulleted home a header from Phil Foden’s clever cross to make five goals and three points for Pep.

Full Time at the Etihad Stadium it’s Manchester City 5 Burnley 0

Manchester City clinch narrow 1-0 win over Arsenal

Raheem Sterling’s first half strike proved to be the difference between the two sides as Pep Guardiola got revenge for City’s FA Cup semi-final defeat in July.

City enjoyed the bulk of possession in the opening stages as Arsenal set their stall out to counter at pace.

But with the Gunners struggling to cope as City went up through the gears Sterling tucked home brilliant opener.

Riyad Mahrez’s pass cut out three Arsenal defenders and after Bernd Leno could only parry Phil Foden’s effort, Sterling pounced on the rebound.

That gave the impetus to City and Leno had to be at his sharpest to deny Mahrez and Foden.

However, Arsenal worked hard to stay in the game before the break as new England international Bukayo Saka brought an instinctive stop from Ederson.

The Gunners looked to take advantage of City’s struggles to find a second after the restart as Nicolas Pepe tested Ederson.

Mikel Arteta’s side bossed the closing stages with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Granit Xhaka both testing Ederson but in the end the home side have enough to hold on for the win.

FULL TIME AT THE ETIHAD STADIUM IT’S MANCHESTER CITY 1 ARSENAL 0