Manchester City avoided dropping points, however, with a substitute sparing their blushes in a 1-0 win at Sheffield United, while there was plenty of drama at the bottom of the table.
City handed Aymeric Laporte his first appearance since August at Bramall Lane, the Frenchman having recovered from a serious knee injury.
But he was given some rough treatment by the Blades – with Muhamed Besic catching him with a heavy challenge early on.
City did enough in the first half to take the lead, but Dean Henderson was in excellent form between the United posts, making several impressive saves and keeping out Gabriel Jesus’ penalty.
But the visitors’ persistence paid off. Sergio Aguero came off the bench to get the winner 17 minutes from time, finishing clinically after a glorious pass from Kevin De Bruyne.
That moves them six clear of Leicester City in third, though the 13-point gap behind leaders Liverpool remains daunting.
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