Manchester City’s early goal by Raheem Sterling put them back in winning ways.

Raheem Sterling swept in from Kevin de Bruyne’s cutback after 16 minutes to give City an early lead and they were able to hold on to secure all three points after back-to-back Premier League draws.

Man City conceded so many chances and invited their opponents on to them so often, that it isn’t just the likes of Liverpool who will take comfort.

Southampton were unable to create clear-cut chances, despite continuing to dominate possession in the latter stages of the first half.

The hosts were hit by the early departure with an injury of leading scorer Danny Ings and, despite second-half pressure, could not find an equaliser.

In a tightly contested second half, Bernardo Silva miscued his shot after being played in by De Bruyne, while the hosts had appeals for a penalty for handball against Sterling dismissed by VAR.

Man City are one point behind fourth-placed Southampton and eight adrift of leaders Liverpool, having played one game fewer than both.

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