Sergio Aguero nets as Manchester City battle to opening win

Sergio Aguero nets as Manchester City battle to opening win

But Jamie Murphy - on for Chelsea loanee Izzy Brown, who hobbled off after 23 minutes - could not bring down a diagonal pass. With Vincent Kompany spending a lot of time on the sidelines last season - they will need him fit if they are to fight for the title at the end of the season.

Manchester United will be sure to be keen to build on their disappointing sixth-placed finish in the Premier League in Mourinho's second campaign in charge at the club. That was actually their only loss of the summer, which does show they are in good form.

"It has been incredible, I go back to when we last got promoted", lifelong Brighton fan Derrick George said.

Referee: Michael Oliver 9 - Brilliant spot to rule out a Jesus goal for handball and got most of his other decisions correct.

"I feel the same pressure as Barcelona when I arrived. So big congratulations to all people working with City, we are a strong Club".

"Of course, it had an influence on me [the presence of Pep Guardiola here]".

"We bought three and the market is so demanding for all the teams not just us". Their pre-season exploits have been quite impressive as well, thus leading to increased expectations.

Aguero's partnership with Gabriel Jesus looked threatening throughout, with Jesus having a goal disallowed for handball and Aguero wasting a clear chance before his eventual breakthrough.


They'll also face the Merseyside teams both at home, sandwiching their third tie away to Bournemouth and then away to Watford - a side with which they concluded their last campaign.

'I am looking forward to play in the Premier League for one of the best teams in England and I will do my best to help the team achieve their goals. Across the pitch, City has players capable of tearing opposition teams to shreds.

Man City provided Brighton with a rude awakening to life in the top-flight but there are plenty of signs they can beat the drop in their debut season.

The Citizens travel south to take on Brighton today, kick-off is scheduled for 17:30 (GMT). Chris Hughton's side had the league title in their own hands but one point from their last three matches saw Newcastle snatch that honour from them on the final day.

The newly promoted side held the experienced City side to a goaless score till the 70th minute when Sergio Aguero opened scoring for the visitor.

"Hopefully next season I will be here and we will not spend how we spent this season", Guardiola told reporters ahead of City's Premier League opener at Brighton on Saturday.

The formation allows an extra man in midfield, which has proved to City's advantage in warm-up victories over Tottenham, Real Madrid and West Ham.

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