Kyle Walker’s first-half strike was enough to see his current side Manchester City beat his childhood club Sheffield United 1-0 in the Premier League.

The right-back came through the Blades academy and amassed 35 first-team appearances over two spells, but it was his goal from range in the 28th minute which sealed all three points for Man City.

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Sheffield United goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale made a number of saves to deny the visitors and the Blades were an improved side in the second half, but they lacked a finishing touch. John Lundstram – who has turned down an improved deal with the club – lifted an effort just over the crossbar in the 70th minute in the pick of their chances.

It leaves Chris Wilder’s side without a Premier League win this season and they remain in 19th place with one point. The victory moves Man City into seventh ahead of the remaining weekend’s games and they are now unbeaten in seven matches across all competitions.

Next, Sheffield United will be back in action on Saturday when they travel to Chelsea in the Premier League.

It is a huge week for Man City too, firstly facing Olympiakos at home in the Champions League on Tuesday. It is then a visit of their Premier League title foes Liverpool on Sunday.