BBC journalist explains why Phil Foden didn't come on against Everton

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Manchester City are back to the top of the Premier League after a 3-1 victory against Everton at the Etihad.

It was a routine win for Pep Guardiola’s side with Gabriel Jesus scoring a goal either side of half-time.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin pulled one back for Everton but, just four minutes later, Raheem Sterling sealed a comfortable win.

Sterling had only been on the pitch for three minutes before he headed in from Fernandinho’s cross.

Shortly after Sterling’s goal, Kevin de Bruyne got 15 minutes on his return from injury.

However, City didn’t actually make a third substitution despite youngster Phil Foden being shown on the touchline ready to come on.

As the minutes ticked down, Guardiola eventually told the midfielder to sit back on and he wouldn’t be coming on.

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WHY FODEN DIDN'T COME ON

But the ball went out of play on a couple of occasions so why didn’t Foden come on?

Well, according to BBC journalist Simon Stone, it was because Guardiola didn’t to bring the 18-year-old on when defending a corner.

That may seem harsh but it also shows Pep’s amazing attention to detail.

Even with a couple of minutes remaining, Guardiola simply didn’t want to risk City conceding from a corner due to Foden not knowing his exact role from the set-piece.

Many fans - who probably weren’t aware of Guardiola's reasoning - felt sorry for the wonderkid who was made to stand on the sidelines in the cold before being denied an appearance.

FANS REACT TO FODEN'S SNUB

Check out the reaction on social media:

Man City fans will now be cheering on Manchester United on Sunday.

United travel to Anfield to take on Liverpool, with Jurgen Klopp’s side now needing a win to return to the top of the league.

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