However, many football fans appear to have little sympathy for Pep Guardiola's team, as City are one of the richest clubs in the world, they're 15 points clear at the top of the table, and injuries are a problem for all sides at this stage of the season.
City were held to a 1-1 draw at Turf Moor when Johann Gudmundsson equalised late for the home side after Danilo had given Guardiola's men a first-half lead.
Despite the result, City are 16 points away from second placed Manchester United, who will host Huddersfield later today and 19 points from third placed Chelsea and Liverpool on Day 26 of the league.
But after taking the lead with a lovely strike from Brazilian Danilo in the 22nd minute, they failed to press home their advantage.
Sterling was then hauled minutes later for the young Braham Diaz, but speaking after the game, Guardiola insisted that had nothing to do with the miss.
Manchester City: Ederson 8, Kyle Walker 6, Danilo 8, Vincent Kompany 7, Nicolas Otamendi 7, Fernandinho 7, Ilkay Gundogan 7, Kevin De Bruyne 7, Bernardo Silva 6, Raheem Sterling 6, Sergio Aguero 6. If i miss a chance, don't speak to me. "I'm very pleased to take a point against them - but, of course, another game without a win".
"We played so good", Guardiola told Sky Sports.
City controlled the flow of play from the onset, but for all their pressure they struggled to break down a resilient Burnley defence early on. The former Manchester United defender said he should have named a youth-team player on the bench, even if it meant missing a game on Friday night to be involved against Burnley. Maybe people don't realise, but the way we played was outstanding.
"If you're a youth team manager at Manchester City, ring him up and ask which kid deserves that boost".
"The way we played today, in the build-up, the patience, defending the long balls, second balls, just... we just missed chances to score more goals".