A cigar and slippers evening for the England No1, who had a ringside seat for the City masterclass.
A reminder of the commanding performer of the title-winning season. His best moment came when he broke up a Newcastle attack and then launched the counter-attack that led to City's second goal. Subbed as a precaution with 20 minutes left after picking up a knock.
On the day he committed his future to the club by signing a new four-year deal, the Argentine showed why he is so popular in these parts by attacking and defending with complete authority and poise.
Kept fellow Frenchman Ben Arfa quiet and surged forward at every opportunity. Could have scored a rare goal when picked out in box by Navas in the second half.
A relatively gentle assignment for the recalled centre-back but looked in control and did enough to suggest Nastasic will have to fight for his place when he returns to fitness.
Is there nothing he cannot do? Displayed yet another string to his extensive bow by marking his 100th Premier League appearance with an unstoppable, curling free kick.
Got the Pellegrini era off to a flyer with his predatory 6th-minute header. Involved in most of City's attacks without quite being at his best. Withdrawn with 10 minutes left.
Had a mixed first half when he was given licence to roam but looked far more at home in the second when he hugged the right flank and delivered a stream of inviting crosses.
Touch, technique and tackles. What a debut from City's £30m summer signing, whose central midfield partnership with Toure looks hugely promising.
Has a silky touch to complement his more earthy qualities and showed why he is far much more than a targetman by picking out Silva for the opener and then deftly setting up Aguero for the second.
Banished the memories of a sticky second season at City with a majestically taken goal from a difficult angle and a display full of the vim that was often lacking in 2012-13. Subbed at the hour mark.
Question marks about his positioning for Aguero's goal but made amends with an acrobatic save to keep out Dzeko's second-half header. Given little protection by Newcastle's under-fire back four.
Had a difficult assignment as a makeshift left-back before moving across to central defence following Taylor's red card.
The best of Newcastle's defenders but that was not saying much. Struggled with the A-list combination of Aguero's elusiveness and Dzeko's power.
Stood out not only for his heavily tatooed left arm but also some clumsy defending. Fortunate not to concede an early penalty when he brought Toure down in the box.
Looked uncomfortable in central midfield before limping off with injury at the end of the first half.
Got stuck in and made some important interceptions but needed more help from his colleagues.
Reduced to a trouble-shooting role, which did not make the most of his counter-attacking qualities.
H. Ben Arfa
Hauled off after an anonymous 64 minutes.
Combined on a few occasions with Gouffran early on, but lacked the velvet touch required to hold the ball up when Newcastle were reduced to 10 men.
Had looked reasonably bright in a central role before being sacrificed at the end of the first half following Taylor's dismissal.
Capably filled in at centre-back for the last 20 minutes after replacing the injured Kompany.
Took the fourth goal with aplomb in a bright half-hour cameo.
Unlucky not to score on debut after wrongly having a goal ruled out for off-side during his 10-minute cameo.