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August 19, 2013 3:00 PM EDT
Etihad Stadium — Manchester
Referee:‬ A. Marriner‎
Attendance:‬ 46842‎
 
 
 
 
75′ Samir Nasri
 
   
 
 

Player ratings: Manchester City 4-0 Newcastle United

The Manuel Pellegrini era began in style as goals from David Silva, Sergio Aguero, Yaya Toure and Samir Nasri helped sweep aside the 10-man visitors.

By Wayne Veysey

  • Joe Hart
    14
    3
    3.00

    Joe Hart

    A cigar and slippers evening for the England No1, who had a ringside seat for the City masterclass.

  • Vincent Kompany
    23
    4
    3.50

    Vincent Kompany

    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.

  • Pablo Zabaleta
    21
    4
    3.50

    Pablo Zabaleta

    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.

  • Joleon Lescott
    17
    3
    3.00

    Joleon Lescott

    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.

  • Gael Clichy
    13
    2
    3.50

    Gael Clichy

    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.

  • Jesús Navas González
    28
    6
    3.00

    Jesús Navas González

    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.

  • David Silva
    20
    6
    3.00

    David Silva

    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 Withdrawn with 10 minutes left.

  • Fernandinho
    31
    11
    4.00

    Fernandinho Top of the Match

    Touch, technique and tackles. What a debut from City's £30m summer signing, whose central midfield partnership with Toure looks hugely promising.

  • Yaya Touré
    34
    2
    3.50

    Yaya Touré

    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.

  • Edin Dzeko
    77
    4
    3.50

    Edin Dzeko

    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.

  • Sergio Agüero
    24
    9
    4.00

    Sergio Agüero

    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.

Substitutions

  • Samir Nasri
    18
    6
    3.00

    Samir Nasri

    Took the fourth goal with aplomb in a bright half-hour cameo.

  • Javi García
    10
    5
    3.00

    Javi García

    Capably filled in at centre-back for the last 20 minutes after replacing the injured Kompany.

  • Negredo
    12
    7
    3.00

    Negredo

    Unlucky not to score on debut after wrongly having a goal ruled out for off-side during his 10-minute cameo.

  • Tim Krul
    15
    1
    3.00

    Tim Krul

    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.

  • Ryan Taylor
    2
    13
    0.00

    Ryan Taylor

    Could have given away a penalty for handball, but was quickly dismissed for clotheslining Aguero in the back of the head right in front of the referee.

  • Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa
    0
    15
    2.00

    Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa

    Had a difficult assignment as a makeshift left-back before moving across to central defence following Taylor's red card.

  • Mathieu Debuchy
    2
    10
    2.00

    Mathieu Debuchy

    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.

  • Fabricio Coloccini
    4
    4
    2.00

    Fabricio Coloccini

    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.

  • Moussa Sissoko
    3
    4
    3.00

    Moussa Sissoko

    Reduced to a trouble-shooting role, which did not make the most of his counter-attacking qualities.

  • Cheikh Tiote
    2
    5
    3.00

    Cheikh Tiote

    Got stuck in and made some important interceptions but needed more help from his colleagues.

  • Jonas Gutierrez
    1
    5
    2.50

    Jonas Gutierrez

    Looked uncomfortable in central midfield before limping off with injury at the end of the first half.

  • Hatem Ben Arfa
    7
    5
    1.50

    Hatem Ben Arfa

    Hauled off after an anonymous 64 minutes.

  • Yoan Gouffran
    1
    5
    2.50

    Yoan Gouffran

    Had looked reasonably bright in a central role before being sacrificed at the end of the first half following Taylor's dismissal.

  • Papiss Cissé
    2
    7
    2.50

    Papiss Cissé

    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.

Substitutions

  • Paul Dummett
    4
    2
    2.00

    Paul Dummett

    Did a reasonable job at left-back

  • Vurnon Anita
    2
    3
    2.50

    Vurnon Anita

    Replaced Gutierrez shortly before the break but unable to disrupt City's rhythm.

  • Sammy Ameobi
    1
    2
    2.50

    Sammy Ameobi

    Struggled to get involved after being brought on to add some muscle to the attack.

Results
 
Player Ratings
Tournament
Position
Ranking
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Luis Suárez Luis Suárez
Striker
Liverpool
29 0
Daniel Sturridge Daniel Sturridge
Striker
Liverpool
20 0
Yaya Touré Yaya Touré
Midfielder
Man City
18 6
Wayne Rooney Wayne Rooney
Striker
Man United
15 2
Sergio Agüero Sergio Agüero
Striker
Man City
15 0