Impossible to accurately judge as he had virtually nothing to do.
Little to do defensively but important in attack as City tried to break down Villa's stubborn defence. Some dangerous crosses throughout and set up Dzeko's crucial opener.
Never troubled defensively by Villa. Maybe could have stepped into midfield more as the visitors showed so little attacking ambition. Good overhead kick saved by Guzan just after the restart.
Comfortable evening for the Argentine centre-back. Never troubled by Bowery and read the game well.
The Serbian whipped in some dangerous crosses from the left side but never picked out a man. Great free-kick in the second-half kept out by Guzan.
Lacked a little sharpness and creativity in the final third but always busy and willing on the right side of City's midfield. Great cross for Nasri at the end of the first-half.
Sat in front of the midfield but a defensive screen wasn't really needed given City's dominance and Villa's lack of attacking ambition. Needed to do more in possession.
Looked a little off the pace but some lovely touches in between the lines.
The Ivorian rather ambled through much of the game. Saw plenty of the ball but didn't play with his customary drive. That's until the final moments when he went on a storming 60 yards run and finished calmly.
The Frenchman saw plenty of the ball but often looked frustrated. Had a few chances, the best of which he poked wide on the volley just before half-time. Strike from 12 yards forced the second goal.
Took his tally to five goals in his last three games and has played a huge role in the title race. Sharp movement for the opener and used his striker's instincts for the second.
Dominated his penalty area and made some important saves, the best of which kept out Toure's first-half effort. Should have done better with Nasri's strike for City's second.
Might have been identified as a week link by City. Perhaps caught on his heels slightly for Dzeko's goals.
Generally a solid enough display but caught ball-watching in the build-up to Dzeko's goal and was punished for failing to cover.
On the whole a solid display and did well in one-on-one situations against Nasri.
Never looked comfortable when City doubled up on his side, particularly when Zabaleta overlapped. No surprise that both goals came from his side.
Organised Villa's back five impressively and made some important interceptions, despite the scoreline.
K. El Ahmadi
Worked hard defensively and had chances on the counter-attack but lacked support.
Full of energy in central midfield as he harried City midfielders and made important challenges.
Sat in front of the back four and took up good defensive positions as City controlled the ball. Had few opportunities to show his range of passing.
The youngster was selected to lead the line for the visitors but had few opportunities to show his qualities as he was totally isolated. Received a bang to the head early on.
Hardly any involvement of note. Had a chance in the first-half on the counter-attack but scuffed his shot from 25 yards when he should have taken the ball on - and hit the crossbar with a late header.