An easier afternoon, he could not have had. Rarely tested by Sunderland and when he was called upon he was calm in his execution.
One of the rocks at the back. Along with Lescott he performed admirably at the back. Steady, strong and dependable. A stingy defensive display meant Sunderland were feeding off scraps.
Another solid display from the former Everton and Wolves centre-half. Was kept busy chasing Gyan and the Ghanaian lost him a couple of times but Mancini will have little to complain about.
The youngster doesn't get many chances in the first eleven. With Richards and Zabaleta unavailable, he was thrust into the fray. Showed a little inexperience at times but at 20 years of age that's to be expected. Was replaced by Ryan McGivern.
The City back four controlled their segment of the field all afternoon. Both individually and as a unit, they snuffed the Sunderland attacks when required and Kolarov held his end of the bargain up with little fuss.
Looked sharp and dangerous on his full return to the first team. Got City off to a great start with a well crafted goal with the help of Yaya Toure. Was a dangerous tool all afternoon and was warmly applauded as he was replaced with Patrick Vieira.
Was employed in a more attacking role. Aided Adam Johnson in scoring City's first of the game. From that point seemed to drift out of the game until he capitalised on slack defending to make it five.
N. de Jong
Was instructed by Mancini to act as a buffer for the back four. The Dutchman is clearly a physical player - see the World Cup final for proof - but he controlled himself in this one much to his credit. Forced Sunderland to play around him.
Surprisingly quiet. He normally gets plenty of highlights but apart from his goal he was a little left behind. Made a great deal of runs which never caught the attention of his teammates but was always looking for that elusive chink in the Sunderland armour.
What to say about Balotelli? He can be good, he can be awful. In this game he was up. Showed what he can do with some truly testing shots and was involved in City's third. His blocked shot was scooped up by Silva and if he shows more of this in the coming months City will have a great player on their hands.
Captain and leader in every meaning of the word. Was brought down after 13 minutes to earn the penalty which he coolly took. He continued to assault the Sunderland back line and was always looking dangerous.
Could do little about the first goal but he did get a hand on the Tevez penalty. Made an excellent point blank save from Johnson in the second half to keep it at two. From then on it just got worse and worse.
Made his long awaited return from injury, and will probably wish he hadn't. Nightmare day for the Black Cats and he will have to take his share of the blame.
Only made it as far as half time as he was replaced after the break by Al Muhammadi. Unless he picked up a knock Steve Bruce must not have been happy with what he saw.
Was fiery throughout. He must have upset Howard Webb previously because the ref was monitoring his every move with close scrutiny. When your team concedes five, the defenders will have a great many questions to answer.
Was culpable for the fifth goal but by that point the damage was done. It was an overall poor team display with nobody taking any plusses from the game.
Made way for Bolo Zenden in the second half and would not be happy with his contribution. Got the ball in good areas but never made the most of it.
Was busy and always trying. But there was little support around him to make the most of it. he will leave this game frustrated at the events that unfolded.
Won the Champions League last season and it must be asked why he didn't show that level of performance in this one. was replaced with Jack Colback when things were getting out of hand.
Cattermole has eight yellows and two reds so far this season, and it's easy to see why. The Sunderland skipper uses aggression to good use in the middle and he did more of the same today.
Following his England call-up he must have been buzzing. City burst that bubble. Steve Bruce has said it's unlikely Sir Alex Ferguson will sell him but on this display that may not be on the cards. Never got the ball where he wanted it and was frustrated all day.
One of the few plus points for Sunderland. Had a cheeky effort on goal go wide in the first half but never truly tested Hart.
- 1 C. Gordon
- 34 B. Adams
Ahmed El Mohamady
Replaced Bardsley at half time when the game was still 2-0. Was chasing the flowing City attack for much of the game and never imposed himself.
- 8 S. Malbranque
Replaced Muntari but by this point, the game was dead. Never got a chance to show what he could do.
The old stager came on in the second half. Showed moments of his undeniable skill but it was too little, to late. Worked hard to try to get a late goal for Sunderland.
- 38 C. Lynch