Manchester City got back to winning ways as they thrashed Newcastle United 5-0 in a one-sided Premier League encounter at the Etihad Stadium.
Stung by a surprise loss at Southampton on Sunday, Pep Guardiola’s side looked more like the team that hammered new champions Liverpool last week in another emphatic home performance.
City took full advantage of the injury woes which forced Newcastle boss Steve Bruce into six changes, tearing through the visitors almost at will.
The Magpies, without the dangerous Allan Saint-Maximin and with Miguel Almiron only fit enough for the bench, offered little in return.
It did not take long for the opener to come and Gabriel Jesus will have been relieved to get it.
After nine games without scoring and unfavourable comparisons to Sergio Aguero, the Brazilian was in need of a goal.
It was teed up nicely for him by David Silva, who swept in a low cross from the left, and Jesus calmly tucked home.
City’s second came after 21 minutes when they carved Newcastle open again.
This time it was Riyad Mahrez who finished with ease, turning home after Kevin De Bruyne’s cutback.
It was De Bruyne’s 18th assist in the Premier League this season.
City spurned a number of chances to increase their lead with Phil Foden uncharacteristically guilty of a couple of bad misses, which even for a man of 20 should have been gobbled up.
A Newcastle own goal saw City claim their third just before the hour.
Jesus wriggled between Toon defenders in the box, before Matt Ritchie nicked the ball from his feet – his attempted clearance behind struck teammate Federico Fernandez, and the subsequent deflection was out of reach for the scrambling Martin Dubravka between the sticks.
City’s fourth came soon after following a foul on substitute Raheem Sterling just outside the area.
David Silva was delegated the free kick, and from the set piece showed exactly why he is so revered.
The Spaniard, who is leaving the club at the end of the season, stepped up and clipped past Dubravka magnificently from 20 yards.
City continued to stretch Newcastle and claimed a fifth in added time when they burst forward again, with the influential Silva playing in Sterling for a simple finish.
Final score: Manchester City 5-0 Newcastle United