Sunderland 0 Manchester City 3: City fans' returning hero revels in good Kompany

The delirious chanting from the Manchester City fans was all about Shaun Wright-Phillips.

"Shauny's coming home," they sang. Wright-Phillips did so on Friday, for £9m, having left three years ago for Chelsea for £21m. That deal got sweeter by the second yesterday as Wright-Phillips scored twice in a victory that was much too straightforward for Wearside's liking. Wright-Phillips scored twice in the League for Chelsea last season. When he moved to Stamford Bridge it took him 52 games to score. It took him 52 minutes yesterday.

Some players just fit at certain clubs and at City, Wright-Phillips belongs. He had seven seasons in Manchester before departing for London and at 26 is back at a club where he will be first-choice. He is also at a club on the up.

"Obviously it's a dream come true to come back and score two goals," Wright-Phillips said. "It's a great relief, I just wanted to come back to City and give 110 per cent. In the end it was comfortable."

City were higher, faster and stronger, qualities captured in the prowling presence of Vincent Kompany in front of the back four. At around £6m from Hamburg, Kompany, coveted by Real Madrid when he was teenager in Brussels, could be as good value as Wright-Phillips.

Having lost on the season's opening weekend, at Villa Park, this was a second consecutive 3-0 League win for Mark Hughes's team and considering they had extra-time in Europe on Thursday, this was evidence of a powerful recovery.

"We looked strong and energetic," said Hughes. "We were calm in possession, there were good angles to our passing and we got the goals at the right time. Shaun will get the headlines and rightly so, it's a fantastic story. It's not just his goals, it's his general play – he's going to bring a new element to our game. He's proved once again that he's exceptionally gifted. He's a better player now in his second City spell and we'll reap the benefits."

With Chelsea at home next, Hughes was asked if Wright-Phillips would be available. He spluttered at the thought that might not be the case. "Given the amount of money we have spent, I take it he's ours."

Also City's, Hughes confirmed, are Pablo Zabaleta, a £6.4m signing from Espanyol, and Gláuber Berti, a Brazilian on loan from Nuremburg, both defenders.

But as the players walked off, Vedran Corluka prolonged his stay in front of the City fans. Waving repeatedly in a gesture of apparent farewell, Corluka threw his shirt away, though Hughes said he "needed an update" on whether the Croat's move to Tottenham was still on. Whoever has Corluka has a real footballer. He was part of a back four that had to be robust during a lively opening. Djibril Cissé was given a home debut and he and El-Hadji Diouf combined usefully, while Steed Malbranque was creative on the right. Also there was Pascal Chimbonda, who clipped the bar with a cross.

There was a lot of noise, even if one week after a win away at Tottenham, less than 40,000 turned up. Another sign of the times. But after Diouf went close with a 44th-minute header, the volume dropped as City surged. At the edge of the area, Michael Johnson slid in a centre that Danny Collins failed to deal with. Craig Gordon almost saved from Stephen Ireland.

On the resumption, City built on the goal speedily. After Jo wasted a good chance, Wright-Phillips moved centre stage. First Kompany nicked the ball away from the lunging Nyron Nosworthy and Johnson ferried it to Jo. The Brazilian striker's cross-shot was met by Wright-Phillips on the run. He tapped the ball into an empty net.

With Sunderland drained and disoriented, City struck again, Collins and Phil Bardsley hesitating, Gordon doing the same and Wright-Phillips lifting Michael Ball's long punt around Gordon and in. That made for three goals in 14 minutes.

"A very bad day at the office," said Roy Keane, the Sunderland manager, "but there's no need to panic."

Goals: Ireland (44) 0-1; Wright-Phillips (52) 0-2; Wright-Phillips (58) 0-3.

Sunderland (4-4-2): Gordon; Chimbonda, Nosworthy, Collins, Bardsley; Malbranque, Leadbitter (Murphy, 60) Richardson, Reid; Diouf (Healy, 60) Cissé (Stokes, 60). Substitutes not used: Ward (gk), Higginbotham, Miller, Yorke.

Manchester City (4-3-2-1) Hart; Corluka, Richards (Ben Haim, h-t) Dunne, Ball; Hamann, Kompany, Ireland; Wright- Phillips (Elano, 85) Johnson (Fernandes, 81); Jo. Substitutes not used: Schmeichel (gk), Garrido, Sturridge Evans.

Referee: C Foy (Merseyside).

Booked: Sunderland Bardsley, Chimbonda, Healy, Richardson. Man City Richards, Kompany.

Man of the match: Kompany.

Attendance: 39,622.

PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
News
REX/Eye Candy
science
News
A photo of Charles Belk being detained by police on Friday 22 August
news
News
i100
Sport
Alexis Sanchez celebrates after scoring his first goal for Arsenal in the Champions League qualifier against Besiktas
sportChilean's first goal for the club secures place in draw for Champions League group stages
Arts and Entertainment
Amis: 'The racial situation in the US is as bad as it’s been since the Civil War'
booksAuthor says he might come back across Atlantic after all
Extras
indybest
Life and Style
Google Doodle celebrates the 200th birthday of Irish writer Sheridan Le Fanu
tech
Arts and Entertainment
Vinyl demand: a factory making the old-style discs
musicManufacturers are struggling to keep up with the resurgence in vinyl
News
i100
News
In Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind Jim Carrey and Kate Winslett medically erase each other from their memories
scienceTechnique successfully used to ‘reverse’ bad memories in rodents could be used on trauma victims
Arts and Entertainment
Singer Pixie Lott will take part in Strictly Come Dancing 2014, the BBC has confirmed
tv
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

Israel-Gaza conflict: No victory for Israel despite weeks of death and devastation

Robert Fisk: No victory for Israel despite weeks of devastation

Palestinians have won: they are still in Gaza, and Hamas is still there
Mary Beard writes character reference for Twitter troll who called her a 'slut'

Unlikely friends: Mary Beard and the troll who called her a ‘filthy old slut’

The Cambridge University classicist even wrote the student a character reference
America’s new apartheid: Prosperous white districts are choosing to break away from black cities and go it alone

America’s new apartheid

Prosperous white districts are choosing to break away from black cities and go it alone
Amazon is buying Twitch for £600m - but why do people want to watch others playing Xbox?

What is the appeal of Twitch?

Amazon is buying the video-game-themed online streaming site for £600m - but why do people want to watch others playing Xbox?
Tip-tapping typewriters, ripe pongs and slides in the office: Bosses are inventing surprising ways of making us work harder

How bosses are making us work harder

As it is revealed that one newspaper office pumps out the sound of typewriters to increase productivity, Gillian Orr explores the other devices designed to motivate staff
Manufacturers are struggling to keep up with the resurgence in vinyl records

Hard pressed: Resurgence in vinyl records

As the resurgence in vinyl records continues, manufacturers and their outdated machinery are struggling to keep up with the demand
Tony Jordan: 'I turned down the chance to research Charles Dickens for a TV series nine times ... then I found a kindred spirit'

A tale of two writers

Offered the chance to research Charles Dickens for a TV series, Tony Jordan turned it down. Nine times. The man behind EastEnders and Life on Mars didn’t feel right for the job. Finally, he gave in - and found an unexpected kindred spirit
Could a later start to the school day be the most useful educational reform of all?

Should pupils get a lie in?

Doctors want a later start to the school day so that pupils can sleep later. Not because teenagers are lazy, explains Simon Usborne - it's all down to their circadian rhythms
Prepare for Jewish jokes – as Jewish comedians get their own festival

Prepare for Jewish jokes...

... as Jewish comedians get their own festival
SJ Watson: 'I still can't quite believe that Before I Go to Sleep started in my head'

A dream come true for SJ Watson

Watson was working part time in the NHS when his debut novel, Before I Go to Sleep, became a bestseller. Now it's a Hollywood movie, too. Here he recalls the whirlwind journey from children’s ward to A-list film set
10 best cycling bags for commuters

10 best cycling bags for commuters

Gear up for next week’s National Cycle to Work day with one of these practical backpacks and messenger bags
Paul Scholes: Three at the back isn’t working yet but given time I’m hopeful Louis van Gaal can rebuild Manchester United

Paul Scholes column

Three at the back isn’t working yet but given time I’m hopeful Louis van Gaal can rebuild Manchester United
Kate Bush, Hammersmith Apollo music review: A preamble, then a coup de théâtre - and suddenly the long wait felt worth it

Kate Bush shows a voice untroubled by time

A preamble, then a coup de théâtre - and suddenly the long wait felt worth it
Robot sheepdog technology could be used to save people from burning buildings

The science of herding is cracked

Mathematical model would allow robots to be programmed to control crowds and save people from burning buildings
Tyrant: Is the world ready for a Middle Eastern 'Dallas'?

This tyrant doesn’t rule

It’s billed as a Middle Eastern ‘Dallas’, so why does Fox’s new drama have a white British star?