The midfielder was at the heart of everything the visitors did and was at his majestic best to pick West Brom apart. He flicked on Yaya Toure's shot in the opening goal and set up Vincent Kompany's header for City's third. Albion resorted to fouling the Spain international to stop him as he ran the game at The Hawthorns.
MOMENT OF THE MATCH
Toure's strike to put Manchester City 2-0 ahead lit up The Hawthorns and was in complete contrast to the visitors' scrappy opener. There was no debate who the scorer was this time when Toure wrapped his foot around the ball to smash it into the top corner after swapping passes with Wilfried Bony. The midfielder will hope to have laid the foundations to a more consistent season this year.
VIEW FROM THE BENCH
Manuel Pellegrini knows he must deliver this season and City sent out a clinical message to their title rivals. They were too strong for the Baggies and will have harder games, but Pellegrini will be pleased with their ruthless edge. Tony Pulis replaced debutant James McClean with Claudio Yacob at the break in a bid to stem the Manchester City tide, but it failed to rescue the game for the below-par Baggies.
MOAN OF THE MATCH
Albion offered little resistance to City in the first half and it was over as a contest by the break. West Brom fans would have been looking for more fighting spirit from Pulis' side with the manager now crafting his own squad. But the Baggies never looked like getting back into the match once they fell behind.
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