Sergio Aguero (centre) celebrates scoring in Manchester City’s 5-0 FA Cup win less than a minute after coming on as substitute

Roberto Mancini takes credit for current Manchester City form, claiming they are no different to 'three years ago'

'The players scoring the goals are players that I bought - Sergio Aguero, Edin Dzeko, Yaya Toure and David Silva', says the Italian

Alvaro Negredo slides in to score his second goal

Manchester City v West Ham United: Alvaro Negredo the enforcer takes complete control as king of his domain

Sam Allardyce teams are not meant to be about timidity and deference but that is precisely what West Ham United presented yesterday at the Etihad Stadium. This is Alvaro Negredo’s backyard, his home turf, and West Ham allowed him to exert his  proprietorial authority  with barely a whimper of resistance.

Alvaro Negredo celebrates after he scores for Manchester City against Liverpool

Manchester City 2 Liverpool 1 match report: City show their class but Brendan Rodgers’ streetwise approach earns plaudits

City came back from a goal behind but it could have been Liverpool's day had Raheem Sterling been correctly ruled onside and Simon Mignolet not made a hash of the winning goal

Laurent Koscielny suffered a 'deep laceration to the knee' in this collision with Alvaro Negredo

Manchester City 6 Arsenal 3: Gunners suffer a further blow with influential Laurent Koscielny suffered a 'deep laceration to the knee'

Koscielny could miss the Gunners' entire festive period after he was carried off on a stretcher late in the first half of the comprehensive defeat

David Silva is set to return for the Manchester derby

David Silva set to return for Manchester City for the Manchester derby, manager Manuel Pellegrini reveals

Spanish winger has missed City's last two matches with a thigh injury

Fernando Torres celebrates one of his four goals against Tahiti

Confederations Cup: Fernando Torres scores four (despite missing a penalty) as Spain crush Tahiti 10-0

Spain advance to the semi-finals of the tournament

Sergio Aguero up against David Luiz

Manchester City wait on Sergio Aguero and David Silva ahead of Tottenham clash

Star duo could miss Premier League match at White Hart Lane

Roberto Mancini leaves Old Trafford with a smile on his face after victory over United
Roberto Mancini

Roberto Mancini bemoans lack of squad depth at Manchester City

Italian has already conceded the title to Manchester United

Patrice Evra might be tempted by a lucrative move to PSG

Patrice Evra grateful for arrival of Alexander Buttner at Manchester United

Left-back thankful for competition

Vincent Kompany is back to his imposing best for City

Manchester City are harder to get at than Manchester United says Fulham boss Martin Jol

Manchester City 2 Fulham 0: Fulham manager feels there is a toughness about the champions that sets them apart

Joe Hart: City goalkeeper defended his actions that led to United’s late winner in Sunday’s derby

Premier League title race far from over insists Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart

Manchester United have opened up a seven point gap

Roberto Mancini

Roberto Mancini: 'It's no problem, seven points'

Manchester City relaxed about United's advantage

Aston Villa captain Ron Vlaar: We must forget 'handball'

The Aston Villa captain Ron Vlaar admits his team-mates are still staggered at Andreas Weimann being penalised for a handball that never happened in the 5-0 defeat at Manchester City.

Manchester City midfielder James Milner

Manchester City welcome trio back from injury for trip to West Ham

Manchester City welcome back Javi Garcia, Pablo Zabaleta and James Milner for tomorrow's Barclays Premier League trip to West Ham but Micah Richards has been added to the injury list.

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Lauded therapist still in limbo as battle to stay in Britain drags on

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'I want to have contact with the audience, not iPhones'

Kate Bush asks fans not to take photos at her London gigs
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The late Peter O'Toole shines in 'Katherine of Alexandria' despite illness

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Wicken Fen in Cambridgeshire offers a rare chance to camp in a wetland nature reserve
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Comic Sans for Cancer exhibition

It’s the font that’s openly ridiculed for its jaunty style, but figures of fun have their fans
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Rory McIlroy a smash hit on the US talk show circuit

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Boy racer Max Verstappen stays relaxed over step up to F1

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Fear brings the enemies of Isis together at last

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