Manuel Pellegrini enjoyed a dream start to his career as a Premier League manager after watching his Manchester City side thrash 10-man Newcastle United 4-0 at the Etihad Stadium.
David Silva broke the deadlock with just six minutes on the clock, sweeping home a perfectly weighted Edin Dzeko cross.
Sergio Aguero doubled City's lead in the 22nd minute, before Magpies defender Steven Taylor was red carded for an unnecessary swipe at the Argentine striker's head.
Yaya Toure added a third with a well taken free-kick after the interval, before substitute Samir Nasri completed the rout after breaking free of the Newcastle defence with 15 minutes remaining.
Pellegrini will have been delighted with the performances of midfield debutants Fernandinho and Jesus Navas, while Alvaro Negredo was denied a debut goal after coming on late in the game, when he was wrongly adjudged to have been offside.
In truth, the scoreline could have been much greater, if it wasn't for the inspired performance of Newcastle goalkeeper Tim Krul, who made a number of fine saves to keep a rampant Manchester City side at bay.
Alan Pardew will feel let down by centre-back Taylor, whose rash sending off left the visitors with a mountain to climb.
Yohan Cabaye's absence from the matchday squad will also be a concern for Magpies fans, on a day that Arsenal are understood to have lodged a £10million bid for the France international midfielder.
Early indications suggest that Manchester City will be right in the mix for the Premier League title race this season, with Pellegrini's £87million new-look squad starting the 2013/14 campaign in scintillating fashion.
By contrast, Pardew will hope to utilise the remaining two weeks of the transfer window, as he looks to further strengthen his squad before deadline day on September 1.
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