On a dark night in the North East, Manchester City took the Stadium of Light by storm with an effortless demolition of Sunderland.
Sporting their new luminous third-kit, goals from Kevin De Bruyne, Raheem Sterling, Sergio Aguero and a Vito Mannone own goal capped off a superb night for the Citizens - a night in which the Sky Blues put aside the memory of their two previous home games and sent out a message.
No-one put a foot wrong for City in what was a dominating display; Kevin De Bruyne scored and assisted on the night racking, while Sergio Aguero ended his goal drought with a penalty, even though he did miss a sitter.
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However, despite all of the Citizens' stars impressing on the night, for one player, it was a match of redemption. Redemption for midfield ace Fernando.
The 28-year-old impressed and was most definitely man of the match. As far as the Blues were concerned, he didn't set a foot wrong.
The former Porto man constantly broke up play, dominated the midfield with Yaya Toure, kept possession well and looked professional on the ball all game; to cap it off, he was also involved in the build-up for City's third goal of the night.
This performance has sent a message to Manuel Pellegrini that his time at the Etihad isn't quite up yet. He is to fight for his place, keep Fernandinho on his toes and ultimately prove his worth.
After this solid performance, Pellegrini has yet another selection dilemma on his hands...
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