5 best players from Manchester City 3-1 West Ham

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Manchester City were impressive in their 3-1 win over West Ham United at the Etihad Stadium.

Two goals from Raheem Sterling and Fernandinho's header gave the title hopefuls the win that puts them joint-top of the Premier League

It was a bittersweet afternoon, though. Sergio Aguero is facing retrospective punishment after elbowing Winston Reid.


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Many thought it would take a few months for City's players to get the hang of Pep Guardiola's unique system but on this evidence, they know exactly what's required of them.

The Citizens join Manchester United and Chelsea on nine points from three matches. Early signs suggest the 2013-14 champions will be there right there until the end.

Guardiola's team were put under pressure when Michail Antonio made the score 2-1 but the game should have been dead and buried by the West Ham man's intervention. They were near-perfect in the opening 45 minutes.

We've picked the five standout players at the Etihad.

Raheem Sterling

Nobody has benefited from Guardiola's arrival more than Sterling. On the verge of becoming a very expensive flop last season, the England winger is brimming with confidence and took his two goals incredibly well.

John Stones

For £50 million, City fans are depending on Stones to be as good as Franz Beckenbauer. 

Now, nobody is comparing the young defender to The Kaiser but on this showing, he can certainly fulfil his potential.

He looked at ease in the first half before being replaced shortly after the restart with what appeared to be an eye problem. Guardiola will be hoping it's nothing serious.


Nolito was a menace for the hosts, continuing his impressive start to life at the Etihad.

The summer signing assisted Sterling's early goal and came close to getting on the scoresheet in the second half. 

Kevin de Bruyne

The Belgian might just be City's most important player behind Sergio Aguero.

De Bruyne's set-piece ability means they have a chance to score every time they receive a free-kick or corner, and it was from a free-kick taken by the former Chelsea man that Fernandinho scored his goal.

Arthur Masuaku

The West Ham left back was lucky to be on the pitch after clashing with Sterling but he made the most of his fortune by assisting Antonio's goal. The left back, a summer signing from Olympiakos, looks to be a fine addition by Slaven Bilic.

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