Pep Guardiola’s record-breaking Manchester City team took just two weeks of the Premier League season to return to the form that saw them dominate English football last time around. A hattrick from Sergio Aguero complimented by a governing performance from David Silva saw the Blues steal 6 goals and three points on their home debut.
The near-spotless performance was blemished only by a Terriers goal just before the half-time whistle. Here are the player ratings from a brilliant afternoon at the Etihad…
Ederson – 7
Ederson put in a pretty routine performance that well and truly peaked as he assisted Aguero for the opener with a long-ball assist that would have made both Xabi Alonso and Sam Allardyce proud.
Benjamin Mendy – 8
A potent attacking force for all 90 minutes, the World Cup winner provided 2 assists including an inch-perfect cross for Aguero’s hattrick goal. We really have missed him.
Aymeric Laporte – 6
All three centre-backs were relatively untroubled all game save from open play. Laporte helped control the game well and played a few well-placed diagonal passes.
Vincent Kompany – 7
Much like Laporte, our captain didn’t have his most troubling game in a City shirt. He helped dominate the ball and moved into midfield on occasion. An individual highlight was his quick defensive covering to prevent a dangerous Huddersfield counter in the second half.
John Stones – 6
Although largely in control of the game, Stones didn’t thrive in the wider position he occupied today and fell asleep for Stankovic’s prodded goal.
Fernandinho – 7
Dinho supported the team in the same way he always does, and helped carry City to victory.
Ilkay Gundogan – 7
The German did what was expected of him for the match, supporting the superb David Silva in midfield. Unfairly criticized in recent weeks, Gundogan impressed without shining too much.
David Silva – 9
From the first whistle, El Mago dominated the match until his departure on the hour mark. The entire attack relied on his movement, trickery, and passing, and even in a team of stars his performance today shone out like his midfield opponent Philip Billing’s hair.
Bernardo Silva – 7
Didn’t shine like he did in the Community Shield but forced a good save from Ben Hamer as he was unlucky to get a goal.
Sergio Aguero – 9 (Man of the Match)
The Argentine notched his 13th City hattrick in a stellar performance and was unlucky not to get a couple more. The prospect of him and Gabriel Jesus up front will terrify every Premier League defence in this campaign.
Gabriel Jesus – 8
Like his strike partner, he was unlucky not to score a couple more than he did but the young Brazilian threatened all game long and did well to strike at the near post.