Manchester City breezed past Burnley in their first fixture after the international break, with a quick-fire double from Bernardo Silva and Fernandinho adding to Sergio Aguero’s opener, before Riyad Mahrez and Leroy Sané completed a 5-0 rout late on.
It was a deserved win and other than one of two moments, Burnley offered little in the way of attack, while at the other end City missed a series of chances but managed to find the net five times.
Here’s how we rated the players as the Blues went two points ahead of Chelsea at the top.
Ederson – 6
The Brazilian goalkeeper had almost nothing to do against a Burnley side often on the defensive. As always his passing was tidy with an 87.2% pass completion rate. Busier days await Ederson.
John Stones – 7
Made an important block to deny Burnley in their best chance of the game. He played on the right side of a back three today and was allowed to move up the pitch. Solid performance.
Benjamin Mendy – 8
Much has been said about Mendy’s attitude and fitness but on his return to the side, the French international was a menace down the left and had little defending to do. Mendy made 6 crosses, 4 of them accurate, more than anyone else on the pitch and got his assist late on when his cross found Leroy Sané.
Vincent Kompany – 6.5
There were signs of deterioration in Kompany as early as the first minute when he was booked for a high challenge on Aaron Lennon. He did make one or two good tackles and looked better as the game went on.
Aymeric Laporte – 7
Although the hosts were rarely troubled, it was a solid game at the back for City’s reliable January signing. He can tackle, get physical and pass with the best of them. Only Fernandinho had a better pass accuracy than Laporte today.
Fernandinho – 8.5
Is Fernandinho in decline? If so he didn’t show it today and was one of the best players on the pitch, doing a little bit of everything. 84 passes, 2 tackles, 1 goal, 1 assist – you couldn’t ask for a much more complete performance by the experienced Brazilian.
Bernardo Silva – 7.5
Scorer of City’s second goal, which probably shouldn’t have stood after replays showed the ball went out of play before – but that could be seen as karma after Leroy Sané was denied a penalty in the build-up. The little Portuguese playmaker has become one of City’s most important players.
David Silva – 9 (Man of the Match)
Like a fine wine, El Mago just gets better and better. Having retired from international duty, the midfielder was fresh and put in a complete performance full of class and style, assisting City’s first two goals scored by Aguero and Bernardo.
Riyad Mahrez – 9
Mahrez was brilliant today with a performance highlighted by a series of beautiful crosses into the box, the first of which Aguero should have buried. When presented with goal scoring opportunities of his own, the Algerian was wasteful until he curled an effort past a helpless Joe Hart in the 83rd minute. He’s not at his very best yet but Mahrez is more and more resembling the player we saw at Leicester and he was a close contender for MOTM on Saturday.
Leroy Sané – 8
Sané’s problems are behind him and he’s now putting in consistent performances, with today no exception as he played his part in goals and scored one of his own late on the day. Matt Lowton couldn’t handle him.
Sergio Aguero – 7
It could be said that Aguero is a better team player than ever, but he was wasteful today, squandering a series of chances. Luckily he did get on the score sheet and is now up to 149 Premier League goals.
Kevin De Bruyne – 7.5
The Belgian made his long awaited return off the bench and made passes like only he could, showing that he may regain his form quickly after a lengthy spell on the sidelines. His presence will be crucial in the months ahead.
Gabriel Jesus – 6
Aguero’s replacement could have added to the goals but couldn’t make the most of his chances.
Phil Foden – 7
With only 15 minutes to show his stuff, the local boy played some silky passes and looked the part. He can surely expect more starts soon if he continues to show his talent in these cameos.