1.) Stoke City 1 Manchester City 4
After a nervy first game of the season against Sunderland, City needed to make a statement in their first away game of the season at Stoke, a ground where City have struggled. Indeed, last season, two Arnautovic goals fired Stoke to a 2-0 victory. However, City approached this game very differently and quickly lead 2-0 through two Sergio Aguero goals. Despite a Bojan penalty increasing pressure on City, two goals from Nolito rounded off a crucial win
2.) Manchester City 3 West Ham United 1
Following on from the Stoke away win, this home win against West Ham United was arguably a more impressive performance and set the tone for someone who has been the most improved City player from the previous season: Raheem Sterling. Much maligned after a poor 2015/16 and Euro 2016; Raheem Sterling has come on well this season and this game was arguably his strongest. Two well taken goals by Sterling succumbed the Londoners to a comprehensive beating. Nigel Rothband of The Man City Show Podcast believes this is an example of the type of game that City play outstanding football in for periods, but need to show that sort of form for 90 minutes, as City allowed West Ham back into the game.
3.) Manchester United 1 Manchester City 2
Old rivals Pep Guardiola and his Manchester United counterpart Jose Mourinho met at Old Trafford in a game that is becoming one of the biggest on the world stage. Both sides had to make an impact going into this game, but it was City that impressed. An exceptional first 40 minutes saw City leading 2-0 through goals from Kevin De Bruyne and Kelechi Iheanacho, who was in for the suspended Sergio Aguero. Despite an iffy performance by Claudio Bravo and Zlatan Ibrahimovic pulling a goal back for United, City held on.
4.) West Bromwich Albion 0 Manchester City 4
City needed to make a statement away at the Hawthorns when they played West Bromwich Albion. After weeks of speculation in the media over the future of forward Sergio Aguero, he silenced all his critics by scoring two outstanding goals to put City 2-0 up. City continued to play strong attacking football and two goals from German midfielder Ilkay Gundogan ended the poor run and set City up for their meeting with Barcelona.
5.) Manchester City 3 Barcelona 1
Simply put, this was one of the finest Manchester City performances in recent years. If critics doubted that beating West Brom could redeem Pep Guardiola and his side after a poor run, this game succeeded tenfold. Whilst the first half was somewhat closer, with Lionel Messi giving Barcelona the lead and Gundogan’s equaliser coming somewhat against the run of play, the second half proved just how good City could be. Following the break, City played with confidence and panache and, apart from a chance for Andre Gomes, which hit the bar, completely outclassed the Catalans. Kevin De Bruyne and Ilkay Gundogan wrapped up the points, but truthfully, the second half could have brought so many more goals for City. Nigel Rothband of The Man City Show Podcast described this game as showing Gundogan’s encouraging start to the season and that this could be a key signing, although more consistency could be required to make him the bargain of the season.