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One man stands out as Manchester City hammer Wolves. Player Ratings: Wolves vs Manchester City

One man stands out as Manchester City hammer Wolves. Player Ratings: Wolves vs Manchester City

One man stands out as Manchester City hammer Wolves. Player Ratings: Wolves vs Manchester City

One man stands out as Manchester City hammer Wolves. Player Ratings: Wolves vs Manchester City

Manchester City went three points clear at the top of the Premier League with a masterclass of a performance against Wolves inspired by talisman Kevin De Bruyne.

Having watched Liverpool edge out Aston Villa on Tuesday night, Pep Guardiola’s side knew that they needed to win to keep the gap to Jurgen Klopp’s side, and their Belgian wizard ensured that they did just that, grabbing 4 goals as he helped his side to a 5-1 win.

De Bruyne opened the scoring after just 3 minutes, before Leandro Dendonker levelled the scoring and put the cat among the pigeons. It was not to be for long, however, as the Belgian hit back with another two goals to complete a hat-trick in just 24 minutes.

He added a fourth midway through the second half, before Raheem Sterling put yet more gloss on the scoreline by firing low beyond a helpless Jose Sa. However, the night was all about De Bruyne.

Player Ratings

Wolves

Jose Sa – 5

Could do nothing about the goals.

Jonny Otto – 3

Had a torrid time on the right side of the Wolves defence as City ran riot.

Connor Coady – 4

Battered by the relentless Manchester City. Would have preferred a man to mark rather than the shifting front line.

Willy Boly – 4

A poor night for the veteran defender.

Chiquinho – 7

Wolves’ brightest player, the youngster oozed confidence and gave Zinchenko a torrid evening.

Ruben Neves – 5

Was run rings around by the Manchester City midfielder.

Leandro Dendonker – 6

Handed Wolves life in the opening minutes by firing home an equaliser, but then found himself on the end of a hammering.

Joao Moutinho – 5

Run ragged by the energetic Silva and De Bruyne.

Rayan Ait-Nouri – 5

More used to attacking than defending, he was as grateful to hear the final whistle as his teammates.

Pedro Neto – 5

Still struggling to find any sort of form after his horrific injury last season.

Raul Jimenez – 7

Got in behind Manchester City on occasion but could not convert it into chances.

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Substitutes

Hwang Hee-Chan – 4

Hardly touched the ball.

Francisco Trincao – 4

Like Hwang, saw almost none of the ball.

Conor Cundle – N/A

Was not on the pitch long enough to make an impact.

Manchester City

Ederson – 6

Made one brilliant save from an offside Connor Coady, but will feel he could have done better for the Wolves goal. Strong with his feet as always.

Joao Cancelo – 6

A quiet night for Cancelo, but he still had enough legs to come up with a late assist for Raheem Sterling.

Fernandinho – 5

The veteran midfielder was asked to fill in at centre-back, and his age began to show as Wolves ran in behind the Brazilian regularly.

Aymeric Laporte – 6

Made a brilliant recovery tackle on Jimenez but the bigger worry will be the knee injury that forced him off the pitch after an hour.

Oleksandr Zinchenko – 4

A poor performance as he struggled to live with Chiquinho.

Rodri – 6

A quiet night for the Spaniard.

Ilkay Gundogan – 7

Helped gain control of the midfield that City never really looked like letting go of

Bernardo Silva – 8

Provided a perfect pass for the opener and was brilliant again.

Raheem Sterling – 6

Scored but could well have had a hat-trick with a couple of poor misses.

Kevin De Bruyne- 10

Superlatives fail yet again as a dazzling performance saw De Bruyne grab all four goals to cement all three points.

Phil Foden – 7

Grabbed an assist and hit the post with a strike in the second half. Another good attacking display from the young star.

Substitutes

Nathan Ake – 6

Solid when he came on, but was hardly tested.

Riyad Mahrez – N/A

Was not on the pitch long enough to make an impact.

Jack Grealish -N/A

Was not on the pitch long enough to make an impact.

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The Premier League table as it stands

# Team MP W D L F A D P
1 Manchester City 35 27 5 3 89 21 68 86
2 Liverpool FC 36 26 8 2 89 24 65 86
3 Chelsea FC 35 19 10 6 70 31 39 67
4 Arsenal FC 35 21 3 11 56 42 14 66
5 Tottenham Hotspur 35 19 5 11 60 40 20 62
6 Manchester United 37 16 10 11 57 56 1 58
7 West Ham United 36 16 7 13 57 46 11 55
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 35 15 5 15 35 34 1 50
9 Brighton & Hove Albion 36 11 14 11 38 42 -4 47
10 Crystal Palace 35 10 14 11 46 42 4 44
11 Aston Villa 35 13 4 18 48 49 -1 43
12 Brentford FC 36 12 7 17 44 52 -8 43
13 Newcastle United 36 11 10 15 40 61 -21 43
14 Leicester City 34 11 9 14 49 56 -7 42
15 Southampton FC 36 9 13 14 41 61 -20 40
16 Everton FC 34 10 5 19 37 56 -19 35
17 Burnley FC 35 7 13 15 32 49 -17 34
18 Leeds United 35 8 10 17 39 74 -35 34
19 Watford FC 35 6 4 25 32 70 -38 22
20 Norwich City 35 5 6 24 22 75 -53 21

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# Team MP D P
1 Manchester City 35 68 86
2 Liverpool FC 36 65 86
3 Chelsea FC 35 39 67
4 Arsenal FC 35 14 66
5 Tottenham Hotspur 35 20 62
6 Manchester United 37 1 58
7 West Ham United 36 11 55
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 35 1 50
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12 Brentford FC 36 -8 43
13 Newcastle United 36 -21 43
14 Leicester City 34 -7 42
15 Southampton FC 36 -20 40
16 Everton FC 34 -19 35
17 Burnley FC 35 -17 34
18 Leeds United 35 -35 34
19 Watford FC 35 -38 22
20 Norwich City 35 -53 21
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Player Team Goals
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 22
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur 20
Ronaldo, Cristiano Manchester United 18
De Bruyne, Kevin Manchester City 15
Jota, Diogo Liverpool FC 15
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 15
Kane, Harry Tottenham Hotspur 13
Sterling, Raheem Manchester City 13
Zaha, Wilfried Crystal Palace 13
Toney, Ivan Brentford FC 12
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City 12
Mount, Mason Chelsea FC 11
Saka, Bukayo Arsenal FC 11
Mahrez, Riyad Manchester City 11
Bowen, Jarrod West Ham United 10
Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United 10
Dennis, Emmanuel Watford FC 10
Pukki, Teemu Norwich City 10
Raphinha Leeds United 10
Smith-Rowe, Emile Arsenal FC 10

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