Pep Guardiola’s City faced David Moyes’ Sunderland in their first game. Two managers who had their points to prove. Their were some eyebrow raising omissions from the Manchester City squad as Joe Hart started from the bench and Yaya Toure didn’t even make it to into the substitutes. Four minutes into the kickoff and Sergio Aguero puts City is in the lead from the penalty spot after Raheem Sterling was brought down by Patrick Van Aanholt’s trailing leg, but Sunderland looked well drilled and kept the game at the bay for Guardiola’s men who found it difficult to get a shot on target and in the 71st minute substitute Adnan Januzaj does well down the right before passing the ball to Rodwell who puts a piercing through ball for Defoe and he makes no mistake to equalise for Sunderland. As it looked like that the Black Cats will see through the game and get a vital point at Etihad, substitute Paddy McNair couldn’t keep the ball out from a Jesus Navas cross and scores an own goal to let have Manchester City and Pep Guardiola have the last laugh.
Willy Caballero – 6/10
Replacing Joe Hart as the first team goalkeeper, he didn’t had much to do for most of the game and made a fine save off the chest from a Jermain Defoe shot before he finally got caught in 71st minute when Defoe puts one past him. He looked hardly convincing and was dodgy at times.
Gael Clichy – 7/10
Deployed in a very unfamiliar central role, he did well in his outing and made few darting runs forward and had good link-up plays often.
Aleksandar Kolarov – 6/10
Asked to play central defense by Pep he looked rather untidy and unconvincing at times. Made some forward runs with the ball but without any end product.
John Stones – 7/10
He did a good job being a debutant, he sprayed the ball well from the back and looked at ease with the ball at the back apart from that Defoe goal.
Bacary Sagna – 6/10
Had a tough time facing Gooch, but he looked in control of his game for a larger parts of the game and kept the crosses from coming in.
Fernandinho – 8/10
One of the Manchester City’s best performers of the night, he was good in holding up the play and played with a lot of aggression and gile. He could be seen highly being featured in this role under Pep.
David Silva – 6/10
Looked off the pace, and in his deep play-maker role he failed to convince once again after his rather ordinary last season.
Raheem Sterling – 8/10
City’ best performer, made some great runs, kept the ball well and earned the all important penalty. He finally showed glimpses of his old self and what he could be under Pep.
Nolito – 6/10
He was very ordinary apart from that one cut in and narrowly wide shot around the Sunderland box. Stretched the game at times in wide areas.
Kevin De Bruyne – 6/10
He had a very uneventful day too, passing was very off the mark as was his shooting, he looked like he lacked match fitness.
Sergio Aguero – 7/10
Apart the shot from the penalty spot he didn’t do much and was kept at the bay by the Sunderland defense.
Jesus Navas – 7/10
His pace troubled Sunderland defenders and changed the game for Manchester City as his cross helped City clinch their first win under Pep.
Fabian Delph – 5/10
Had nothing much to do.
Kelechi Iheanacho – 6/10
Gave another dimension to City’s game, but failed to kill off the game as he squandered a glorious chance.