Manuel Pellegrini’s men got their season off to the best possible start with triumphs at West Brom (3-0), Everton (2-0) and Crystal Palace (1-0) featuring in their five-match winning run in August and early September.
In the first of those victories, the tried and tested midfield partnership of Yaya Toure and David Silva ran riot at The Hawthorns.
The Ivorian’s power and energy combined with the Spaniard’s movement and eye for a pass created havoc in West Brom’s ranks, as the deadly duo netted one apiece to build a commanding 2-0 lead after only 24 minutes, to which captain Vincent Kompany added a third just shy of the hour mark.
Next up was a trip to Goodison Park, where goals by Aleksander Kolarov and Samir Nasri wrapped up all three points. Although he did not score, the match witnessed the rise onto the City scene for summer signing Raheem Sterling, who set up Kolarov’s opening strike and posed a constant threat up front with his pace.
The third of this trio of victories would certainly be the hardest-fought, with Crystal Palace also making a strong start to the campaign, and an injury-time winner by teenager Kelechi Iheanacho would be required to make sure of the spoils.