Sterling hits two as City thrash Southampton to go top again
at the Etihad Stadium later. When Republic of Ireland international Shane Long crossed in, the visiting number nine was unmarked but could not capitalise. superbly to repel Ings. A further scare occurred when Ings’s header had to be stopped on the line by Ederson.
Guardiola made a move in switching the flanks of Sterling and Sané and just after the hour reward nearly came. Agüero fed Sané on the right, the No 19 skipped inside and let go a rocket that crashed off McCarthy’s right post. Sterling’s afternoon to remember became even better on 67 minutes when beating McCarthy for a second time.
By the close Sané had made it 6-1, City had increased their goal difference by five – they now have 32 goals in 11 matches – and signalled that they may be even better than last season’s record-breaking champion outfit.
Raheem Sterling scores Manchester City’s fifth goal against Southampton at the Eithad Stadium yesterday.