Raheem Sterling strikes twice as Manchester City go top with Southampton rout

Guardiola rejects Neville's nod to City's tactical fouls

The ex-Liverpool man then knocked the ball back for Aguero to put away from close range for his 150th Premier League goal.

However, Sterling's first goal just before half-time set City up for a comfortable second half in which they scored two more - another from Sterling and a Leroy Sane strike.

City were on top right from kick-off with Sterling and Aguero proving hard to handle for the Southampton defence; and just five minutes in, had taken the lead.

The reigning Premier League champions went head-to-head with a bottom-of-the-table Southampton on Sunday in a game which saw the Citizens beat their opponents 6-1.

Speaking after the game, the German winger said that "the whole team was really strong" in what was the biggest scoreline of the current Premier League season. "We were brilliant at times today", said the former Liverpool forward. I have the feeling he is now enjoying scoring goals and making assists and be important in winning games.

The Brazilian midfielder's performances last season earned him a £52 million ($68m) move to United this summer, but he has been in and out of Jose Mourinho's team in the first three months of the 2018-19 campaign.




It was proving a nightmare return for Southampton manager Mark Hughes, who was in charge at City during 2008-09, as his side conceded a third when Sterling supplied a cross and David Silva lashed the ball home.

Despite his side's win, Guardiola was far from happy with City's defensive capabilities during the game. The Agrentine then sent in a low cross for Sterling, who tucked the ball home with his second attempt.

Southampton improved at the start of the second half, with James Ward-Prowse and Ings - via wicked deflection off Fernandinho - forcing Ederson to make fine stops.

Sterling has taken his haul to six goals in nine games this term, having netted 10 times in his first season under Guardiola.

Sane completed an impressive individual and team display in stoppage time when he steered in a left-foot shot from 18 yards following another assist from Sterling.

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