City carried on where they left off before the international break with a convincing 3-0 victory over Wigan on Saturday. Sergio Aguero bagged his first Premier League hat-trick in a game where David Silva demonstrated his world class skill yet again.
The score line flattered Wigan somewhat as City had enough chances to hit double figures. Had Tevez converted his penalty the game could have turned into a cricket score. Of all the goal scoring chances, Micah Richards and Vincent Kompany were most unfortunate, both hitting the woodwork in the first half. Wigan can count themselves lucky they only succumbed to a 3-0 defeat at the Etihad Stadium. At this moment, it seems few will get much better results against City in Manchester.
Though Aguero grabbed the headlines for obvious reasons, Silva’s performance cannot be ignored. Inoculated City is fast running out of superlatives for the little Spaniard. Therefore, I will simply refer to him as a genius until his form suggests otherwise. Silva’s mesmerising run which led to the third goal was simply astounding and can, without a doubt, be compared to the skills of Lionel Messi. Though many will scoff at the idea, Roberto Mancini suggested that had Silva been sporting a Barcelona shirt in his current form he could be considered one of the best players in the world. Food for thought indeed!
On a side note, as City put away their third goal of the day, the BBC Final Score report referred to the City fans as the “Etihad faithful”. He was referring the recently renamed City stadium it didn’t quite make sense and proved to be rather amusing. City fans are not faithful to Etihad. They are faithful to City: the City faithful sponsored by Etihad, if you like. Though City are flying high at the moment but it is not courtesy of Etihad Airways. The ignorant cynics out there may disagree bearing in mind the extraordinary sponsorship deal that was struck up between City and Etihad Airways this summer.
Nevertheless, to marvel at the majesty of City’s silk merchants, click here to watch the highlights.
Words by Rob Toole