Yaya Toure and his Ivorian brother Wilfred Bony were among the goals as Manchester City romped to a 4-1 win over Sunderland in their Boxing Day clash at the Etihad on Saturday.
Fresh from their 2-1 defeat against Arsenal last Monday, the Citizens were keen to get back on track as the Premier League has now entered an interesting bend.
It was thus understandable that City started like a house on fire and their early pressure paid off as Raheem Sterling netted the opener after 12 minutes of action.
The lead for City was doubled five minutes later and it was Yaya Toure who added to the tally before Bony signed on to the scoring party; scoring the third goal of the game in the 22nd minute.
The Black Cats somehow caught their breath after the earlier barrages and they held on to keep the score at 3-0 going into the second half.
Somehow the second half was even as both teams scored one-goal apiece, Kevin De Bruyne scored for City while Borini netted for the visitors.
Despite the big win, it was a blighted day for Manchester City as their captain Vincent Kompany suffered fresh injury misery on Boxing Day when he was forced to hobble off shortly after returning to action as a substitute in the home win over Sunderland.
Kompany had been out of action with a calf problem since the goalless draw with Aston Villa on November 8, but was back in the squad for the visit of the Black Cats to the Etihad Stadium.