Manchester City bounce back with 4-1 win over Sunderland

Sterling Silva
Manchester City showed their title ambitions are still alive and kicking with a 4-1 victory over lacklustre Sunderland at the Etihad.

Manuel Pellegrini’s men suffered a 2-1 defeat at Arsenal on Monday Night Football but bounced back to form in style, racing into a 3-0 lead inside 22 minutes with goals from Raheem Sterling, Yaya Toure and Wilfried Bony.

Kevin De Bruyne added a fourth and they could even afford a missed second-half penalty by Bony, but City’s victory was soured by substitute Vincent Kompany limping off just nine minutes into his first appearance since November 8, suffering a recurrence of his calf injury.

Sunderland, who netted a consolation through Fabio Borini, remain in a relegation fight, five points from safety, and they have now lost four games in a row for the first time since April 2014, while City are now just three points off league leaders Leicester with the two teams set to face each other on Tuesday.

City have kept seven clean sheets in eight games with Kompany in the team this season and only one in the 10 games without him so the sight of the skipper on the City bench- alongside rested Sergio Aguero – gave everyone associated with the club a pre-match boost.