Man City hit four against Newcastle

All City goals came from their top player who again assured their commitment to the big spending club.

Manchester City’s Samir Nasri is congratulated by James Milner and Edin Dzeko after he scored a goal against Chelsea at Yankee Stadium in New York on 25 May 2013. City beat Chelsea 5-3. Picture:  AFP

MANCHESTER - With champions Manchester United thumping Swansea City 4-1 in their opener on Saturday and Chelsea beating Hull City 2-0 on Sunday, City were keen to demonstrate that they too meant business.

Under new manager Manuel Pellegrini, City started their Premier League campaign in dazzling fashion on Monday with a stylish 4-0 win at home to 10-man Newcastle United that will ring alarm bells for the rest of their title rivals.

With City spending around 90 million pounds on attacking talent, it was notable all the goals came from players in last season's squad - David Silva, Sergio Aguero, Yaya Toure and Samir Nasri.

Any sense of dressing room unrest last season under Roberto Mancini had evaporated as Pellegrini's charges, assisted by new boys Fernandinho and Jesus Navas, showed they had listened to his call for an attractive, attacking style of football.

"The most pleasing aspect is the way the team played for 90 minutes," the Chilean told a news conference.

"We had from the beginning the attitude to play as an aggressive team, offensive team…the most important thing is to win."

Last season's runners-up took just six minutes to open the scoring with Silva heading in after Steven Taylor failed to deal with Edin Dzeko's shot across the goal.

They doubled their lead on 22 minutes when a low shot from Aguero, set up by a neat flick from Dzeko, went in off the far post.

City's job was made even easier just before halftime when defender Taylor was sent off after swinging an arm at Aguero and they made the man advantage count five minutes after the break with Toure's sizzling free kick.

The hosts made it four on 75 minutes when substitute Samir Nasri slotted home and could have had many more if it had not been for some excellent saves by Newcastle keeper Tim Krul.

"The new manager has come in and given us something different and given me more confidence," Dzeko, a towering figure in front of the slight and pacy trio of Aguero, Silva and Jesus Navas, told Sky Sports.

Pellegrini reckoned this would be just the start of things for the striker.

Man City captain Vincent Kompany limped off with what looked like a groin problem and Pellegrini said it was too soon to tell how long he could be sidelined.