Alan Shearer watched on as Newcastle United predictably lost at the Etihad.
Manchester City once again dominated but the visitors put up a spirited defence and it took a cross from de Bruyne, allegedly touched by Aguero, to break Newcastle’s resistance on 34 minutes.
It was then a questionable penalty that doubled the lead after the hour mark, although Manquillo ended up in a poor position chasing the opposing player in the box.
However, only four minutes later, a quality goal out of nowhere put Newcastle back within touching distance. Clark’s superb through ball set Jacob Murphy away and his finish was exquisite.
Bringing on Yedlin, Gayle and Perez in the final 25 minutes allowed Newcastle to have a bit more of a go and they had a few decent situations, only for then Leroy Sane to produce brilliance, he tortured the defence and put the ball on a plate for Aguero’s hat-trick.
The Newcastle fans were disappointed with the final result after seeing faint hope of getting something snatched away BUT that was nothing compared to the anger shown towards Mike Ashley.
Throughout the match the travelling supporters showed their support for Rafa Bentez but the constant was their contempt for the owner of the club.
Three weeks in and still no January signings to help Rafa Benitez, in his 10 January transfer windows previously, Mike Ashley has recorded a £30m profit – more than any other Premier League club – all but a few of them having a big net spend of course, rather than making a profit.
Newcastle fans of course also are disgusted with the failure of Mike Ashley to sell the club, having first claimed he was serious about selling it 10 years ago. Claims he is asking a fair price just doesn’t wash when NUFC still remains unsold.
Gary Lineker asking Alan Shearer the big question on Match of The Day on Saturday night…
“The takeover of Newcastle Alan, it doesn’t seem to be making much headway at present, where do you stand on this whole thing?”
“Well, something is only worth what someone is willing to pay for it….and it looks as though no one is looking to pay what Mike Ashley wants.
“That’s fine. He is entitled to do that…
“But the reason I think Newcastle fans want change…and most of them want change, is that they are not getting value for money.
“This is the reason why.
“Every club in the Premier League, over the last two or three years, has broken their transfer record.
“Newcastle’s transfer record is 2005, it was Michael Owen £16m.
“Another reason. Nine of the players today (starting against Manchester City) were in the Championship last season.
“The other two: Manquillo was (on loan) at (bottom of the table and relegated) Sunderland, Joselu with Stoke.
“That is the reason (why) Newcastle fans want a change of owner.”
Stats from BBC Sport:
Manchester City 3 Newcastle 1
Newcastle: Murphy 67
Man City: Aguero 34, 63 (Pen), 83
Possession was Man City 81% Newcastle 19%
Total shots were Man City 21 Newcastle 6
Shots on target were Man City 9 Newcastle 4
Corners were Man City 18 Newcastle 0
Referee: Paul Tierney
Darlow, Manquillo (Yedlin 66), Lascelles, Clark, Dummett, Hayden, Murphy, Diame, Shelvey, Atsu (Perez 64), Joselu (Gayle 76)
Elliot, Haidara, Merino, Ritchie
Crowd: 54,452 (Newcastle 3,000)
(Read instant fan/writer reaction to the Man City game HERE)
(To read the player ratings by fans and add your own go HERE)