Manchester City go top after hammering West Brom 5-0

Joao Cancelo of Manchester City celebrates with team mates Rodri after scoring their team's second goal during the Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion and Manchester City at The Hawthorns on January 26, 2021 in West Bromwich, England.

With a sparkling attacking display, Manchester City’s players powered to the top of the Premier League for the first time this season, and even the opposition are stopping to admire their work.

In a comical exhibit for VAR’s ever-lengthening highlights reel, West Bromwich Albion’s defenders virtually stopped in their tracks and looked on as Joao Cancelo curled a shot into the top corner for the second of City’s goals in a 5-0 rout on Tuesday.

After all, the assistant referee had raised the flag for offside moments earlier but City, unlike West Brom, played on as Bernardo Silva collected the ball and fed Cancelo who, unchallenged, picked his spot from the edge of the area.

A video review showed Silva was actually onside and the goal was allowed to stand.

City was on course to match its biggest league win of the season and, on the evidence of this game and the past couple of months, Pep Guardiola’s team is going to be hard to stop.

Make it seven straight wins in the league, and 11 in all competitions, for City in an ominous run of results.

City became the ninth side to finish a day in first place this season.

Even if Manchester United reclaims the lead on Wednesday by beating Sheffield United, City looks to be the team to beat.


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