Kevin De Bruyne and Riyad Mahrez netted doubles as Manchester City returned to winning ways with a raucous 5-2 victory over Southampton at the Etihad Stadium.
Pep Guardiola’s men saw a 21-match winning run in all competitions ended by Manchester United at the weekend, and some of the defensive problems from that 2-0 defeat remained as James Ward-Prowse scored a first-half equaliser from the penalty spot and Che Adams was on target before the hour.
However, an unexpectedly open contest worked in De Bruyne and Mahrez’s favour, while Ilkay Gundogan chipped in with his 14th goal of the season in first-half stoppage time.
City are 14 points clear of United at the Premier League summit having played a game more, with their rivals in Europa League action this midweek.
Key Opta Facts
- Manchester City have scored five or more goals in 23 Premier League games since Pep Guardiola took charge in 2016-17, doing so in 12 matches more than any other side in the competition during this period (Liverpool and Tottenham next on 11 each).
- Southampton conceded five or more goals in a Premier League game for the 18th time – only Newcastle United (21) have done so on more occasions in the competition’s history.
- Manchester City have followed up each of their last nine Premier League defeats at the Etihad Stadium with a victory in their very next home game in the competition.
- City’s Kevin De Bruyne has been directly involved in more Premier League goals against Southampton than against any other side (11 – four goals, seven assists).