Pep Guardiola has warned rivals there is more to come from Raheem Sterling after the winger inspired Manchester City to a 6-1 rout of Southampton which sent them back to the top of the Premier League.
City restored their three-goal advantage before the interval, however, thanks to Sterling's simple finish past McCarthy after Aguero kept the ball in play and squared it to his teammate, though the Englishman required a couple of bites of the cherry after miscuing his initial shot.
Belgium global De Bruyne was ruled out with another knee injury, but that had little impact as City blew poor Saints away, Aguero taking his tally to 150 goals in 217 league appearances, while the excellent Sterling got himself a brace. They settled for six goals in the end - the fourth time in 11 Premier League games that they have scored at least five times in a game - and might easily have scored more had the occasion demanded more ruthlessness. He is tied along with Eden HAZARD of Chelsea and Pierre-Emerick AUBAMEYANG of Arsenal.
City are scoring at a marginally faster rate than they did while racking up a record 106 goals last season, and they made a devastating start at the Etihad that finished the game as a contest within 18 minutes of kick-off.
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Instead, City completely battered Southampton in the first-half.
Again, Sterling was heavily involved, accepting Bernardo Silva's pass and putting in a cross that was a little too high for Sane but arrived for David Silva, who volleyed in at the far post.
Morata, the former Real Madrid and Juventus forward, has now scored five Premier League goals plus another in the Europa League this season.
Shane Long should have pulled one back for the south coast side late on, only to shoot wide from eight yards, and it was then left to Sane to stroke the ball out of McCarthy's reach from the edge of the area to cap another impressive City display.
"Leroy is always a man who looks up for me", said Sterling. "It's fun to play with this team".