Raheem Sterling shines as Manchester City reclaim top spot

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"It is his head [that is different]", said the City manager.

"I know people say we have a lot of money".

It was Max Meyer who had the visitors' best chance, but the German global, who is still looking for his first Palace goal since a summer move from Schalke, fired over when well-placed on the edge of the area.

The Citizens had their ninth top-flight win of the season wrapped up with less than a quarter of the game played, finding themselves three goals to the good through a Wesley Hoedt own goal and strikes from Sergio Aguero and David Silva.

Manchester City got straight down to business again following their thrashing of Southampton on Sunday.

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Sterling laid on the second for Aguero six minutes later and it wasn't long before it was 3-0, Sterling chipping over a cross and the ball falling invitingly for Silva to lash home.

While City celebrated their big win, it was a double celebration for their striker Aguero who achieved a milestone; reaching 150 Premier League goals on Sunday.

City were rampant against Saints and all but wrapped up the game inside the opening 18 minutes.

Sterling's comments could be seen as a further sign of encouragement that he is close to agreeing a new contract with the defending champions, who are two points clear of Chelsea and Liverpool at the top of the Premier League.

Southampton, without a victory in six league games, pulled a goal back in the 29th minute when Danny Ings was brought down in the box and picked himself up to stroke the penalty past goalkeeper Ederson.

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However there was never a hint that Southampton might be able to launch anything resembling a fightback and City ended the half as they had begun it - by scoring.

"That guy is always looking out for me".

But City continued to threaten, and Sane nearly made it five with a vicious left-foot shot from the edge of the area that struck the bar just after the hour.

Sterling bagged his second of the game on 67 minutes to cap a fine individual display from the England attacker.

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