Guardiola: I hope United win Europa League

Going ahead in the first minutes of the game helped us a lot but we still needed a second and Vincent scored an incredible goal.

Sterling's sweetly-struck left-foot shot made it 4-0 before defender Otamendi got on the scoresheet with a diving header from De Bruyne's chipped free kick - only his second City goal.

On the other side, Manchester City are only a point up on their crosstown rivals Manchester United, with both teams in a heated battle for the fourth and last Champions League qualifying spot.

Crystal Palace were dismembered in their trip to Manchester City at the weekend, as Pep Guardiola's men put five past the Eagles. So we're best team in the Premier League for creating clear, clear chances; nobody can beat us in that.

At the interval, the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss went so far as warning his side that a 1-0 advantage was not good enough to get the job done against a largely passive Palace outfit.

Silva forced Wayne Hennessey to save before setting up another chance for Jesus, who failed to make a clean connection.

Attention will fall on Jesus on Saturday as he leads the line against Crystal Palace in the Premier League with top scorer Sergio Aguero out injured.

But the visitors quickly changed to a back four after David Silva opened the scoring after just two minutes at the Etihad. "We don't want to be asking for anyone's help", Allardyce said.

He said: "It is still in our hands, if we are able to win the four games, like it is so complicated, but we did it once in the beginning of the season".

Kompany is pleased with how he has come back from injury, and so are Manchester City who haven't lost in their last five games, even if they did drop points against a resilient Middlesbrough.

"But in reality I can vouch for him in the sense that I've been around a lot of top people in football and all of them had qualities, but he's really special".

Silva was given a standing ovation when he was substituted in the 67th minute, the damage to Palace done by then. It was his 50th goal for Man City.

"It was only 1-0 at the end of the first half, so it wasn't an easy game", he told Sky Sports.

The Belgium worldwide said he was excited to watch the progress of young forwards Gabriel Jesus, Leroy Sane and Raheem Sterling, who all started the win over Palace and tormented the Eagles' defence with their pace and movement.

De Bruyne admits it made a welcome change to turn territorial superiority into goals against Palace but warned they must show the same ruthlessness in their last three games - at home to Leicester and West Brom and away to Watford on the final day.

  • Julie Sanders