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West Ham v Manchester City - story of the match

Gabriel Jesus scored on his full Premier League debut as Manchester City mauled West Ham 4-0.

Sergio Aguero watched from the bench as the £27million teenager marked a sparkling display by setting up Kevin De Bruyne's opener and then bagging one himself.

David Silva was also on target in a one-sided first half, while Yaya Toure piled on the misery for the hosts with a penalty after the break.


Franny Lee CBE: "Congratulations on your first goal @gabrieljesus33 !!!Hard to pick a man of the match !! Wow!"


All three of Manchester City's forwards were deserving of the plaudits but Jesus stood out on his full debut. The 19-year-old became the first player to both score and assist on his first Premier League start for City as the Brazil Under-20 international gave manager Pep Guardiola food for thought up front. Jesus displayed poise and pace in possession whilst tracking back to help on the defensive end. Jesus looks well worth his £27million price tag and could have a bright future at the club.


City boss Guardiola handed a long-awaited first Premier League start to summer signing Jesus in place of Sergio Aguero and the teenage Brazilian did not disappoint. Jesus, who finally arrived from Palmeiras in January was impressive. Guardiola also dropped Claudio Bravo for second-string goalkeeper Willy Caballero, who looked more assured in goal. Meanwhile, West Ham new arrival Jose Fonte had an unforgettable debut as City's front three ran riot. Fellow January signing Robert Snodgrass came off the bench and was greeted to a raucous applause.


A large number of distraught home fans began to leave the London Stadium after Jesus put City 3-0 in front. Earlier in January, West Ham suffered a humiliating 5-0 FA Cup third-round defeat at the hands of Guardiola's men and supporters were not willing to watch their side for the full 90 minutes. The fans who stayed for the majority of the match vociferously sang "Stand up if you love West Ham" in hope of galvanising their side.


West Ham

Darren Randolph 5 (out of 10)

Aaron Cresswell 5

Jose Fonte 5

Winston Reid 6

Sam Byram 5

Pedro Obiang 5

Mark Noble 6

Michail Antonio 6

Sofiane Feghouli 5

Manuel Lanzini 5

Andy Carroll 7


Edimilson Fernandes (for Feghouli, 64 minutes) 6

Robert Snodgrass (for Obiang, 64 minutes) 6

Ashley Fletcher (for Carroll, 79 minutes) 5

Manchester City

Willy Caballero 6

Aleksandar Kolarov 7

John Stones 7

Nicolas Otamendi 7

Bacary Sagna 7

Yaya Toure 7

Kevin De Bruyne 7

David Silva 8

Leroy Sane 8

Raheem Sterling 7

Gabriel Jesus 9


Fernandinho (for De Bruyne, 67 minutes) 6

Sergio Aguero (for Sterling, 72 minutes) 6

Fabian Delph (for SIlva, 79 minutes) 6


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