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Haaland steals the show as Man City thump Nottingham Forest: Player Ratings, fan reaction and more

Man City made it four wins from five to open the campaign on Wednesday

Match report

Premier League champions Manchester City kept their fine start to the season alive and kicking on Wednesday night, courtesy of a dominant win over Nottingham Forest.

Pep Guardiola’s troops, of course, were back in action a short time ago.

Aware that they could nary afford dropped points amid their ongoing pursuit of table-topping Arsenal, the Sky Blues welcomed newly-promoted Forest to the Etihad.

And, when all was said and done, keep the pressure on the Gunners is precisely what City went on to do.

An utterly rampant display ultimately culminated in the evening’s hosts emerging on the right side of a 6-0 scoreline.

Erling Haaland proved the undisputed star of the show, notching a first-half hat-trick to take his tally for the Premier League season to an eye-watering nine goals.

Player ratings

Manchester City

Ederson – 6

Kyle Walker – 6.5

John Stones – 7

Ruben Dias – 6.5

Joao Cancelo – 7.5

Rodri – 6.5

Bernardo Silva – 7

Ilkay Gundogan – 7

Julian Alvarez – 9

Phil Foden – 7

Erling Haaland – 9.5

Nottingham Forest

Dean Henderson – 4

Neco Williams – 5.5

Joe Worrall – 4

Cheikhou Kouyaté – 4

Scott McKenna – 5

Renan Lodi – 5

Ryan Yates – 4.5

Remo Freuler – 5

Lewis O’Brien – 5.5

Morgan Gibbs-White – 5

Brennan Johnson – 4

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Conor Laird

Die-hard Juventus fan with a love for all things Italian, and a real soft spot for Arsenal cult heroes. Emmanuel Eboue, Nicklas Bendtner, Philippe Senderos... Give them all statues outside the Emirates.

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