Manchester City’s FA Cup defence started in style with a 5-0 win over Huddersfield Town at the Ettihad on Sunday.
The in-form Phil Foden scored two excellent goals in another fine display with Julian Alvarez and Oscar Bobb also on target.
But the loudest cheer of the day was reserved for the returning Kevin De Bruyne who took only 17 minutes to claim his first assist of the season after more than four months out.
The Belgian playmaker set-up compatriot Jeremy Doku – who had also been out with injury for five weeks – to volley home the fifth of the game on 74 minutes.
Huddersfield Town may be fighting relegation in the Championship, but they made a bright and confident start against City.
And when the Blues had the ball, the visitors sat deep and in numbers, frustrating the hosts in the process.
A clumsy tackle by Alex Matos on 16 minutes ended Manuel Akanji’s afternoon, and City’s general passing and movement was far from its fluent best as the clock ticked past the half-hour mark with little incident.
Then, finally the Huddersfield defence was breached as a clever combination of short passes with Alvarez feeding the ball to Phil Foden on the corner of the six-yard box and his fierce angled shot gave keeper Lee Nicholls no chance.