Bournemouth - Premier League - 1 December 2018

Sterling was at his best in City's victory over Bournemouth. AFP

Sterling was at his best in City's victory over Bournemouth. AFP

Manchester City winger, Raheem Sterling has revealed that Manchester United Juan Mata told him to "show a little respect" during City's 3-1 victory over United last month.

The Ukraine global posted a photo on Instagram of the injury he picked up in City's 3-1 win over Bournemouth on Saturday.

There was certainly a late flourish, with David Silva coming off the substitutes to help inspire a classic third in tandem with man-of-the-match Leroy Sane, but this victory was more a triumph for perseverance than anything else after Callum Wilson had cancelled out Bernardo Silva's early goal.

Sterling had scored in each of his previous five fixtures against Bournemouth, including a hat-trick in October 2015, and he struck after 57 minutes at the Etihad Stadium to settle City's nerves.

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A makeshift United defence, including young midfielder Scott McTominay, continued to look vulnerable and soon enough it was two, with Cedric Soares curling a sublime free kick into the net with 20 minutes on the clock.

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The goal was the Belgian's first for his club in all competitions since the middle of September, a drought lasting 981 minutes.

However, the hosts were reduced to 10 men just after 32 minutes when Steve Mounie was sent off for a high challenge on Yves Bissouma.

James McArthur's delivery was somehow missed by Max Meyer, and the trajectory of the ball did not change, fooling Joe Hart and rolling in to give Palace their first goal from open play at Selhurst Park this season. Burnley remained in the relegation zone having slipped down to 18th after Cardiff City's 2-1 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers on Friday.

Leicester won for just the second time in seven league games as Watford slumped to a 2-0 defeat at the King Power Stadium.

Jamie Vardy opened the scoring with a penalty after 12 minutes before James Maddison netted a brilliant volley to move Leicester up to seventh.

Newcastle's run of three straight wins came to an end after a 3-0 loss to West Ham at St James' Park.

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