City send warning with West Ham thrashing

Sterling accepting of VAR despite 'difficult&apos adjustment

Sterling accepting of VAR despite 'difficult&apos adjustment

So not only have they set the record for most consecutive wins, they've consolidated that, then gone on to sit on the verge of breaking it for a second time.

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola believes VAR will benefit the Premier League but only if mistakes are avoided.

Meanwhile, earlier reported that Manchester City got their Premier League title defence off to an impressive start.

The Reds scored three goals in the opening 30 minutes for the first time since February 2014 when they were 4-0 up after just 20 minutes against Arsenal.

Brazilian Gabriel Jesus, preferred to Sergio Aguero in attack, opened the scoring in the 25th minute and Sterling made it 2-0 six minutes after the interval with a cool finish after being put through by Kevin De Bruyne.

West Ham rarely looked convincing.

While Aguero was forced to retake his penalty after the initial one was saved by Declan Rice, who was said to have been caught by VAR leaving his line just before the lick was taken.

By the end the Hammers were crushed and could have lost by more, but it is hard to be too critical.

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City, which racked up 98 points to beat Liverpool by a point last season, rarely looked like getting out of second gear with a measured performance at London's Olympic Stadium.

City have now made five trips to the London Stadium and won 5-0, 4-0, 4-1, 4-0 and 5-0, perhaps we were naïve to think this would be any different. "It will be a good lesson for our future", Guardiola said.

"In the first half we were sloppy with our passes, we were not precise". In the second half, we were better, we were more calm, we played extra passes.

"It's something I've been thinking about for a while", he said.

Perhaps West Ham fans should take this result with a pinch of salt.

Local boy Billy Sharp came off the bench for Sheffield United to earn a share of the spoils in their first Premier League game since 2007 as they drew 1-1 t Bournemouth.

Norwich experienced a baptism of fire on their return to the top flight on Friday, with Liverpool racing into a four-goal lead by half-time. Expectations are still high and the moaners are already out there on social media.

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