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Perfect Man City extend lead at top of EPL

AAP logoAAP 24/09/2016

Sergio Aguero has scored twice as Manchester City maintained their 100 per cent record in the Premier League with a 3-1 win at Swansea.

Raheem Sterling got the other to make it six wins out of six for City on Saturday, extending their lead at the top to four points.

Everton dropped to fourth after a 1-0 loss at Bournemouth, while Tottenham are second after winning 2-1 at Middlesbrough and Liverpool climbed to third thanks to a 5-1 mauling of Hull.

Manchester United bounced back to form with a 4-1 thrashing of champions Leicester, while Sunderland are bottom after letting slip a two-goal lead to lose 3-2 at home to Crystal Palace.

At Old Trafford, Chris Smalling, Juan Mata, Marcus Rashford and Paul Pogba, with his first goal for the club, gave United a first win in three league games.

"I think it was a very good performance," United manager Jose Mourinho said.

"Obviously it was a very good result. It's not easy to win against them and even more difficult to win in such an easy way.

"Today we had intensity, we had movement and we were very strong against a team that is easy to analyse but difficult to cope with."

Wayne Rooney was dropped from the starting United line-up and only went on late in the second half, but with three goals coming from corners, Leicester's usually solid defence had an off-day.

Smalling headed the first before Mata finished a slick move with a superb finish, Rashford finished from two yards and Pogba, who signed for a world record STG89 million in the summer, powered in a header to make it 4-0.

Demerai Gray fired in a brilliant goal for an improved Leicester in the second half but it was just a consolation and United remain fifth.

Son Heung Min scored both goals as Spurs won 2-1 at Middlesbrough to go second.

James Milner scored twice from the spot as Liverpool thumped Hull 5-1, the visitors' chances ending when Ahmed Elmohamady was sent off for handball.

Sunderland led Palace 2-0 through two Jermain Defoe goals but Joe Ledley and James McArthur pulled the visitors level and Christian Benteke won it for Palace with a late third.

Salomon Rondon's late equaliser denied Stoke a first victory, cancelling out Joe Allen's first goal for the club.

Bournemouth beat Everton 1-0 to move away from the relegation zone, with Junior Stanislas netting the only goal.

Arsenal were due to take on Chelsea in the day's late game.

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