Man City player ratings vs Wolves as Erling Haaland and Rodri class

Manchester City put in a five-star show to move to within a point of Arsenal at the top of the Premier League with a game in hand.

Erling Haaland was the main attraction, plundering four goals that included two penalties on a terrific afternoon for the Norwegian that surely seals consecutive Golden Boot awards as he continues to take English football by storm. Julian Alvarez added a late fifth that moved him onto 10 league goals for the campaign, while Rodri picked up two assists.

The victory means City have the chance to top the table when the head to Fulham next Saturday for the lunchtime kick-off. Here are how the players rated.

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Ederson: Abysmal for the cross that brought the Wolves goal, although did then play a part in the move that made it 4-1 seconds later. 6

Walker: A few loose moments in defence, although his forward distribution was very good to open Wolves up. 7

Akanji: In control of everything from the start, keeping City on the front foot and nipping out potential Wolves threats. 8

Ake: Solid at the back with a couple of decent interceptions, and also pushed forward well into the Wolves half. 7

Gvardiol: Keeps having an impact in the opposition box, even if it was a soft penalty. Has really grown into the role in recent months. 7

Rodri: Another top-drawer performance, with the highlight being the interception and then cross for Haaland's second. 9

Kovacic: Denied a goal by Sa in the second half but another very tidy performance that helped City to tick in midfield. 7

De Bruyne: Wasteful when City worked good opportunities on more than one occasion, but also had his moments of quality. 7

Silva: Excellent at the start, driving at his full-back at every opportunity and showing real menace. Faded in the second half with the job done. 8

Foden: A lovely ball to Haaland for the fourth. He will feel like he could have been involved more, although still a positive evening. 7

Haaland: Unrivalled, uncontrollable, unbeatable. A masterclass from City's No.9 that the crowd lapped up. 9


Stones (for Ake, 68) A solid return after not being seen since the Chelsea semi that he limped out of. 7

Grealish (for Foden, 81) Guardiola wanted more forward intent. 6

Nunes (for De Bruyne, 81) Involved for the fifth. 6

Doku (for Silva, 81) Some bright running. 7

Alvarez (for Haaland, 83) Scored within minutes of coming on. 7

Not used: Ortega, Dias, Gomez, Lewis