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but it was too late.”
City began with more urgency and took the lead when a flowing move saw Aleksandar Kolarov’s cross pick out Aguero who produced a superbly improvised volley. United looked like reaching the interval with no further damage but Toure turned in Alvaro Negredo’s header with his knee. Aguero struck again two minutes after the interval when the Argentine was again left unmarked to tap in.
With United staggering on the ropes Jesus Navas then broke down the right and picked out Nasri to volley City’s fourth. Patrice Evra hit the post for United before Rooney, still wearing protection on a head cut, beat Joe Hart with a beauty. “I thought Wayne Rooney’s performance was outstanding,” Moyes said. “He didn’t deserve to be on the losing side today.”
Arsenal fans came to acclaim record signing Mesut Ozil on his home debut and were rewarded as the German international had a hand in his side’s three goals. His free kick after five minutes was not held by Stoke keeper Asmir Begovic and Ramsey poached the rebound.
Stoke did equalise after 26 minutes through American Geoff Cameron but Per Mertesacker then headed in Ozil’s cross and Bacary Sagna’s loppy header, again from an Ozil pass, sealed the points for the Gunners.
Tottenham looked like being frustrated at Cardiff whose keeper David Marshall was in fine form, but struck late through Paulinho, one of several pre-season signings. Tottenham have conceded only once in the league this season, in a 1-0 defeat at Arsenal, but stay behind their north London rivals who have superior goal difference.