Man City thrash Palace to move into third place

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Manchester City's Vincent Kompany celebrates scoring his side's second goal of the game during the Premier League soccer match between Manchester City and Crystal Palace at The Etihad Stadium, Manchester, England.

United face Arsenal on Sunday and are four points behind City in fifth, but their commitment in the Europa League, will see Mourinho tinker with the lineup.

"It was very important to have a clean sheet as well as scoring a lot of goals", said the Belgian global who scored City's third himself and provided the assists for the second and fifth goals, scored by centre back pair Vincent Kompany and Nicolas Otamendi respectively.

I'm sure we can drive them on to perform at that level more and more. "It's all in our hands and it's a good feeling".

It was breached inside two minutes, through Silva, and somehow avoided conceding a second goal until early in the second half when City cut loose.

Running an open game from central midfield, Silva and De Bruyne both scored and played a part in another goal curled home sweetly by Vincent Kompany.

"Apart from one game, at White Hart Lane, I can not remember a match were we did not create more chances than the other side", Guardiola claimed. They lacked the guile in the attacking areas of the pitch with the likes of Wilfried Zaha, Christian Benteke and Andros Townsend all struggling against the City defenders.

I was pleased with the second half. David Silva remains a doubt.

"It is incredible to see his ability and make what is the hardest pass in football, that last pass".

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"You can't imagine this season that Chelsea and Liverpool were [not in Europe] last season [with] the players and managers they had and they were out".

The 31-year-old said: "The (injury) story is done now".

"Of course I'm happy".

Palace could not reflect with the same optimism.

A crucial tie against Hull City is up next as the the Tigers are only one place below Palace and four points adrift.

With a four-point cushion, the odds remain in their favour but next week's clash with 18th-placed Hull could be a tense affair.

Speaking after the eventual 5-0 defeat, Allardyce said: "The recovery was very, very good, indeed".

"What the players have got to do is remember what their best game was recently, or their best two games, and put that in their mind for the rest of the week", he added. It's unacceptable. I really want the players to take responsibility for that poor performance, myself included.

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