Juventus left-back Alex Sandro on Manchester City radar

Kelly let Kompany drift away from him, and instead marked Yaya Toure, while Kevin De Bruyne picked out his team-mate perfectly from the right and the City captain met the ball first time to score.

"But Vincent Kompany was free in our box and scored their second, and after that we simply lost control and Manchester City scored more and more".

The Eagles nearly managed an unlikely equaliser with their first effort at goal when Christian Benteke's header brought a fine reaction save from Willy Caballero.

As for Sam Allardyce, he went as far as to say that the second half, after Vincent Kompany scored a second, was, in his words "a bit of a capitulation".

City climbed to third place, above Liverpool on goal difference, and opened up a four-point gap to fifth-placed Manchester United, which plays at Arsenal on Sunday.

His strike was Manchester City's fastest Premier League goal since February 2015.

Silva's inclusion in the City starting XI was something of a surprise following Guardiola's pessimistic assessment of his fitness on Friday, but he started and finished the move that put the hosts ahead.

De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling were the next to get on the scoresheet before Nicolas Otamendi headed home the Belgian's free-kick in stoppage time.

"On days like Saturday you can see they are capable of taking teams apart", Kompany added. The impressive attack of Sterling, Gabriel Jesus and Leroy Sané, assisted by de Bruyne and Silva, were unplayable - although they were hardly challenged by a poor Palace side.

Silva was everywhere for City, showing no lingering symptoms of the injury that has kept him sidelined for two weeks, and the only frustration for Guardiola will have been that his team were unable score the second goal their first-half dominance merited - Sane twice denied by Hennessey.

Centre-half Kompany showed all the composure of a seasoned striker as clinically finished into the top corner from De Bruyne's lay-off.

Guardiola believes City would have been worthy champions this season had they been more clinical in front of goal.

"It's in our hands, we have got to do this ourselves".

"We look like the team we should have been for much more of this season".

"I have played in a back three before but at the end of the day it is a team game and when you are not at it, at places like this, you end up getting the result we did", he told the Crystal Palace website after the 5-0 defeat.

- Kevin De Bruyne has provided a league-high 15 assists this season; no Manchester City player has registered more in a single Premier League campaign (also 15 for Silva in 11-12).

"We are the best team in the Premier League for creating clear chances". As the two were not especially challenged at the back, they got increasingly bored so chose to bag themselves a goal each too (I'm sure there was more tactical thinking in this than just pure boredom).

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