Manchester City made light work of Wolves as Jack Grealish, Erling Haaland and Phil Foden all scored in a comprehensive victory at Molineux in Saturday’s early kick off.
Grealish turned in Kevin De Bruyne’s cross for the opener in the first minute before Haaland made it 2-0 by firing in after Wolves gave away possession.
Nathan Collins was sent off for a ludicrously high boot on Grealish and while Bruno Lage’s side remained competitive for large parts of the second half, City extinguished any hope of a comeback when Foden cleverly flicked in another De Bruyne cross to seal the result.
The Citizens were straight into their work in the first minute as a wicked De Bruyne cross was tapped in by Grealish, responding perfectly after he was criticised for his showing in the victory over Borussia Dortmund in midweek.
Wolves did sustain some pressure in the opening 15 minutes as Goncalo Guedes tested Ederson at the near post, but it amounted to nothing before City extended their lead.
Bernardo Silva played in Haaland who made mincemeat of Max Kilman, weaving in and out of the defender before firing in low beyond the outstretched Jose Sa.
That goal made the Norwegian the first player in Premier League history to score in each of his first four away games in the competition.
The champions’ job got a whole lot easier when Collins saw red for an ugly challenge on Grealish. The defender jumped in with his studs showing and caught the City winger in the midriff, being dismissed immediately by referee Anthony Taylor.
Wolves started the second half in promising spirit, unsettling City and venturing forward without creating any clear-cut opportunities. City butchered a counter in response, with De Bruyne’s pass lagging behind Foden and allowing Wolves to regain their shape.
The home side kept punching above their weight and created a decent chance when a driving run from Rayan Ait-Nouri fell to Guedes, but the forward could only slice his effort horribly when well placed in the box.
However, City soon made sure of the result with a third goal as De Bruyne whipped in a ball for Foden to divert neatly past Sa into the far corner.
The win takes Pep Guardiola’s side to the top of the Premier League standings, while Wolves are down in 16th.