Raheem Sterling nets quickest goal of season as City return to winning ways

Raheem Sterling scored the fastest goal of the Premier League season as Manchester City got back to winning ways with a 3-1 win over Watford on Tuesday.

City were denied maximum points for the first time since August against Crystal Palace on New Year’s Eve but started 2018 in blistering fashion as Sterling scored after just 38 seconds.

With Kevin De Bruyne surprisingly fit to start after being stretchered off at Palace and John Stones and David Silva back in the team, City netted further goals courtesy of a Christian Kabasele own goal (13) and Sergio Aguero (63).

Watford, who grabbed a late consolation from Andre Gray (83), have now just won one of their last nine matches and although they sit 10th are just five points above the drop zone.

Leroy Sane set the tone early on with a fantastic run down the left and his cross was tapped home by Sterling for his 18th goal of the season.

Stones, back in the side after 12 games out injured, should have doubled the lead on five minutes but ballooned a chance over from close range.

The second goal came on 13 minutes when De Bruyne delivered from the right and the unfortunate Kabasele slid the ball into his own net.

Further chances were created by the hosts as De Bruyne curled a free-kick off the crossbar and Silva – returning after missing four of the last five games – blazed over.

City made it 3-0 after the break when De Bruyne fizzed in a delivery that was too hot for Heurelho Gomes to handle and Aguero poked in.

Watford at least had the final say when Andre Carillo crossed from the right and Gray tuned it home.

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