Newcastle United battled hard at the home of the champions elect on Saturday, but Manchester City ultimately emerged 3-1 winners.

Moments of quality from Kevin de Bruyne, Raheem Sterling and Leroy Sane teed up Sergio Aguero – a regular Magpies nemesis – for a perfect hat-trick.

Jacob Murphy netted in an impressive display for Newcastle, though, and here’s how we rated the visiting players…

Karl Darlow – 7

The goalkeeper made a series of good stops and was unfortunate on the penalty, too.

Javier Manquillo – 4

Having failed to get to grips with Sane, the former Sunderland man then conceded a soft penalty in another poor showing.

Isaac Hayden – 6

The nominal midfielder looked comfortable in a back five, although he was one of the victim of Sane’s mazy dribble for the third.

Jamaal Lascelles – 7

This was yet another accomplished display from the captain, who must be in contention for a World Cup place.

Ciaran Clark – 6

Clark made up for a minor error on the opener with a sublime if, perhaps, unintentional assist for Murphy.

Paul Dummett – 7

Having starred in attack against Swansea City, it was the full back’s defensive work that earned the plaudits here.

Jacob Murphy – 7

A first goal in black and white was Murphy’s most telling contribution, but his speed on the counter and quick feet with the ball were similarly impressive.

Jonjo Shelvey – 5

The England international played a couple of incisive passes, but he was flagging badly by the end of a 90-minute shift in which he struggled to match the City midfield.

Mohamed Diame – 7

Diame has developed into one of Newcastle’s key men. He could well have earned a point with a fine run and shot at 2-1.

Christian Atsu – 5

Although there were flashes from the Ghanaian in the first half, his impact paled next to Murphy’s as Kyle Walker dominated the flank.

Joselu – 4

That was the forward’s best moment was an accidental back-heel in the build-up to Murphy’s goal said a lot for his performance.

Ayoze Perez (sub for Atsu) – 6

Drifting in from the left, Perez impressed in Atsu’s place and drew an instinct save from Ederson after Diame wreaked havoc.

DeAndre Yedlin (sub for Manquillo) – 5

The American offered an instant upgrade on Manquillo at both ends of the pitch, but Sane soon tied him up in knots.

Dwight Gayle (sub for Joselu) – 5

The pace and movement of Gayle compared favourably to Joselu, and yet the former still should have done better with a late, late header.

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