As well as the match ball and the Man of the Match trophy Raheem Sterling took back to Manchester a Premier League mark not achieved in nine years.
The last time that a player had hit three goals on the opening weekend was Didier Drogba.
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Sterling became only the eighth player to hit a hat-trick in Matchweek 1 of a Premier League season, but he felt that a winning start to City’s title defence and a clean sheet were more important.
"It feels good but the important thing today was starting well as a team and getting the win and the three points," Sterling told CityTV.
"That’s what we’ve done and it’s a great way to start the season.”