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The media furor surrounding Sergio Aguero’s supposedly shaky future at Manchester City seems all but silenced after the Argentinian inspired a 5-1 trouncing of Huddersfield Town in Wednesday’s FA Cup fifth-round replay.
Ex-City youth teamer Harry Bunn opened scoring for the Terriers – thanks to some more calamitous goalkeeping from Claudio Bravo – and it arguably took three missed penalty calls to rouse City’s attack to action.
When that frontline wakes up, though, it can tear through bodies like a cantankerous secretary pursuing an early-morning coffee.
The host’s work was perhaps epitomised in its fourth goal, when Raheem Sterling – whose change of direction, knack of drifting into dangerous areas, and end product continues to improve – found Aguero for his second:
Leroy Sane had levelled proceedings after half an hour, before Pablo Zabaleta and substitute Kelechi Iheanacho followed Aguero’s tallies.
The strong side Guardiola deployed – only youngster Aleix Garcia was a surprise inclusion – indicates the importance he’s placed on the FA Cup as an opportunity to plunder some silverware in his debut season in England. City faces a trip to Middlesbrough in the quarter-finals.
David Wagner, meanwhile, made nine changes to his Huddersfield ranks as he prepares for a promotion-chasing encounter with Newcastle United in Saturday’s Championship fixtures.