Football: Manchester City stroll over West Bromwich Albion on Raheem Sterling debut

5 Manchester City's Raheem Sterling (left) vies for the ball with West Bromwich Albion's James Chester (right) during the English Premier League soccer match between West Bromwich Albion and Manchester City at The Hawthorns stadium in Birmingham, Bri
5 Manchester City's Raheem Sterling (left) vies for the ball with West Bromwich Albion's James Chester (right) during the English Premier League soccer match between West Bromwich Albion and Manchester City at The Hawthorns stadium in Birmingham, Britain on Monday. PHOTO: EPA

WEST BROMWICH, England (AFP) - Raheem Sterling's Manchester City debut was overshadowed by the old guard as Yaya Toure and Vincent Kompany made the decisive contributions in an impressive 3-0 win at West Bromwich Albion on Monday.

Having seen rivals Chelsea and Arsenal both slip up over the weekend, Manuel Pellegrini's team took full advantage as they provided an early glimpse of their Premier League title credentials with a dominant display at the Hawthorns.

Toure and David Silva combined to hand City the initiative just nine minutes in, with the Spain international flicking home his team-mate's shot with the aid of a deflection, although the Ivory Coast midfielder was credited with the goal.

Toure doubled City's advantage 15 minutes later and Belgium defender Kompany added the third after half-time to cap a confident opener for last year's runners-up, who sit top of the table after the first round of fixtures.