But he was denied the chance to become the first player to score six in the Premier League when coach Manuel Pellegrini substituted him two minutes after his fifth goal.
Manchester City defender Eliaquim Mangala has nothing but praise for team-mate Sergio Aguero after he netted five goals against Newcastle.
Going into the game, Aguero was without a goal in open play in 595 minutes in all competitions, and any Premier League goal in 424 minutes since City’s win over Chelsea on 16 August.
Chelsea fell to its fourth loss of the Premier League season, leaving Jose Mourinho anxious about the possibility of being fired.
Aguero bagged his fifth with a low curled finish from the angle of the 18-yard box.
“The goal before half-time just gave them a lift and in the second half we got done by mistakes by ourselves and Aguero’s world-class finishing, which he is capable of doing to any team”.
Argentine striker Sergio Aguero, who has struggled with injury all season and scored only three goals before Saturday, proved he was right back to his best when he joined the Premier League’s exclusive five-goal club. It wasn’t until deadline day that the club signed de Bruyne. They’re licking their wounds from last season and they’re determined now. “In other games he was maybe having a lot of chances, but not scoring”. Hornets stopper Heurelho Gomes saved a Glenn Murray penalty after Artur Boruc’s gaffe had gifted Odion Ighalo a first-half equaliser to Murray’s opening goal.
Win it, and the talk of recovery will be in the air for Steve McClaren’s Newcastle.
Facetious as the point may be, Aguero and injuries are never far from top of the list of Pellegrini’s personnel concerns, despite the embarrassment of riches he possesses in his squad. After a scramble, Newcastle cleared.
That was followed by defeat at Porto in the Champions League and the Portuguese reacted by making four changes. He now has seven goals in eight games.
Newcastle had stunned the home side by seizing an 18th-minute lead. Sunderland threw away a 2-0 lead to leave Dick Advocaat still searching for his first victory over the campaign. “Three years ago, he decides the title in two minutes”. Chelsea’s belief appeared to have disappeared when the game resumed after the break and it took another excellent Begovic save and a block by Gary Cahill to repel efforts from Mane.
Willian had curled in a free kick after 10 minutes to put the champions in front but Steven Davis levelled before halftime.
United can reclaim first place Sunday if it beats Arsenal.
The keyword in that last paragraph though was interchanging. Arnautovic thought he had scored after 34 minutes off a cross from Spanish forward Bojan Krkic, but was ruled offside.