Sterling 10/10, Jesus 9/10 as City make FA Cup statement
LONDON -- Manchester City added the FA Cup trophy to the already won Premier League and Carabao Cup with a ruthless 6-0 demolition of Watford. Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus bagged braces and David Silva, Kevin De Bruyne also tallied as City equalled the biggest FA Cup-winning margin in the competition's 148-year history.
Manchester City rounded off an incredible season in style with an emphatic victory to bring up an historic Treble. Domestically the season could not have gone any better. The only trophy missing is the Champions League, and Pep Guardiola will make a huge push for the European silverware -- but that's for next season.
The only downside of the day for many City fans is that it could be the last time they will see Vincent Kompany in a sky blue shirt. The captain has been hugely influential in the final weeks of the season, but a new contract is yet to be signed. It would be a fitting way to exit, winning two trophies in his final two matches, but many will be hoping that Kompany's 11-year stay at the club will go on a little bit longer.
Manager rating out of 10
10 -- City could have had a hangover from their Premier League celebrations, but Guardiola had his players back up for the contest. He still sprang a surprise by starting with Gabriel Jesus instead of Sergio Aguero, but there was no experimentation in his formation. Riyad Mahrez, Bernardo Silva and Sterling were shifted about in last week's win over Brighton, but they all started in their most effective positions here.
Player ratings (1-10; 10 = best. Players introduced after 70 minutes get no rating)
DF Kyle Walker, 8 -- Used his speed to get forward well, and that pace can always get him out of trouble defensively.
DF Vincent Kompany, 8 -- His battle with Troy Deeney was vital to keeping Watford out, and the captain came out on top.
DF Aymeric Laporte, 8 -- Solid defensively and brought the ball forward confidently to link the play.
MF Ilkay Gundogan, 9 -- Couple of loose passes early on but soon became the pivot of City's possession domination.
MF David Silva, 8 -- Opening goal was his first of 2019 and it was down to his tenacity winning the ball before a composed finish.
FW Bernardo Silva, 9 -- He was crucial to the opening two goals with his hard work winning the ball and then vision to produce a pass.
FW Riyad Mahrez, 7 -- Deservedly earned his start after his heroics on the final day of the Premier League season and caused Jose Holebas plenty of problems.
FW Gabriel Jesus, 9 -- Surprise starter and showed he deserved it by losing his marker and scoring the second goal, staying calm with his pass for the third and slotting home the fourth.
MF Raheem Sterling, 10 -- Always enjoys returning to Wembley, close to his boyhood home, and thought he had scored the first cup final hat trick since the "Matthews Final" in 1953, before the FA changed the ruling and gave City's second to Jesus.
MF Kevin De Bruyne, 8 -- Showed his all-round quality, but the highlight was a coolly taken third.
FW Leroy Sane, N/R -- Stretched Watford to ensure there was no threat of a comeback.
MF John Stones, N/R -- Could have added a seventh in injury time.