4 things we learnt from Man City's convincing win against Wolves
Jack Grealish and Phil Foden celebrating City's opening goal. (Photo Credits: Marc Atkins/Getty Images)

Manchester City moved to the top of the Premier League after picking up three points at Molineux. They will remain there if Arsenal fail to win at Brentford on Sunday.

Pep Guardiola's side took the lead just 55 seconds into the game when Jack Grealish converted Kevin De Bruyne's low cross.

Erling Haaland doubled City's lead 15 minutes later, scoring his 14th goal of the season.

Nathan Collins was shown a straight red card for a reckless high challenge on Grealish, leaving Wolves with 10 men for an hour. 

Wolves did show spirit after the half-time break, putting the visitors on the back foot, before Phil Foden's neat flick saw City go three goals ahead.

After a dominant performance, City will be going into the international break with confidence high. Here are four things we learnt from Saturday's early kick-off. 

  • Three games without Collins

Nathan Collins has enjoyed a brilliant start to his Wolves career, but Saturday will be a day to forget for the 21-year-old.

At 2-0 down, Collins' high challenge on Grealish saw the Irishman receive a straight red card. The sending off was already the fourth of his career. 

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With Toti Gomes and Yerson Mosquera both on the bench, Bruno Lage opted not to make a substitution. 

Instead, Ruben Neves moved to centre half, raising questions as to whether Lage trusts his backup defenders.  

With international fixtures taking place next week, it will not be until October 18 when Collins is able to play domestic football again.

Lage will be hoping that his centre half can return without signs of rustiness. 

  • Lage pressure on the manager

With just one win from their last 14 Premier League games, pressure is seriously mounting on Bruno Lage.

Fans are growing impatient with a style of football that fails to produce many goals.

Wolves did have the best defence in the Premier League before Saturday's game, but also showcased the league's worst attack.

Lage's summer spend has eclipsed the £100 million mark, with marquee signings such as Matheus Nunes and Goncalo Guedes demanding significant transfer fees.

With Fosun spending a large sum of money this summer, Lage may have less time than he thinks to get his squad firing. 

Tough away trips to West Ham and Chelsea await, with poor results possibly being the tipping point for the Portuguese manager. 

  • Grealish’s goal was much needed

City took the lead after 55 seconds at Molineux, with Jack Grealish scoring his first Premier League goal since May.

The Englishman's late run into the penalty area caught Jonny Otto off guard, leaving the £100 million man to poke home from close range.  

Grealish has been the victim of heavy scrutiny from fans and pundits alike, with many questioning whether he can recreate the scintillating form he produced in an Aston Villa shirt.

Saturday's goal was just his seventh for City, coming in his 45th appearance. 

Guardiola publicly backed Grealish, stating The Citizens: “Did not sign him for the incredible goals and assists.”

Grealish's goal instilled confidence in the 27-year-old, looking at home with the ball at his feet. He will be hoping to carry his momentum into the international break.

  • City's versatility cannot be matched

It is no secret that Guardiola has a star-studded squad at his disposal.

A nine-figure summer spend has only strengthened a squad that is looking for European glory this season, but it is not just the quality of the players that are so important to Guardiola. 

The versatility of the squad is also key to The Sky Blues' success.

John Stones started at right back on Saturday, moving from his traditional centre half position.

He put in a solid performance at full back, even moving into midfield with the ball, creating an overload on Wolves midfield trio. His switch to a holding midfield role for the final 10 minutes of the game ensured City comfortably saw out the game.

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