Phil Foden has been directly involved in 22 goals in 33 starts for Manchester City (12 goals, 10 assists)
Manchester City held off a second-half Wolves fightback to begin their quest to regain the Premier League title with a win at Molineux.
City did the damage in a superb first half as Professional Footballers’ Association Player of the Year Kevin de Bruyne and Phil Foden, playing for the first time since being sent home from England duty in disgrace, both found the net.
At that stage it seemed a case of how many the visitors would get, with Foden and Raheem Sterling both going close and Wolves keeper Rui Patricio making two decent saves.
However, City ran out of steam after the break.
Daniel Podence twice went close for the hosts and Kyle Walker hacked a scuffed Ruben Neves shot off the line, before Raul Jimenez, scorer of 27 goals last season, netted for the second time in this one 12 minutes from time.
However, Wolves were unable to repeat last term’s exploits, when they came back from 2-0 down to win this fixture, and Gabriel Jesus’ injury-time effort sealed victory for Pep Guardiola’s side.
More to follow.
Line-ups
Wolves

  • 11Rui Patrício
  • 37Traoré
  • 15Boly
  • 16Coady
  • 27Saïss
  • 5Marçal de Oliveira
    Substituted forVinagreat 8’minutes
  • 28João Moutinho
    Substituted forDendonckerat 78’minutes
  • 8Neves
  • 7Neto
    Substituted forSoares Silvaat 78’minutes
  • 9Jiménez
  • 10Castelo Podence

Substitutes

  • 17Soares Silva
  • 20Machado Ferreira
  • 21Ruddy
  • 29Vinagre
  • 32Dendoncker
  • 49Kilman
  • 59Buur

Man City

  • 31Ederson
  • 2Walker
  • 5Stones
  • 6Aké
  • 22MendyBooked at 35mins
  • 25Fernandinho
  • 16RodriBooked at 86mins
  • 47Foden
  • 17De Bruyne
  • 7Sterling
    Substituted forTorresat 81’minutes
  • 9Gabriel JesusBooked at 35mins

Substitutes

  • 13Steffen
  • 21Torres
  • 26Mahrez
  • 30Otamendi
  • 48Delap
  • 69Doyle
  • 82Bernabé

Match Stats
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  1. Match ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1, Manchester City 3.
  2. Second Half ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1, Manchester City 3.
  3. Goal! Wolverhampton Wanderers 1, Manchester City 3. Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Kevin De Bruyne.
  4. Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Rui Patrício.
  5. Attempt saved. Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Kevin De Bruyne.
  6. Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Conor Coady.
  7. Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Fernandinho.
  8. Foul by Benjamin Mendy (Manchester City).
  9. Adama Traoré (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  10. Attempt missed. Willy Boly (Wolverhampton Wanderers) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Rúben Neves following a set piece situation.
  11. Rodrigo (Manchester City) is shown the yellow card.
  12. Foul by Rodrigo (Manchester City).
  13. Raúl Jiménez (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  14. Substitution, Manchester City. Ferran Torres replaces Raheem Sterling.
  15. Attempt saved. Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is saved in the centre of the goal.
  16. Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  17. Foul by Leander Dendoncker (Wolverhampton Wanderers).
  18. Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  19. Foul by Willy Boly (Wolverhampton Wanderers).
  20. Goal! Wolverhampton Wanderers 1, Manchester City 2. Raúl Jiménez (Wolverhampton Wanderers) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Daniel Podence with a cross following a corner.