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The Saturday View - Sergio Aguero is back

SoccerBy Kevin Palmer
Aguero is the master once again
Aguero is the master once again

The best striker in the Premier League exploded back into life as Sergio Aguero scored five times in 20 minutes to blow hapless Newcastle away at the Etihad Stadium.

The first half of what looked set to be a one-sided game between the Premier League title favourites and a horribly out-of-form Newcastle suggested that this season of upsets could be set to continue, with the visitors taking a shock lead as Aleksandar Mitrovic scored first after 18 minutes.

That before Aguero started his goal spree three minutes before half-time and followed it up with four more goals in the 17 minutes after half time.

Mixing inventive finishes with powerful shooting, this was Aguero at his best as he joined a select band of players to have scored five Premier League goals in the same game.

"Sergio Aguero is different," said Man City boss Manuel Pellegrini. "In other games he was maybe having a lot of chances but not scoring, but today he returned to his normal amount of chances. He was great."

It emerged after the game that Aguero was not even fully fit as he went on his goal spree, with boss Pellegrini taking him off after 66 minutes to protect a minor hamstring injury.

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On another miserable day for Newcastle, their fans will have noted that their former manager Alan Pardew was talking up his side's hopes of qualifying for Europe after they beat West Bromwich Albion 2-0 at Selhurst Park.

Third placed Palace are offering compelling evidence to suggest the venomous "Pardew Out" campaign mounted by Newcastle fans last year was more than a little misguided.

Newcastle's North East rivals Sunderland are not doing too much better and they threw away a 2-0 lead to draw against West Ham in what seemed likely to be manager Dick Advocaat's final game in charge of the Black Cats.

When asked whether he would be in charge of Sunderland's next game, Advocaat would only offer this response:

"I cannot say. The newspapers have to have something to write otherwise there is nothing in the newspapers."

Meanwhile, the good times continue to roll for Claudio Ranieri at Leicester after his side won 2-1 at Norwich, but the crisis is deepening for Tim Sherwood at Aston Villa as they slipped into the bottom three after a home defeat against Stoke.