It truly is an embarrassment of riches when you can replace a player who scored four goals against Tottenham a fortnight ago with Carlos Tevez, only for the Argentine to be outshone by Sergio Aguero whose hat-trick and superb link-up play with Samir Nasri and David Silva proved too much for Wigan.
After his displays this season Edin Dzeko has reason to be aggrieved that the want-away Tevez was preferred to him before the game but with Napoli and the Champions League on Tuesday in mind, Tevez may have proved that Dzeko offers a less complicated focus for the attack.
Tevez did not have a bad game all in all, despite a weak first half penalty, and was involved in the build up for the first goal but City did not truly find gear until he was replaced by Samir Nasri after an hour.
Then Aguero, Silva and Nasri ran amok around the Wigan box and created chances with an ease rarely seen in the premier league.
The winning margin may not look as convincing as those racked up against Spurs and Swansea but the result was never in doubt and City created chance after chance against a Wigan side too weak to cope with the fluidity of Roberto Mancini’s attacking options.
Aguero opened the scoring after 13 minutes when Tevez played Silva through for the Spainard to cut the ball back for the south American who placed it into the corner and it was a sign of things to come.
Wigan don’t possess the defensive sensibilities or players to deal with City’s slick attack, this point was emphasised ten minutes after the goal when Adrian Lopez rammed Silva over in the box for a definite penalty.
Micah Richards, Vincent Kompany, Adam Johnson and Joleon Lescott all had chances to add to the lead before Aguero’s second half brace and there were chances in the closing stages as the Wigan defensive tired.
Luckily for Roberto Martinez’s side City knew they had it won early on and the low conversion rate from the 23 chances created was down to a lack of concentration from the forwards who at times treated the game as a warm up exercise.
Mancini’s men will now look to Tuesday when they get the chance to show their strengths on the European stage, Wigan did little more than provide a warm-up.