After initially being criticised for his lack of end product, the tricky winger has been a revelation under the tutelage of Pep Guardiola, who has explained the change in mentality since he first arrived in Manchester.
In isolation getting well beaten at the Etihad Stadium is nothing to be desperately ashamed of, even if going down so heavily isn't ideal for a team short in confidence and buoyed recently by good defensive displays and clean sheets. That's true but despite that it's incredible the people I'm working with and I'm a lucky guy to be here.
In truth, one of them probably should have just had a shot but you can't blame them for wanting to score the ideal goal.
"Still he loses simple balls, like the Tottenham game, when he made an incredible assist in the first few minutes but then lost a lot of balls". He is becoming a winning player.
"The first season, he was scared".
In the other Sunday game, Chelsea thumped Crystal Palace 3-1 in the London Derby at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea.
Sane has so far scored three goals and provided four assists in 13 appearances for City this campaign.
Guardiola was asked if Sterling can now be considered amongst the world's best players, but replied that the England worldwide still has work to do to be ranked as such. "The boys started really well and we were fantastic without the ball, not just with the ball". We were not stable behind.
"I thought it was a great team performance", Sterling said.
"When you concede those situations in next stage of Champions League you are out because the level is higher".