Neither of City's speedy wingers played particularly well while in possession outside the box against Napoli, however, and with Burnley sure to sit deep at the Etihad Stadium there may be room for Bernardo Silva's combination of quick feet and quick thinking.
United's shackling of Liverpool's front three meant Georginio Wijnaldum found himself with space to attack and he tested visiting goalkeeper David de Gea twice in the first 15 minutes.
Another former Liverpool manager, Anfield great Kenny Dalglish, was present for the inauguration of the stand that now bears his name and with United retreating from kick-off, he saw his team have plenty of the ball.
"We are in a good moment and we are looking forward".
It is five years since Chelsea last brought the European Cup back to England, but the early show of force has sparked hope of an enduring resurgence.
"But you know what it's like with football, the wheels can soon come off if you have one or two bad results".
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Obliged to plough a lone furrow up front, United striker Romelu Lukaku endured a frustrating first half and should have been booked for cleaning out Joe Gomez with a late challenge.
Unlike last season, the English clubs are all benefiting from the fact none of them have new managers at the helm. "We're taking control of games and I think the whole of Europe are starting to think English teams are powerful again".
The 7-2 victory over Stoke City on Saturday took their tally this season to 29 goals, as many as they scored in the whole of 2006/07. The record for most goals scored after nine top-flight games is jointly held by Sunderland in 1892-93 and Blackburn in 1889-90 (40 goals).
Dave Usher is one of ESPN's Liverpool bloggers and the founder of LFC fanzine and website The Liverpool Way.
The Clarets did not win a Premier League away game until the end of April last season, and had only managed four draws before that, but have already beaten Chelsea and Everton this season and taken a point from trips to Liverpool and Tottenham. Firmino needs a goal but more than that, he needs some help from those around him.