Raheem Sterling scored his first goal for the club and Fernandinho netted a superb second to lift City to their fourth successive win and open an eight-point advantage over Chelsea.
Vincent Kompany, Manchester City captain, was all praise for his team after their blistering start to the EPL.
Nicolas Otamendi played his part to the fullest as he helped Argentina finish as runners-up at the Copa America 2015.
Sergio Aguero was unsure if he would have to be among the substitutes when City take on Chelsea on Sunday.
Yaya Toure is upbeat for his team’s next EPL encounter which is going to take place against Chelsea.
City finished eight points behind champions Chelsea in the Premier League last season.
Fernandinho volleyed in an 89th-minute winner as City survived Villa scare.
Manchester City’s Vincent Kompany may not be fit before the end of the season because of a muscle injury.
Defeat kept fourth-placed Manchester City nine points behind leaders Chelsea.
Philippe Coutinho’s winner against Manchester City at Anfield led Liverpool to a 2-1 win against Manchester City.
Manchester City suffered from deja vu as Luis Suarez’s double gave Barcelona a 2-1 first leg lead.
A year ago at the same stage City bowed out 4-1 on aggregate against the four-times European champions.
Manchester City take on Barcelona and Juventus face Dortmund as the Champions League gets into its stride.
Liverpool’s late victory over Spurs on Tuesday has opened up a riveting race for the Champions League spots.
City’s chances of winning the League title will almost certainly end if they lose at Stoke on Wednesday.