It was written in the stars.
Wayne Rooney opened the scoring for Everton against old enemy Man City to bring up his 200th Premier League goal at the Etihad.
The ex-Man United forward has a good record against City and he built on it with a side-foot finish as the Toffees took advantage of an poorly executed Leroy Sane pass in the first half.
Mason Holgate pounced on a loose ball and delayed his pass through to Dominic Calvert-Lewin perfectly before the 20-year-old Englishman squared for the late-arriving Rooney.
The goal came under a minute after David Silva had rattled Jordan Pickford’s near post.
City fans will once again be asking questions of their keeper.
Rooney’s shot was more or less straight at Ederson and the Brazilian keeper could only deflect the ball onto the post before it hit the back of the net.
Claudio Bravo’s poor form was a huge cause for concern last season and Pep Guardiola had hoped the ex-Benfica stopper would put an end to that problem.
Rooney’s goal would have been celebrated passionately among Man United fans.
The 31-year-old has added to his Old Trafford legacy by dealing United’s rivals a potentially costly blow.
Whether he’s in United red or Everton blue, Rooney remains one of Man City’s chief tormentors.
England’s all-time top scorer scored his 50th and 150th Prem goals against City as well.
The fact he’s only the second man in history to score 200 Premier League goals is a truly astonishing achievement — congratulations, Wayne, fully deserved.
City’s problems were compounded just before half-time when Kyle Walker was shown a controversial second yellow card for a clash with Calvert-Lewin under a high ball.
Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville believed the referee had made the wrong decision in showing Walker’s second yellow as the ex-Spurs man did not make significant contact with the Everton forward’s face.
Plenty for Pep to mull over…