Deposed as Premier League champion, but Pep Guardiola looks hungry for a triple.
Raheem Sterling’s goal ended Newcastle and established an English Cup semi-final against Arsenal.
The wound suffered by seeing Liverpool rivals praise as the best in the country this week has been channeled into a totally dominant demolition of Steve Bruce’s team.
Birthday boy Kevin De Bruyne opened the scoring at the end of the first half when Newcastle was just kicked, such was the persistent, bright splendor of City.
They are chasing a seventh English Cup, to add to the Carabao Cup they have already accumulated this season, plus a quarter-final of the Champions League final against Real Madrid is on the horizon in August.
With the Liverpool celebrations still echoing, there was no pouting from City.
They were so efficient that it was an insult to call this a contest, launching a relentless attack on Newcastle’s goal from outside.
By the time Kevin De Bruyne scored the penalty in 36 minutes, they had a surprising 86% possession.
Called back to the center, Fabian Schar uselessly pushed Gabriel Jesus while a cross was suspended by Kyle Walker.
Ref Lee Mason awarded the free kick and De Bruyne stroked home for his 15 of the season, for his 29th birthday.
“We should have scored more,” said De Bruyne. “This year we had some problems with penalties. The electrician asked me to go one step further and I scored a couple now. “
There were two different versions of football on display. Relentless city that presses forward, devouring the ball. They were frighteningly tenacious and quick to win him back.
Sterling made the victory by scoring the second after 68 minutes after a ruthless passage of two, 90 yards.
Aymeric Laporte threw a 50 yard shot on sub Phil Foden, who picked it up brilliantly and lunged forward to free Sterling.
The English wing entered from the left and curled a splendid 25-yard shot over Karl Darlow.
A minute earlier, Undersecretary United Dwight Gayle had launched a simple chance to level the game undeservedly. Allan Saint-Maximin tapped him six meters but put it aside.
Bruce’s team had to ride their luck to continue scoring. Andy Carroll scored their only shot on goal, and that dribbled into Bravo’s arms, and their miserable record of not having reached a semifinal since 2005 will remain.
Gabriel Jesus, Riyad Mahrez and Sterling (twice) went close in the first half alone. After the break, City ended vigorously and could have had four or five.
Bruce’s tactical switch, going five behind, failed and they were slightly brighter after the break.
He said: “I wonder if we had matched ourselves with that possibility. We had to be more aggressive and better with the ball. For long periods it was not a cup tie.
“We are frustrated and disappointed. First half we were too sterile and passive. This is a great Man City team.
“The four big cannons remain in the race. The gap between the top and bottom is growing. The big clubs continue and win it. “