The ease in which Manchester City disposed of newly promoted AFC Bournemouth sent a chilling message why they are favourites to clinch a third successive Premier League title.
Dominic Solanke is propelling AFC Bournemouth almost single-handedly back towards the Premier League.
It was a night when fans made a long-awaited return to Old Trafford, but it was one which ultimately ended in disappointed as Manchester United were held by relegation-threatened Fulham.
Manchester City may have made an indifferent start to the season by their high standards but victory against Fulham lifted them to fourth place in the Premier League.
Manchester City could not have had an easier passage to the fifth round of the Emirates FA Cup after Fulham had captain Tim Ream sent off in the sixth minute.