The Belgium worldwide had been earmarked as somebody who could spearhead the new-look Manchester City, but from the mid-point of the season he looked laboured, perhaps weighed down by his new, more industrious role in the Blues' engine room.
"I was so impressed with their performance against Southampton".
But City were strolling towards victory thanks to three first-half goals with Gabriel Jesus adding to a Sergio Aguero brace to put Guardiola's side firmly in control. Then they had two wins over Bournemouth (1-2) and Liverpool (5-0) after a draw (1-1) to Everton.
Watford will be without a host of defenders once more, giving boss Silva a selection headache ahead of the encounter.
Palace sit bottom of the table after becoming the first English top-tier team to lose their opening five fixtures without scoring a single goal.
Up front, Roberto Pereyra (groin) and Mauro Zarate (cruciate ligament) are the men who will not play any part on Saturday.
Englishman Andre Gray could lead the line, as he did against the Saints with the young Brazilian Ricarlison pushing up on the left and Carillo on the right.
For City, Vincent Kompany won't be available after picking up an injury during the worldwide break.
"Last season we had a problem scoring". He has only lost two out of eleven games while in charge of Hull City and Watford.
"There are plenty of goals in the team", he told United's website.
With the score still 0-0, Sterling was also the recipient of a delicious through ball from De Bruyne and a goal seemed certain before Kabasele made an excellent last-ditch intervention.
Another day, another HUGE win for Manchester City.