The second goal came minutes later when Iheanacho finished off a slick move between De Bruyne and David Silva.
In the third minute of stoppage time, Sterling weaved his way into the area and sent in a cross that was deflected into his own net by Curtis Davies to seal a third consecutive win.
“In the first half, we forgot where the goal was”, City manager Pep Guardiola said. They still made it tough but after the very good action of Raheem Sterling we got the penalty and it gave us a lift.
City face a potentially crucial match against Liverpool on New Year’s Eve with both clubs desperate to close the gap on Premier League leaders Chelsea.
Some excellent work from De bruyne and Nolito created the first unsafe chance for Manchester City from open play, but the keeper was on hand to restrain the Spaniard’s shot under control at the half hour mark.
Having won their opening ten games of the season, City managed to win just two out of seven as autumn turned into winter.
In their last season without European football, Liverpool narrowly missed out on the 2013/14 Premier League title to Manchester City, while Leicester won last year’s title only playing domestically.
“That’s why it’s the toughest league in the world, because when you see how [Hull] played, how they made it very hard, and then we changed the tactic just to find the space and they still made it tough”, he said.
“Iheanacho didn’t play from the beginning [against Hull] but he has this talent, this quality and with Kun coming back – we can not forget we played seven games without Kun in all competitions“, he said, as quoted by the club’s official website. Guardiola said he hoped the centre back would be fit to play Liverpool on December 31.
The Tigers are languishing three points from safety at the foot of the table, but Snodgrass’s form in front of goal has been one of the plus points of a testing campaign.
Mike Phelan’s side without a win since November.
Cesc Fabregas set up Pedro Rodriguez to break the deadlock with a deflected shot that looped into the top corner.