Following our match report, we take a closer look at the factors that settled the Old Trafford derby in Manchester City's favour...
The match United boss David Moyes said his team had every right to approach the game with confidence after last week’s two wins but City instantly put his team on the back foot with an early Edin Dzeko goal, and they carried a much greater threat than the Reds in the opening exchanges. Only a brilliant David De Gea save denied Dzeko a second but United grew into the first half and both Marouane Fellaini and Juan Mata went close. But City assumed control again after the break and Dzeko’s second did not come as a huge surprise. United, with Shinji Kagawa and Antonio Valencia now on the pitch for Tom Cleverley and Fellaini respectively, sought to raise their game but never seriously threatened to get back into it, though Joe Hart kept out efforts from Danny Welbeck and Wayne Rooney. Yaya Toure’s late goal merely confirmed City’s superiority.
The goals After just 45 seconds, Rafael denied David Silva with a last-ditch tackle inside the box but the loose ball was played out left to Samir Nasri, who cut inside and shot against the inside of the post, leaving Dzeko with the simplest of tasks to tap home the rebound. And the Bosnian made it 20 goals for the season when he escaped his marker to volley home Nasri’s corner. Toure added City’s third when he collected the ball just inside the box, made room for himself and drilled a low shot past De Gea.
Star man Rooney, a constant menace as a lone centre-forward, ran his socks off and did not deserve to be on the losing side.
Sub-plot Aside from all the emotion and local pride at stake in the derby, there was plenty else for both teams to play for in this game, with United hunting a European place and City very much in the title race. But it was the Blues who came