Following our match report, we take a closer look at the factors that settled the Old Trafford derby in Manchester City's favour...
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 out on