top to complete a league double over their crosstown rivals, following September’s 4-1 win at the City of Manchester Stadium.
The opposition City manager Manuel Pellegrini surprised some by leaving 23-goal Alvaro Negredo on the bench but the Blues still boasted plenty of potency in attack with Dzeko, Silva and Nasri, while Fernandinho and Toure impressed in midfield. Six points behind leaders Chelsea with three games in hand, City came to Old Trafford to win and, despite United’s efforts, they did just that.
Move of the match A slick first-half counter-attack involving Welbeck and Rooney culminated in Mata being played in on the left of the box, but the Spaniard’s dangerous low cross was cut out by Vincent Kompany.
In the stands The atmosphere was everything you’d expect from a derby – noisy and intense, with both sets of fans trading chants from well before kick-off and throughout the game. The away end was giddy after the early opener but it only amplified the support of United’s fans, whose vociferous support for the Reds never wavered. Dzeko’s second had City’s fans singing ‘Ole!’ every time they touched the ball and it was they who came away with the bragging rights.