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Manchester United 0-3 Manchester City

By Phil McNultyChief football writer at Old Trafford
Edin Dzeko

Manchester City increased the pressure on Premier League leaders Chelsea by disposing of Manchester United with almost embarrassing ease at Old Trafford.

Edin Dzeko scored early in each half - the first inside a minute - and Yaya Toure added a third in stoppage time as City moved into second place and within three points of Chelsea with two games in hand.

Moyes says players not lacking confidence

It was another sobering and thoroughly miserable night for United manager David Moyes as, for the second home league game in succession, the current gap in quality and strength between the reigning champions and their rivals was emphasised as City followed Liverpool by winning 3-0 and with plenty to spare.

City's hugely impressive display cut short Moyes's hopes of sparking a late run in this disappointing season and now they face a fight to even finish in the top six and claim a place in the Europa League.

Manuel Pellegrini's side have no such problems as they cruised to victory to complete an emphatic double over their arch-rivals after a 4-1 win at Etihad Stadium earlier this season and now move towards this weekend's game at Arsenal in ominously confident mood.

City started at blistering speed and were ahead inside a minute. In a blur of action Rafael's fine tackle stopped David Silva and when Samir Nasri's shot came back off the post Dzeko was perfectly placed to score.

United were torn apart by City's movement and creation and it took a fine diving save from goalkeeper David De Gea to stop Dzeko adding a second in front of the Stretford End.

As the half progressed City did not maintain their early pace and United, while clearly inferior, were able to at last find a foothold in the game but wasted two good opportunities when Marouane Fellaini shot tamely at Joe Hart and Juan Mata sidefooted over the top from a good position.

The giant Belgian was involved in a contentious moment when, while in possession himself, he senselessly elbowed Pablo Zabaleta and somehow escaped with only a yellow card from referee Michael Oliver.

United made a change at half-time when Tom Cleverley, who not surprisingly struggled in an unfamiliar role on the right flank, made way for Shinji Kagawa - but again City were faster out of the blocks and increased their lead after 56 minutes.

Dzeko was the scorer once more, showing great composure and technique to send a sidefoot volley high past De Gea at his near post - the signal for City's elated fans to start doing the "Poznan" celebration.

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It had been another unhappy night for £27.5m summer signing Fellaini and it was no surprise when he was substituted and replaced by Antonio Valencia after 66 minutes, a move that was well received by United's fans.

City keeper Hart had rarely been tested but he showed good reactions to block a flick from Danny Welbeck as United searched for a way back into a contest where they had been outplayed for long periods.

United had never looked like claiming anything from this game and the scoreline was given a more realistic appearance in stoppage time when Toure scored his 21st goal of the season with a low finish.


Man Utd

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1de Gea
  • 2da Silva
  • 3Evra
  • 16Carrick
  • 5Ferdinand
  • 4Jones
  • 23CleverleySubstituted forKagawaat 45'minutes
  • 31FellainiBooked at 30minsSubstituted forA Valenciaat 66'minutes
  • 10Rooney
  • 8Mata
  • 19WelbeckBooked at 16minsSubstituted forHernándezat 77'minutes


  • 13Lindegaard
  • 14Hernández
  • 18Young
  • 24Fletcher
  • 25A Valencia
  • 26Kagawa
  • 28Büttner

Man City

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Hart
  • 5Zabaleta
  • 22Clichy
  • 25FernandinhoBooked at 45mins
  • 4KompanyBooked at 13mins
  • 26Demichelis
  • 15NavasSubstituted forGarcía Fernándezat 68'minutes
  • 42Y Touré
  • 10DzekoSubstituted forNegredoat 79'minutes
  • 21Silva
  • 8NasriSubstituted forMilnerat 74'minutes


  • 6Lescott
  • 7Milner
  • 9Negredo
  • 13Kolarov
  • 14García Fernández
  • 30Pantilimon
  • 35Jovetic
Michael Oliver

Match Stats

Home TeamMan UtdAway TeamMan City
Shots on Target

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Manchester United 0, Manchester City 3.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Manchester United 0, Manchester City 3.

  3. Post update

    Offside, Manchester United. Wayne Rooney tries a through ball, but Luis Antonio Valencia is caught offside.

  4. Goal!

    Goal! Manchester United 0, Manchester City 3. Yaya Touré (Manchester City) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom left corner.

  5. Post update

    Offside, Manchester City. Gaël Clichy tries a through ball, but Yaya Touré is caught offside.

  6. Post update

    Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Joe Hart.

  7. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Juan Mata (Manchester United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  8. Post update

    Javier Hernández (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Vincent Kompany (Manchester City).

  10. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Michael Carrick.

  11. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Álvaro Negredo (Manchester City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Yaya Touré.

  12. Post update

    Rafael (Manchester United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Yaya Touré (Manchester City).

  14. Post update

    Patrice Evra (Manchester United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Pablo Zabaleta (Manchester City).

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Manchester City. Álvaro Negredo replaces Edin Dzeko.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Manchester United. Javier Hernández replaces Danny Welbeck.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Manchester City. James Milner replaces Samir Nasri.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Phil Jones (Manchester United).

  20. Post update

    Yaya Touré (Manchester City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

As It Stood

2Man City29213579275266
7Man Utd311561048371151
11Aston Villa3097143342-934
14West Ham3087153240-831
16West Brom30513123345-1228
17Crystal Palace3084181939-2028
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