By Rhonda Richards | In Match Reports - Away Games
Manchester City piled on the misery for David Moyes and Manchester United as they came away from Old Trafford with a comfortable 3-0 win over their rivals, sustaining the pressure on current league leaders Chelsea.
Micah sat out the clash as he continues to ease back into action after a knee injury, and the fans had barely taken their seats when the visitors were in front.
David Silva’s shot was initially blocked, but the ball found its way to Samir Nasri who struck the post, only for the ball to rebound to Edin Dzeko to tap home from a yard out for his sixth goal in eight games to make it 1-0.
It then opened up for Silva minutes later but his attempt was blocked once again, whilst Dzeko – in the thick of it early on – went close with another shot soon after.
Juan Mata could and should have done better when Rafael’s ball in found its way to the Spain international only for him to blaze over, and the score remained as was as the teams went in at the interval.
Fernandinho – impressive throughout – fired over with the goal at his mercy seven minutes into the second half after Vincent Kompany’s header, but the City faithful didn’t have long to wait for a second. Dzeko it was who doubled his and City’s tally, coasting to the front post and heading home from Nasri’s corner to make it 2-0.
Moyes’s side did continue to threaten, though their attacks often lacked a final product, but Danny Welbeck did go close with an improvised back heel that required quick reactions from Joe Hart, before he parried clear a curling Wayne Rooney free kick.
With the tempo of the game on the wane, Yaya Toure grabbed a third, cutting in after James Milner’s ball and blasting beyond David De Gea to make it 3-0 and seal the win to move City to within three points of Chelsea with two games in hand.
Man Utd: De Gea; Rafael, Ferdinand, Jones, Evra; Carrick, Cleverley, Fellaini; Mata, Welbeck, Rooney
Man City: Hart, Zabaleta, Kompany ©, Demichelis, Clichy, Yaya Toure, Fernandinho, Nasri, Silva, Navas, Dzeko