A goal inside the first minute and a second for Edin Dzeko devastated Manchester United tonight at Old Trafford before Yaya Toure scored a late goal to help Manchester City win the derby 3-0.
The 3-0 away victory over Manchester United saw City climb into second place in the Premier League table with two games in hand compared to table toppers Chelsea. Heading into the contest, David Moyes’ men were buoyed by good wins over Olympiakos and West Ham United, but Manchester City stung them immediately as Edin Dzeko scored after just 43 seconds, registering the fastest away goal at Old Trafford in Premier League history.
United proceeded to stagger their way through the opening exchanges and rarely were a threat to stop City extending their present dominance of the fixture to five wins from six league encounters, though six minutes before half-time Juan Mata might have leveled the score.
Eleven minutes into the second half, Dzeko struck a goal to give City plenty of breathing space before Yaya Toure added a third on the 90th minute mark, as another example of City’s dominance over United in the most recent derbies.
While Manuel Pellegrini’s men are still very much in the title race, United and Moyes must watch it from a distance with just one win out of eleven against the teams above them this term.
The 3,000 visiting supporters at Old Trafford greeted each completed pass with a chant of ‘Ole’ in the match, while the worst part of the night for Manchester United fans was trying to accept how easily they lost and were brushed aside by the team they beat to the title by 11 points last season.
The only positive for United was that Marouane Fellaini escaped a red card and subsequent suspension for an ugly elbow on Pablo Zabaleta in the first half when referee Michael Oliver decided a yellow card was sufficient.
A woeful evening for United was completed when a pass from substitute James Milner deflected into Toure’s path, providing the opportunity for the midfielder to drive home the ball into the bottom corner in trademark fashion.
With Manchester United looking woefully inadequate yet again tonight, questions surround how to fix the cracks and strengthen the weaknesses. This is going to be a very long summer for United supporters.