Confident Manchester City beat Manchester United 3-0 with ease to closen gap on Chelsea in EPL

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Manchester City bagged a commanding win against strugglers Manchester United at Old Trafford. An Edin Dzeko brace along with a late strike from Yaya Toure claimed a 3-0 win for the visitors to maintain their push for the English Premier League title. (In pictures: City beat United 3-0)

The Bosnian opened the scoring on only the 44th second of the game after Samir Nasri’s effort hit the post. Manchester City rattled Manchester United with the early goal, where David Moyes’ men looked more than deflated and couldn’t then claim a hold of the game against the visitors.

Nasri rounded off a great performance by grabbing an assist as the Frenchman’s corner picked out Dzeko to score his second of the night. Toure then finished off United with a great effort which drilled through United’s defence to find the bottom left corner of the goal.

Manuel Pellegrini’s team took advantage of Manchester United’s poor defending. United never really looked like causing any trouble when they enjoyed possession as Wayne Rooney was their only hope of scoring goals. Danny Welbeck who at times tested Pablo Zabaleta and Martin Demechelis with his pace, was the only player for Manchester United to have truly gotten close to scoring as his neat flick from a cross was saved by City goalkeeper Joe Hart.

Marouane Fellaini was lucky to have received only a yellow card for an elbow on Zabaleta and was replaced by Javier Hernandez towards the end of the game. United completely lacked the physical power and desire to get anything from City. The loss has broken the momentum that they were looking to build up on after wins against Olympiakos in the Champions League and the win against West Ham at the weekend.

The victory sees City move above Liverpool into the second place and now within three points of English Premier League table-toppers Chelsea with two games in hand. Manchester United missed a chance to decrease the gap between them and Tottenham and stay in seventh place.