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We showed United who's boss - Dzeko

ESPN staff
March 26, 2014
Edin Dzeko opened the scoring after just 43 seconds at Old Trafford © PA Photos

Manchester City's latest victory at Old Trafford has showed Manchester United who's boss, according to Edin Dzeko

The striker believes his team's resounding derby victory could prove "crucial'' in their bid to win the Premier League.

But a more immediate benefit has been local bragging rights and Dzeko has loudly claimed them.

"It's always good to win in a derby, especially when you win it like we did," Dzeko told City TV.

Edin in the right direction

Manuel Pellegrini secured a Manchester derby double in his first season © PA Photos
  • Manuel Pellegrini insists Edin Dzeko has become a better player under his tutelage this season after the striker scored twice in Manchester City's 3-0 derby win at Old Trafford.
  • "I am very happy for him [Dzeko] because he is a player that improves a lot this season, not only because he scores goals but because he is working the whole match," Pellegrini said.
  • "At the start of the season maybe he was not working so hard without the ball. Today Edin is in a very good moment, because he scored and he worked the whole match."

"It was great for the fans to be here and to celebrate again. We are happy for them because a derby is something special and we showed them again who is the boss in the city.

"We could have scored another two in the first 30 minutes but we controlled the game, it was all about us. It could have been more but we were happy with 3-0."

Dzeko scored after only 43 seconds - the third quickest goal in Manchester derby history - and took his tally to 20 goals for the season by volleying in a second after the interval.

Yaya Toure rubber-stamped the three points late on and ensured another chastening night for David Moyes' troubled United.

City have now won on their last three visits to Old Trafford, by an aggregate score of 11-2, but captain Vincent Kompany claimed each one has been a big deal.

"Every single win at Old Trafford is one of (those) things that goes down in history," the defender said. "We look forward to those kind of games so when you win them it's special.

"The 6-1 (in 2011) was a very special result and it was against a United competing for the league at that time.

"They were special results but [Tuesday] was important because we are trying to win the league so it's always a great feeling."

City are now just three points behind leaders Chelsea with two games in hand in the title race, though Dzeko refused to count out Liverpool and Arsenal as rivals.

He told Sky Sports: "Before the game we had three games less than Chelsea and this game was very important for us. Now we are only three points behind and still two games less. This game could be crucial at the end of the season.

"There are four teams that want to win the title and everyone's got a chance. There are still eight or so games so everything's to play for.''

United were chasing the game before a minute had been played after Dzeko, a summer transfer target for inter Milan, converted from close range and although City might have pulled further clear before the break, they asserted their authority following the restart.

Dzeko added: "It was an amazing game for us from the first to the last minute. We were amazing. We just wanted to start playing our game from the first minute, playing them high and trying to score an early goal, which we did. Then it was all about us.

"There could have been another one [an early goal] but we got two in the second half so we have to be happy.''

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