Edin Dzeko opened the scoring just 42 seconds from the first whistle as Manchester United fell asleep at the wheel. A shot caromed off the post and directly into the path of the Bosnian forward that was unmarked for the unabated tap in. United captain Patrice Evra, who failed to track Dzeko, could only look on and watch.
The home side collected themselves a little and started passing the football with some improvement, though anything would be considered better than how they started. The remainder of the first half saw a couple of chances for the Citizens, but nothing came of them.
David Moyes made a change in the second half bringing on Shinji Kagawa, but it had very little impact on the game.
Instead, it was Dzeko again that scored off a corner beating David De Gea for the game’s second goal.
United tried, a word Moyes loves to use in his press conferences, to get something going, but there was nothing there.
Forward Danny Welbeck had a half-chance with a back-heel effort, but it was denied and dispatched away. It was United’s main scoring chance of the game, a representation of how poor they were on the night.
City’s industrial engine, Yaya Toure, completed the scoreline with his goal after the 90 minutes had expired.
Moyes, who has lost to fierce rivals Liverpool and Manchester City 3-0 at home in the last nine days, will be back square in the hot seat, despite wins against Olympiakos and West Ham. And he should be.
United have now lost 10 league games and sit in 7th place while City continue to hold their own destiny in their hands. Should the Citizens win their remaining fixtures, they will be crowned champions.