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It was an amazing tie: Dzeko

Manchester: Manuel Pellegrini praised Manchester City’s defensive resolve after they comfortably beat neighbours Manchester United on Tuesday, saying it gives his free-scoring title-chasers more freedom to attack.

City’s 3-0 win at Old Trafford means they have kept clean sheets in their last-five Premier League games, the first time they have achieved the feat in the top flight since 1915. “For me, it’s very important to keep our clean sheet. We know we can score lots of goals,” he said. “We were very compact and worked completely in attacking and defending. I’m very happy with the way we’re defending, now we have five clean sheets in a row (in the league).

“I don’t remember many chances Manchester United had to score. We were a compact team, an aggressive team. We started for the three points from the first minute.”

Edin Dzeko, who scored two of City’s three, said: “It was an amazing game from the first to the last minute. We wanted to start playing our game early, to press high and get an early goal which we did. “After that it was all about us. Everything went our way. We could have had another goal (in the first 10 minutes) but we scored two more in the second half.”

Speaking about the match, United manager David Moyes said: “I am the one who picks the team. I take responsibility and always will do. It is disappointing. I thought it would be a tough year but I hoped it would be more competitive.”