Benjani's debut goal stuns Man United

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The 2-1 victory – City’s first over United since 1974 at Old Trafford - completes a double over the defending champions, who are now left to pick up the pieces of their faltering title challenge.

The former Jomo Cosmos players’ goal came from a header on the stroke of half time to just beat keeper Van der Sar’s outstretched arms.

_quoteCity’s new coach Sven Goran Eriksson was particularly pleased with Mwaruwari, who scored on his City debut following a move from Portsmouth.

“Benjani was absolutely brilliant. He scored a goal, kept the ball and when United had the ball he worked and worked. He’s strong and quick and I’m very happy to have got him.”

United assistant manager Carlos Queiroz says that a slow start cost his side dearly against City.

“It was very disappointing to lose, especially today and we did not play very well. Today was one of those games the lads really wanted to do their best to win but we did not have any tempo or inspiration early in the game.

“We were perhaps too anxious at the start, and that combined with a Manchester City side who showed good movement and were strong on the counter-attack. I think the attitude of City and the way we started the game was what influenced the result.”

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