Edin Dzeko revealed that Manchester City’s 6-1 thrashing of rivals Manchester United in their own backyard in 2011 is one of the most treasured moments of his career.
Under now-Italy coach Roberto Mancini, City ruthlessly thrashed United at Old Trafford to inflict the Red Devils with their biggest home defeat since February 1955.
Sir Alex Ferguson’s side were completely outplayed on the day with Sergio Aguero and David Silva getting on the scoresheet, while both Mario Balotelli and Dzeko each netted braces for City.
The victory put City five points clear at the top of the Premier League back in October 2011 and put them firmly on course for their first top-flight league title in 44 years.
“To beat them 6-1 in their own ground was a humiliation, especially in a derby when it’s even worse,” Dzeko told FourFourTwo.
“It all happened so quickly – we got three goals in the last five minutes or something like that.
“Maybe that game gave us more power and energy to think we could do it at the end; that we were the team to win it that year.
“Beating United with Alex Ferguson, one of the greatest managers in history, was a special moment for us and the fans, and it gave us an even more special relationship because they loved us more.
“United always had that flag which counted the years City were without a title, making fun of our fans. After the 6-1 they were quiet!”
The Citizens won the 2011/12 Premier League title in late fashion by coming back from 2-1 down to grab two stoppage-time goals and claim a 3-2 win over Queens Park Rangers on the final day of the season.
The victory enabled City to finish top of the standings on 89 points with United, but ahead of superior goal difference.
Dzeko added: “Even though we played good football all season, to win the league like that in stoppage time made it even crazier, and I was just happy to be a part of it.
“I was there for four-and-a-half years, I won some trophies – after City had waited 44 years [for a top-flight title] – and had a great time, so it was a special period in my career.
“I still follow City when I can. They feel like my club, and it was a pleasure to play in the best league in the world – you want to play with the best and compete with the best. It’s amazing to see how much City have grown as a club since then.”
In total, Dzeko managed 72 goals and 39 assists in 189 appearances for City and won another Premier League title in 2013/14 along with a FA Cup, EFL Cup and the Community Shield.
The Bosnian striker now plays for AS Roma in the Serie A.
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