"Benjani's an instant hero now," said City captain Richard Dunne. "I know how hard he is to mark so I know what a handful he is. He will be great asset.
"We go into the Everton game only three points behind them so we have a chance to catch them in that race for fourth place.
"This was a bonus three points in many ways, but the manner of the performance and the fact we've beaten Manchester United is the boost that will kick us on for the rest of the season."