"Benjani is the perfect player for 4-5-1," he told setantasports.com at the after-match press conference. "He will help us in our quest for Europe. Fingers crossed that he will play the rest of the games, as he did for Portsmouth.
"He played more or less all of their games. He is a great player, with a great attitude."
The Swede refused to take credit for having won the tactical war with United boss Sir Alex Ferguson, but accepted that Benjani had given his City side an extra dimension.
"I don't know [that City won the tactical battle]," he continued.
"We have technique, we have pace, and with Benjani we have it even more.
"Benjani has good technique, he is very, very quick, he can keep the ball up there, and he can score goals. He will be very important for us."