Kompany playing games with Rooney before Manchester derby
Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany felt like playing games ahead of the Sunday derby with Manchester United. The Belgian defender insisted he was hoping to meet Manchester United star Wayne Rooney on the field.
Rooney just recently returned to full fitness and has shown impressive form. Without him Manchester United were defeated 1-0 at the hands of Liverpool, but since his return to the first-team the Premier League champions are at their best once again.
The coveted English striker was ruled out because of a big gash to his head, but after returning Rooney has scored three goals in his last two games, including a memorable 200th strike for Manchester United in a Champions League victory over Bayer Leverkusen.
Kompany, who himself has just recently recovered from a groin injury, admits Rooney is one of the finest breed of striker in the world. Kompany picked up a groin injury on the opening day game against Newcastle United, but has made an impressive return last week.
“It's brilliant he's doing so well again,” Kompany told PA Sport. “You want to play against top players at their best. That's personally how I feel about it. I always want to play against players when they are at their best. I'm really happy for Wayne that he's on top form.
“This is the great thing about the Premier League, you play against top strikers all the time. But there are many players to watch out for in both teams.”
Kompany was responsible for the winning goal in the previous derby and is expected to play an important role in the game once again.
“It's a different team, it's a different season and I would say there has never been anything too predictable in the derby,” Kompany said. “Nobody predicted we would win 6-1 at Old Trafford [in October 2011], that they would beat us at the Etihad [in December 2012] and that we would win at Old Trafford [in April 2013].
“The derby is always a game you look forward to. And I don't think it's just the people in Manchester, but all over the world who look forward to enjoying it. It's a game that attracts a lot of attention.
“I never take it for granted and I feel blessed that I am able to participate in those games. You do your best to make sure you play well in these games.”