Man City skipper Vincent Kompany seeks redemption at Manchester derby
Vincent Kompany claims Manchester United’s dominance in the Premier League will not distract Manchester City from the significance of the derby between the two clubs at Old Trafford next week.
Manchester City skipper Vincent Kompany scored the lone in last season’s corresponding game between Manchester City and Manchester United. Manchester United are well ahead of second-placed Manchester City in the Premier League, which is why Vincent Kompany has urged his side to reclaim their status as the dominant side in Manchester.
A 3-2 victory at the Etihad Stadium earlier this season gave Manchester United the bragging rights to claim they were the top club in England. Vincent Kompany insists Manchester City still have a chance to prove their side is better than Manchester United, although the latter is expected to win the Premier League title this season.
“A derby is a derby. I don't think we could care less about the league in that game,” Vincent Kompany said. “It is about who is going to be champions of Manchester - that is all it is.”
The battle between the Manchester clubs might not be as intense as it was last April, but Vincent Kompany understands that this will be Manchester City’s last shot at redemption. With only three games remaining and Manchester City desperately seeking a victory, Vincent Kompany played the captain’s role in taking his side to victory.
“Last year had so much more to it. It was a derby and a big comeback from all of us,” Vincent Kompany added. “It is a completely different situation, today and last year.
“You don't get too many moments like that in your career, but you move on and hopefully I will score many more in the future. I have never been someone who has milked the result we had last year. Those things don't happen often.
“For me it is a one-off game and everything that has happened in the past has no importance whatsoever next Monday. It is about coming out on top in that game. I am looking forward to it and I think everyone else at Manchester City is too.”
After losing the Premier League title in dramatic fashion last year, the Old Trafford boss Sir Alex Ferguson insists Manchester United will not ease up in the coming weeks. Vincent Kompany believes Manchester City will have to be on their toes against their bitter rivals in attempt to bring glory to the Eastlands.
“I don't expect Manchester United to be less motivated because they have this points gap between us where they are pretty safe,” Vincent Kompany added. “It will be like a one-off game, it will be like a cup final. There will be everything in it.
“For the neutrals we have enjoyed a couple of great derbies in the last couple of years. I can only wish the same with a happy ending for Manchester City.”