Vincent Kompany believes local pride is more important than Premier League points when Manchester City play Manchester United on Monday evening, according to the
Kompany is targeting victory in the final Manchester derby of the season but not to help City pull back the runaway league leaders, but to give the club’s supporters something to smile about in the shape of bragging rights over their near neighbours.
United are 15 points clear at the top of the table with both teams having eight games still to play this season, and if City are to stage an unlikely comeback and retain the title, they are going to have to win at Old Trafford.
Kompany however is focused solely on the derby factor. He said: “A derby is a derby. I don’t think we could care less about the league in that game. It is about who is going to be champions of Manchester – that is all it is.”
A year ago it was Kompany who scored the crucial goal in a Manchester derby at City’s Etihad Stadium as Roberto Mancini’s side drew level on points with United with only a handful of games to play. That victory meant City had come back from eight points adrift, with City going on to win the title on goal difference.
Kompany is not expecting a repeat of last season, though, and feels the events of last season are irrelevant to how things stand today. “Last year had so much more to it. It was a derby and a big comeback from all of us. It is a completely different situation, today and last year” Kompany said, adding: “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.
“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.”
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