Manchester Derby Will Shake Your Heart on Sunday As Rooney on Top Form

Vincent Kompany is relishing his showdown with Wayne Rooney, claiming “it’s brilliant” the Manchester United striker is back to his best.

Kompany will be charged with trying to shackle Rooney in Sunday’s Manchester derby and while other Premier League defenders might be nervous, the Manchester City skipper is undaunted.

He says he is glad Rooney is firing again after netting three times in his last two games to reach 200 goals for champions United.

Kompany hasn’t lost his marbles and explained as a professional, he wants to pit himself against Rooney at the top of his game.

“It’s brilliant he’s doing so well again,” said the defensive linchpin. “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 is also unconcerned about facing David Moyes for the first time as United boss, despite the Scot’s hoodoo over City.

As Everton manager, Moyes won 10 of his previous 14 games against Manchester City.

Kompany refuses to accept that Moyes has them sussed out and insists everything will be different at the Etihad on Sunday when he says the world will be watching.

“It’s a different team, it’s a different season and I would say there has never been anything too predictable in the derby,” said the Belgium star.

“Nobody predicted we would win 6-1 at Old Trafford, that they would beat us at the Etihad and that we would win at Old Trafford.

“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.”

City go into the derby boosted by their comfortable 3-0 Champions League win over Viktoria Plzen and, after failing to make the knock-out stages in their two previous attempts, Kompany aims to top the group.

First place in Group D is already looking like a straight fight between City and Bayern Munich and Kompany refuses to be awed by the Champions League holders, who are next up at the Etihad on October 1.

“If you look at the group, Bayern won and we just hope the group won’t look too different come the end of the campaign,” he said. “We want to be in the top two of the group.

“I think the pressure is off us a bit. We know if we do our jobs correctly and beat CSKA Moscow and Plzen at home, that should see us through.

“But you’re in it to win it. We’re playing them at home and even in the Champions League, we have a very good record at home.

“There’s no reason for us to have too much respect for the opposition.

“It’s one of those games, which if you win sets you up really nice in the group. And if you don’t, then you know you have to win the rest of the games.”

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