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Sunday 4 December 2016

Man City skipper Vincent Kompany can't wait to face Man United

Vincent Kompany
Vincent Kompany

Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany is already plotting derby victory ahead of the new Premier League season.

And it's not just to keep the in-laws quiet.

The last time the two Manchester rivals met was at Old Trafford in April - and it was a bad day for two reasons for the big Belgian. United won 4-2 to help put the skids under City's title challenge.

And Kompany injured himself in a lunging tackle on Daley Blind that saw him handed a yellow card that could have been red.

City had won the first derby of last season 1-0 courtesy of a Sergio Aguero strike and Kompany said: "I hate losing derbies, but you don't play those types of game and win them all - it just doesn't happen.

"I've got personal reasons why I want to win those matches more than any other games: my family is very involved in the red and blue divide.

"When I'm going to visit my kids' grandparents, I want to be the one who's smiling!"

While the derby will, as usual, be partly about local bragging rights, Kompany is focused clearly on regaining the Premier League crown.

"Chelsea were the best team in England by far last season," said the City skipper, 29.

"They played attractive football against the teams they know they could afford to play attractive football against.

"We have to be more consistent. Our home form was our strength in the seasons we won the title, but last season it let us down. We had some injuries at bad times."

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