City duo eye derby upset
Vincent Kompany and Nigel de Jong are confident of causing an upset in the Manchester derby.
By Richard Bailey
Last Updated: 06/05/09 10:02am
Manchester City midfield duo Vincent Kompany and Nigel de Jong are confident of causing an upset in the Manchester derby on Sunday.
The Blues travel to Old Trafford looking to bring Manchester United back down to earth after their 4-1 aggregate success over Arsenal in the UEFA Champions League semi-final on Tuesday.
Mark Hughes' men go into the game on the back of four straight wins in all competitions, their best run all season, scoring 11 goals in the process.
To further boost their cause City are expected to welcome back Shaun Wright-Phillips and Pablo Zabaleta from injury as the club look to claim their highest Premier League finish of seventh.
"Thanks to our four wins in a row, you couldn't build any more confidence ahead of a big game like the derby," Kompany told the Daily Express.
"We have proved we are a good side. We have been well organised, got forward quickly and scored goals.
"I hope we can win our last three games but hopefully six or seven points will be enough to claim seventh place."
Meanwhile De Jong, signed from Hamburg in January where he also partnered Kompany in midfield, is determined to play his part after watching City's 2-1 win at the Theatre of Dreams last year on television.
"For me this is one of the biggest derbies in the world. I have been aware of it since I was a kid and now I am part of it," the Dutchman told the Manchester Evening News.
"I understand how special it is to the supporters and local people of Manchester - most of whom are Blues.
"We have been playing well recently but we will have to step up our game another notch at Old Trafford on Sunday. We both need to win the game for different reasons and it should be a great contest.
"We won there for the first time in a long time last year and lightning does strike twice.
"I watched last season's match on television and know what a huge impact it had in Manchester. It would be nice to repeat that.
"Old Trafford has to be one of the ultimate stages on which to perform and one of the most satisfying to come away from with a win.
"It would be great to put one over, too, on my international colleague Edwin van der Sar. There may be a bit of banter in the days leading up to the game."