Belfast Telegraph

Kompany relishing United duel

Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany is relishing the prospect of a duel for the title with arch-rivals Manchester United.

The two Manchester clubs are now level at the top of the Barclays Premier League after leaders City were held to a goalless draw at West Brom and United thrashed Wigan. City's goal difference is still five better but even that is a diminished figure after successive 5-0 wins from the champions.

The warnings from Old Trafford are clear but Kompany is all the more excited about a title race, and the Belgium defender said: "We knew it would be close, there was no doubt that would be the case. To be honest, I wouldn't have liked anyone else to be battling for the title with. It is United - a good way to battle for the title."

He added: "We just need to pick up the points we should pick up. It is going to be an interesting second half to the season.

"Hopefully it would give a special flavour to that trophy if we could bring it home."

City lacked their usual bite at The Hawthorns as, after scoring 53 goals in their first 17 games, they were shut out for the first time this season.

Yet they still had a number of chances to take a grip on the game and Kompany was not concerned about the performance.

The 25-year-old said: "I thought we had a decent game. I have seen far worse performances coming to places like this.

"I think we were just unlucky we didn't score that goal."


From Belfast Telegraph