Vincent Kompany believes Manchester City will head into Sunday’s clash with Manchester United in a “good moment” despite a poor run of form.
City lost 2-1 against Crystal Palace on Monday night thanks to strikes from Glenn Murray and Jason Puncheon.
The result left them fourth in the Premier League, one point behind United and two behind second-placed Arsenal.
However, Kompany insisted the defeat will motivate City even more to beat United at Old Trafford this weekend.
Speaking about the match, Kompany said: “A derby is a derby. It doesn’t matter what place you are in the league, it’s a derby. If anything, it’s a good moment to go into a derby.
“I guess the momentum is a little bit with our neighbours at the moment, but it’s the perfect place for us to go and try to rectify what we’ve had here.”
Given that City have lost five out of their last seven games in all competitions, form akin to relegation candidates rather than reigning champions, it’s a bold statement from Kompany to say it’s a good time to play a resurgent United.
Of course, football works in mysterious ways and it’s amazing how much can happen in such a short space of time.
Five games ago, United were eight points behind third-placed City with a total of 47 points. It represents a remarkable turnaround for Louis van Gaal’s side, whose recent results have given fans confidence that they will finish in the top four.
Such is the mood around Old Trafford, many fans believe United can inflict a big victory over City this weekend but Kompany is right in that form tends to go out of the window for games like this. Anything can happen.