Man City captain Kompany excited by Rooney challenge

Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany is ready to face red-hot Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney.

And with 33 goals — just one short of a season’s best — United’s England hotshot is certainly that, as he heads to face Kompany and Co in Monday night’s derby at the Etihad.

Kompany said: “That makes it so much more enjoyable for me.

“I don’t think things should come easy — if it’s difficult, that makes winning even better. It’s great to play against him. We have played each other so many times. I like it and hopefully we will be playing against each other for a long time because it’s always a great battle.

“He is one of the best strikers in the world, no doubt about that, and usually it’s a very strong game.

“I enjoy that in a game. It’s not just about the two of us, but it’s nice to play top players. He has all the qualities of the top strikers — he is quick, powerful and is a goalscorer.

“He is also a leader for his team and that makes him a special player.”

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