Manchester City latest: Hart pleads for calm and Kompany pleased with Rooney form

Joe Hart

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As Manchester City prepare for the derby against Manchester United on Sunday, Blues ‘keeper Joe Hart has called for calm from both sets of supporters.

Last year’s corresponding match was marred when Rio Ferdinand was struck by a coin thrown from the crowd as he celebrated Robin van Persie’s late winner. Hart himself also stepped in when a fan got onto the pitch, and the England man has called for those scenes not to be repeated.

In quotes published in the Mirror, Hart said, “There were incidents last year which no one wants to see repeated.

The eyes of the world will be on this game as usual, and I’m confident the supporters will do the club proud.”

With City’s substantial new additions, and Marouane Fellaini newly-installed in the United midfield, there will be plenty of new faces but the same electric atmosphere for a match that rarely disappoints.

Another City player has also been speaking about the upcoming game, revealing that he is pleased with Wayne Rooney’s return to form.

In an interview published by the Daily Mail, City captain Vincent Kompany said, “I always want to play against players when they are at their best. I’m really happy for Wayne that he’s on top form.”

Whether he still feels that way when the final whistle blows will be revealed in due course. But there is no doubt the return of the Belgian defender is a huge boost for Manuel Pellegrini, as he prepares for his first Manchester derby.

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