Manchester City star desperate to beat Manchester United - because he supports Leeds!

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Manchester City midfielder James Milner admitted that he wants to beat Manchester United on Sunday as he is a Leeds fan.

Manchester City's 2-0 home defeat to Newcastle United in the Capital One Cup on Wednesday means that Manuel Pellegrini's side have now gone three games without a win - a surprising slump in form.

Alongside a 2-2 draw with CSKA Moscow and a 2-1 loss at West Ham United, City have hit a bump in their quest to win a number of competitions, and really need a big response this weekend.

Fortunately, City have the perfect game to bounce back - the Manchester derby. City rivals United make the short trip to the Etihad Stadium on Sunday afternoon, looking for revenge after two defeats to Pellegrini's men last season.

However, the big humiliation came in October 2011, when City went to Old Trafford and returned with a stunning 6-1 win to demonstrate their development as a legitimate title rival - just months before they were crowned Premier League champions with that famous last minute goal from Sergio Aguero.

With the two sides set to meet again, City midfielder James Milner has looked back on that 6-1 thrashing, and also admitted that he's desperate to beat United - because he's a Leeds fan!

"The 6-1 at Old Trafford is obviously my favourite experience of the Manchester derby," he said. "It doesn’t happen often and obviously as a Leeds fan growing up and a City player now, United aren’t my favourite team so to go there and do that, it was an amazing day and one I will always remember."

"Of course we take into account that fans want the bragging rights and people have to go into work on the next day, so we don’t want to put them in an awkward position. Hopefully there’ll be a few United supporters dreading going into work on Monday morning!"

Milner, now 28, started his career with hometown club Leeds, emerging as a 16-year-old star with the Whites in 2002. Moves to Newcastle United and Aston Villa followed before his big switch to Manchester City in 2010, and whilst he has made over 50 appearances for England, he clearly still holds Leeds close to his heart.

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