In the latest Manchester City news, captain Vincent Kompany feels the unthinkable might happen, with Manchester United fans actually supporting them when they face Liverpool in the Champions League quarter-finals.
City and the Reds were paired with each other in the last eight of Europe’s elite club competition and will square off in the opening leg at Anfield on Wednesday, April 4 before the return fixture at the Etihad on Tuesday, April 10.
It is a mouth-watering tie, with the Citizens having dominated the Premier League this season and Jurgen Klopp’s side in third after playing some scintillating football at times.
It has all the makings of a classic and is the talk of the city at the moment, and Kompany admits he would not be surprised if those of a red persuasion in Manchester were even rooting for the old enemy to get one over on their fierce rivals from Merseyside.
“It is the only thing people talk about in Manchester right now,” he told Sky Sports. “The Champions League is obviously massive, somehow I feel like we do get a little bit of support from the United fans for that fixture.”
Whether Kompany’s thoughts are true is open to debate but many in the sport feel that City have what it takes to go all the way in this season’s competition despite the form of Real Madrid and Barcelona.
They still have some tough games to play in the Premier League, including a clash with United on April 7 and a trip to Wembley to take on Tottenham seven days later, but even the most downbeat City fan will concede they are not going to blow a 16-point lead at this stage of the season.
Pep Guardiola’s men will return from the international break to play Everton at Goodison Park on March 31.