Published: Thu, December 07, 2017
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Kevin De Bruyne would prefer to face Paul Pogba in Manchester derby

Kevin De Bruyne would prefer to face Paul Pogba in Manchester derby

A win would see City move 11 points clear at the top of the league, extending their impressive unbeaten stretch and put them in an even more dominant position. To be more specific, they've flown to Kharkiv, which is where Shakhtar actually play their games nowadays due to unfortunate circumstances.

The former West Ham defender says the Sky Blues do have some weaknesses in their style of play but admitted it is hard for the opposition to sustain the same level of energy City have been continually displaying until the final whistle.

The men's September 2016 reunion promised much, Guardiola's slick City wiping the floor with United in the first half before a Claudio Bravo blunder enabled Zlatan Ibrahimovic to make a game of it in the second.

They lead Manchester United by eight points in the league and play away at Old Trafford on Sunday.

Silva, who scored the pivotal victor against West Ham United on Sunday, was left out of the City squad that travelled to Kharkiv for their final Champions League group game against Shakhtar Donetsk. "But the teams have been playing closed, we have had difficulty finding the spaces there, because there are a lot of people in front of the box".

Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure has crowned his side the best in Europe on current form, citing their footballing style as second to none so far this season. Pep Guardiola said in his pre-match presser that he wants his team to win this game, but that doesn't mean he'll go with a really strong team.

Having already secured top spot, Wednesday's match has little riding on it for City and Guardiola is expected to rest players.

Silva scored City's victor against West Ham on Sunday.

The 32-year-old said: "They are doing great and have a great team".

"It will be interesting to see if they will be like that against Manchester City because Manchester City could pierce them open, should they come out the back. We are going to need him as well for the derby".

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