• City captain played first full game of season on Tuesday
• 'You want to play against top players at their best'
Vincent Kompany reckons he will relish playing against an in-form Wayne Rooney.
The Belgian completed his first full game of the campaign in Tuesday evening's 3-0 win at Viktoria Plzen in the Champions League. This followed the groin injury the captain suffered during City's victory against Newcastle United on 19 August.
The win over Plzen came on the same evening Rooney scored twice in United's 4-2 defeat of Bayer Leverkusen in their first group match to take the striker to 200 for the club. The 27-year-old has three goals already this season and has appeared in impressive form despite an unsettled summer in which he sought to move to Chelsea.
Asked if he hopes Rooney's form will dip at the Etihad Stadium, Kompany said: "No, it's brilliant. You want to play against top players at their best. That's how I feel about it. 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. This is the great thing about the Premier League, you play against top strikers all the time. But there are many players to watch out for in both teams."
City and United each have seven points so the derby is a chance for one to gain an early season advantage. " It's always a game you look forward to," the defender said. "And I don't think it's just the people in Manchester, but all over the world who look forward to enjoying it. It's a game that attracts a lot of attention. I never take it for granted and I feel blessed that I am able to participate in those games. You do your best to make sure you play well in these games."
When in charge of Everton David Moyes, the United manager, regularly recorded victories over City, with the Scot doing so at least once in each of the past six league campaigns. But Kompany, who has been at City since August 2008, does not believe this will have any impact on Sunday, when Moyes manages for the first time in a Manchester derby.
"It's a different team, it's a different season and I would say there has never been anything too predictable in the derby," the Belgian said. "Nobody predicted we would win 6-1 at Old Trafford [two seasons ago], that they would beat us at the Etihad and that we would win at Old Trafford [both last term]. I guess that's what the fans want too. It is unpredictable."
City's next match in the Champions League is in a fortnight, when they entertain Bayern Munich. Kompany suggested that the win over Plzen removes the pressure of defeating the German champions then or in the return game. He believes that if Plzen and CSKA Moscow are defeated at the Etihad City will progress to the knockout phase for a first time.
"It's going to be great [when Bayern visit]. Also I think the pressure is off us a bit," he said. "We know if we do our jobs correctly and beat CSKA Moscow and Plzen at home, that should see us through. But you're in it to win it, so I guess the game against Bayern will be a very good game and something of a prestige game as well.
"We're playing them at home and even in the Champions League we have a very good record at home. There's no reason for us to have too much respect for the opposition. I don't believe it's a game changer. It's one of those games which if you win sets you up really nice in the group. And if you don't, then you know you have to win the rest of the games.
"If you look at the rest of the group, Bayern won [too]. We just hope the group won't look too different come the end of the campaign. We want to be in the top two." Kompany also confirmed he came through the match unscathed. "Everything feels good," he said.