Kevin De Bruyne Insists Manchester City Must Be Wary of Wounded Manchester United

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De Bruyne says City need to be wary of United after their Champions League exit
De Bruyne says City need to be wary of United after their Champions League exit / Pool/Getty Images
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Kevin De Bruyne admits Manchester City need to be wary of the threat posed by Manchester United as the Red Devils attempt to bounce back from their midweek Champions League exit.

United suffered a 3-2 loss to RB Leipzig on Tuesday evening to consign them to the Europa League, and there is no let up for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side as they face rivals City in the Manchester derby on Saturday.

United crashed out of the Champions League on Tuesday
United crashed out of the Champions League on Tuesday / DeFodi Images/Getty Images

De Bruyne admits City have to be cautious as they face a United side with a point to prove following the events of midweek.

"We need to try to get an advantage with the chances we have and we need to be careful because given everything that has happened this week, it is a good game for them to flick the switch," the City midfielder said (via the Daily Mail).

"They will want to show a different side to what happened in Leipzig and we need to be aware of that. The derby has become bigger with us doing so well and battling for titles. I don't think anyone needs to tell any player how important the derby is."

United got the better of City twice last season
United got the better of City twice last season / Visionhaus/Getty Images

The Red Devils did the double over City in the top flight last term, winning 2-1 at the Etihad in December and 2-0 at Old Trafford in March. De Bruyne praised the manner in which United got the better of them during the 2019/20 campaign, but is eager for his side to right the wrongs of last season.

"They won last year so we need to try and make that right," De Bruyne added. "We made a couple of mistakes and it was difficult to come back.

"They have some new players and maybe they will play a bit more offensively. It depends how the game goes, who scores first. They played defensively and on the counter last season and picked us off really well."


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