Vincent Kompany says Manchester City walked away with the ‘moral victory’ following their 3-2 defeat against Manchester United in the 3rd round of the FA Cup on Sunday.
United looked capable of doling out a beating akin to the 6-1 win City recorded at Old Trafford in October as they raced to a 3-0 lead by half-time at the Etihad Stadium.
Despite Kompany being sent off in the 11th minute however, City rallied in the clawed back two goals in the second half to set up a tense finish before falling just short.
That left United boss Sir Alex Ferguson fuming that his side had let their fierce rivals off the hook, and Kompany believes that his side ended up taking much more out of the game than their opponents despite the eventual result.
“The fans, the players and every single person involved with Man City FC were incredible today. Definitely the moral winners of this game," the Belgian international wrote on Twitter.
Kompany’s defiance came as the FA confirmed they have received an appeal from City over the 24-year-old’s red card in the explosive tie.
A statement from the governing body read: "City have today lodged an appeal with the Football Association relating to the red card issued to Vincent Kompany during Sunday's FA Cup tie with Manchester United at the Etihad Stadium.
"The FA have confirmed that a hearing will be held ahead of Wednesday evening's Carling Cup semi-final first leg at home to Liverpool."
City’s skipper faces a four game ban if his appeal is turned down because of a red card he received against Wolves earlier this season, meaning he could miss both legs of the Carling Cup semi-final against Liverpool, as well as league games against Wigan and Tottenham.