City on the up for derby date

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Vincent Kompany hopes Manchester City's 2-0 UEFA Cup victory at Schalke on Thursday has given them an ideal confidence boost for this weekend's derby showdown with Manchester United.

Benjani Mwaruwari and Stephen Ireland were on target to lift Mark Hughes' team to their second win in as many group matches and send them through to the last 32.

Kompany said: "It is great for our confidence. Obviously, we are really looking forward to the match (against United). It will be very special."

After defeating Arsenal and Schalke in quick succession, Kompany claims City will be entering Sunday's Barclays Premier League match against United on a high.

"The two wins were very important," he added.

"In the last two games we did not have as much possession as we usually have - but we got rewarded because we were organised, concentrated and played like a very experienced team."

Kompany was moved to the unusual position of centre back during the win over Schalke after a thigh injury to Pablo Zabaleta.

"The change was no surprise to me," Kompany told PA Sport.

"Since my move to City, I only played in midfield - and my performances were very, very good.

"But I knew the coach signed me because I could help out in central defence in case of injuries. That is no problem for me - I know my role. I always knew I could help the team in defence sooner or later."

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