Joe Hart issues derby day rallying call

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Joe Hart has urged the Manchester City fans to be as vocal as ever on Sunday without the moments of madness that marred last season's encounter. 

A small portion of City fans showered themselves in shame with their actions towards the end of the game. As Rio Ferdinand celebrated Robin van Persie's winning goal at the Etihad he was struck by an object thrown from the crowd, later to be revealed as a two pence piece, while Hart had to grab hold of a pitch invader making his way towards the Manchester United defender.

Speaking to, Hart said: “The derby is one of the most anticipated and exciting games in world football. As players, we are all looking forward to Sunday, and we know that the fans will be too.

“The home support is so important for us, and I know they will be like an extra man for the team on the day. As always, we need our fans in full voice, but we also need them to respect the occasion.

“There were incidents last year which no-one wants to see repeated. The eyes of the world will be on this game as usual, and I’m confident our supporters will do the Club proud.

“Our fans are the best in the world and we want you to show your passion for the Club, but in the right way.”

The Manchester derby has taken extra significance in recent years as City challenge United for the league title, as well as local bragging rights.

Traditionally United fans have seen games with Liverpool as the grudge-match of the season, but with the so called 'Noisy Neighbours' looking to stake a claim as England's premier club the intensity of the Manchester derby has reached new heights.

With the game coming at such an early stage of the season the result is unlikely to have a major impact on the destination of the Premier League title but both managers will be desperate to take all three points in their maiden derby outing. 

To see where the game could be won or lost on Sunday take a look at our preview of some of the key battles.

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