Kyle Walker has said last season’s 2-1 loss at Old Trafford isn’t motivation for Manchester City. The treble winners travel to Old Trafford tomorrow to face Manchester United. Last season saw City go down 2-1 after a controversial VAR decision allowed Bruno Fernandes equaliser to stand.
Heading into tomorrow’s derby Walker has told Andy Hampson of the Independent that last season’s loss doesn’t motivate his side. He said: “I don’t think we think like that. “Last season is done, we lost at Old Trafford and went on to win the treble. Ultimately that’s what matters. The City captain added: “Of course, this game means a lot but it’s part of a bigger picture and, OK we lost last season and the luck didn’t go in our favour. But we bounced back from that and did what we did.”
City would go on to beat Manchester United in last season’s FA Cup final en route to clinching the treble. As much as losing at Old Trafford last season in controversial circumstances hurt, City would ultimately get the last laugh last season.
Kyle Walker did say City were motivated to win the derby due to what the game means for the players and Manchester City fans. He explained: “We want to win the game because of what it means and because ultimately it will help us in trying to win the Premier League again. We don’t need to think beyond that. We’ve had some great games against them in recent years and our focus is on giving the fans something to enjoy again on Sunday.”
Any meeting between the two Manchester clubs is a big game on the football calendar. Sunday’s game promises to be another epic encounter between the local rivals.