Kevin De Bruyne has warned Manchester United they’ll struggle to cope with Manchester City’s attacking options in Sunday’s derby – and says he will play as a centre forward if asked.
De Bruyne was pressed into a central striking role for the final 15 minutes of Wednesday’s 2-1 Champions League win over Sevilla following the withdrawal of Wilfried Bony – and popped up with the crucial injury-time winner as City claimed successive wins in the tournament.
And even without the injured Sergio Aguero, De Bruyne believes Louis Van Gaal’s men will be stretched by City at Old Trafford.
De Bruyne said: “If United put maybe two people on me, then that means someone else has more space.
“I think we have such a great team that on these levels it is very difficult to put two people on one guy in the very big games. If they do that someone else will be free and will have more chances to do something for us.
“Playing as a No 9 is not something that I am used to, but if the manager asks me to do it I will do. I don’t have a lot of experience there but I have played everywhere in my career. You have one game where you play good on the right and another good on the left.
“I am happy with the goal against Sevilla because it gives us a little advantage going into the final three games of the Champions League group.
“But a derby is a completely different game, it’s something special. Hopefully we can play a good game and win over there because it is one of the main goals for the supporters also.
“Derbies are the same everywhere I think whether they are here, in Belgium or Germany, If you can win this one for the supporters they will be very happy and they will talk about it for half a season until the next game. It is a big deal for them.”
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