Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure
Saturday Dec 09, 2017. 12:00
Former Ivorian international Yaya Toure has cautioned his Manchester City team-mates ahead of their titanic clash with Manchester United.
The two Manchester giants will look horns in an English Premier League at the Old Trafford Stadium on Sunday.
Toure has informed his team-mates to be wary of their neighbours who would leave no stone unturned in their quest to secure victory.
“This year I think when you see United, they are going to be worried about us,” Toure told Manchester Evening.
“That’s going to make them very dangerous on the counter-attack and we have to be ready for that.
“Otherwise we will see the game they played against Arsenal a few days ago, so we have to be careful.
City and United are place at the top and second respectively on the league standings ahead of the highly anticipated match.
“We don’t want to lose. We have to keep this kind of gap on United because now when I see United playing games against big teams, they always wait for a mistake to hit them on the counter-attack.
“I think with players like Lukaku, [Zlatan] Ibrahimovich and [Jesse] Lingard is playing well, [Marcus] Rashford and Martial, they’re very fast to be honest," he continued.
“We need to have a big performance on Sunday. It’s going to be difficult because the way you saw Shakhtar play is the way United will play - counter-attack, counter-attack.
“Very fast and very strong. We have to be careful and, of course, we are going to train hard and try to be ready. I think it’s going to be a tough game - a derby is a derby. I don’t have to explain about a derby.
“The team is going to be hungry - it’s about who wants it more. United are in a good moment as well,” he concluded.
Kick-off is at 18h30 CAT.