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'I couldn’t believe it'

Vincent Kompany recalls the moment Wayne Rooney scored THAT overhead-kick in the Manchester derby

The Manchester City skipper has nothing but respect for the former United striker

For many of us (but especially Manchester United fans) Wayne Rooney’s spectacular overhead-kick goal against Man City in 2011 will go down as one of the greatest. 

It’s certainly one of the most iconic strikes of the Premier League’s 25-year history, and has since been voted the league’s greatest ever goal.

Even Rooney himself said it was the best goal of his career.

Not a bad strike, was it?

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Not a bad strike, was it?

And six years on, the moment still haunts City defender Vincent Kompany.


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United and City were battling for the Premier League title at the time, with United’s 2-1 win over their bitter cross-city rivals – courtesy of Rooney’s goal –  going a long way to securing that season’s crown.

Kompany battles with Rooney for the ball

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Kompany battles with Rooney for the ball

Speaking to Manchester Evening News ahead of City’s Monday night clash against Rooney’s Everton, Kompany says he has nothing but respect for Rooney – but reckons he had the better of the striker for the majority of that famous match.

He said: “Top strikers do things at unbelievable times and that goal was a testimony to Wayne’s talent.

“I couldn’t believe it anyway because in that game I absolutely had him in my pocket.

“I played a really strong game and then he pulls the overhead kick and I’m thinking: ‘Oh, come on …’ but I have a lot of respect for Wayne.

“He’s got the ability to recognise when he needs to get in the box.”

Rooney’s has returned to Everton after 13 years away

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Rooney’s has returned to Everton after 13 years away

Rooney’s 13-year spell at Old Trafford came to an end this summer, with the 31-year-old struggling to get into Jose Mourinho’s side last season.

But his career could be back on the rise after returning to the Toffees.

And Kompany still believes Wazza has that ability that sets him apart from others.

He said: “Even that goal he scored against Stoke last week, I don’t think many other players would have done it.

“We can all play the pass he played, maybe even head it like he did, but the hard bit is understanding that this is the moment I need to go.

“He has that timing, he sees things quickly, and just like the overhead kick it’s something that sets him apart.”


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