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Vincent Kompany’s goal against Man United was a carbon copy of the one he scored back in 2012

Man City's captain loves a title-deciding goal against their bitter rivals, doesn't he?

It was in the script really, wasn’t it?

Vincent Kompany scored the opener for Man City against United this evening and it could well be the goal that seals City the title this season.

On the 25th minute, Leroy Sane whipped in a corner towards the City captain, who got the better of his hapless man-marker Chris Smalling to power home a header beyond David de Gea.

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Pep Guardiola’s side are top of the table this season through some rather fancy football, but this was as direct as it gets.

And funnily enough, it’s almost exactly the same goal he scored against United back in 2012, which also helped City on their way to their first Premier League title that year.

In fact, it was same end, against the same marker. 

Weird, huh?

Back then, Roberto Mancini’s City won the Manchester derby 1-0 thanks to Kompany’s header, with just two games remaining of the season.

City needed victory that day to go top over Sir Alex Ferguson’s side, and would later go onto win the title in dramatic fashion with a late rally against QPR.

We’re sure you remember that.

Back in 2012 – can you spot the difference?

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Back in 2012 – can you spot the difference?

This game and the circumstances surrounding the inevitable title-win are very different, though.

City lead United by 16-points going into this one and the title is wrapped up if they beat their rivals today, which is looking rather good at the minute.

Ilkay Gundogan nabbed a second not long after Kompany’s opener, with a beautiful turn and flick, before tucking the ball away into the bottom corner.

It’s happenin’, folks. It’s happenin’.

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