Manchester City vs Manchester United: Wayne Rooney Will Dominate Vincent Kompany

Brian Mazique@@UniqueMaziqueCorrespondent IIIApril 28, 2012

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 23:  Wayne Rooney of Manchester United competes with Vincent Kompany of Manchester City during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Manchester City at Old Trafford on October 23, 2011 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
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Vincent Kompany's length on defense makes him a valuable and productive player for Manchester City, but he will not contain Wayne Rooney.

Manchester City and Manchester United will renew their bitter rivalry on Monday, April 30 at Etihad Stadium. 

The Kompany-Rooney matchup is key in deciding the outcome of this match.

Rooney has been playing out of his mind, and Kompany's valiant effort isn't likely to bring him to his senses.

Rooney has 26 goals in 29 games started this season in Premier League play. That total only trails Robin van Persie of Arsenal for the Premier League Golden Boot award.

Kompany is a good fit as a Rooney-stopper, but his inability to accomplish his goal is not a discredit to him. It's more of an acknowledgement of just how good Rooney is playing.

Kompany's best chance is to try and frustrate Rooney with physical play. Manchester City can only hope to have Rooney lose his temper and concentration.

But Rooney is so strong and stout on challenges, he is normally able to stand up to physical attempts to disturb ball control.

Yet Rooney is unselfish and patient.

He will allow his teammates to shine. Then when it appears he is working in the confines of the Man U attack, he will explode. Much like he did against Everton on Sunday.

Rooney had two goals in the match that ended in a 4-4 draw.

I expect No. 10 to stay hot and lead the Man U past Man City.

It's the truth, drink it straight.

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