Vincent Kompany will be hoping to inflict another loss on his Manchester United supporting in-laws in the Carabao Cup.
The ex-Manchester City captain beat the Red Devils 10 times during his time at the Etihad – now he’ll be looking to do the same from the dugout with Burnley.
Not only did those wins over Man United mark key moments in Man City’s history after being in the shadows of their rivals for so many years, they were also important to the Belgian – who played 360 games for the club and won four league titles – on a personal level.
In Amazon’s docuseries ‘All or Nothing: Manchester City’, Kompany is seen watching Man United’s game against West Brom with his father-in-law and Red Devils fan, Paul McIntyre.
When the cameraman asks Paul what the engraved words on his Man United strip says, Kompany shows his Man City loyalties and replies: “It says ‘I live in the past’.”
Man United ended up losing to the Baggies 1-0, confirming they couldn’t catch league leaders Man City in that 2017/18 season, and Kompany celebrated his side’s title win right in front of his wife’s Red Devils supporting family.
As the final whistle went, his father-in-law was filmed looking understandably miffed as Man United missed out on another title to their rivals.
But he congratulated his daughter Clara’s husband eventually, of course.
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Kompany won the Carabao Cup four times during his time at the Etihad in 2014, 2016, 2018 and 2019.
His new side’s match against Man United in the Round of 16 at Old Trafford on Wednesday will be the first competitive game back for the Red Devils since the break for the 2022 World Cup.
And Kompany and the Clarets – who are flying at the top of the Championship following his arrival as manager in the summer – will be hoping to cause an upset.
Burnley were relegated from the Premier League last season, but look to be heading straight back up this campaign with 13 wins already under their belt.
Joining the Carabao Cup in the second round, the Lancashire outfit have already beaten League One Shrewsbury and League Two Crawley Town.
Man United – who beat Aston Villa 4-2 in the third round – will pose as a different threat, though.
The Clarets did hold the Red Devils to a 1-1 draw in their last meeting in the Premier League last season.
But both sides now look totally different, with Erik ten Hag replacing Ralf Rangnick and bringing in a new pool of players, whilst Kompany has transformed the style of football Burnley were previously playing under Sean Dyche.
However, given the ex-Belgian international will have his Man United in-laws and his loyalty to Man City on his mind, it’s sure to be a tasty tie.
Hopefully he’ll still be invited round for Christmas dinner if Burnley get through to the quarter-finals…
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