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“You always have that extra energy" - Bernardo Silva previews the Manchester Derby

Harry Winters

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“You always have that extra energy" - Bernardo Silva previews the Manchester Derby

Bernardo Silva has previewed this weekend's Manchester Derby, taking place at the Etihad Stadium.

Manchester City are hoping to make it three successive wins over local rivals Manchester United, as the Blues look to extend their unbeaten start the campaign this weekend.

Pep Guardiola's side will be looking to move back to within one point of league leaders Arsenal, who extended their lead at the top of the table with a win in the North London Derby on Saturday.

Bernardo Silva is gearing up to feature in his 11th Manchester Derby, with the 28 year-old having played a pivotal role in past clashes against United.

The Portugal midfielder reflected on his involvement in past meetings, with the City star memorably scoring at Old Trafford in both the Premier League and League Cup.

“My second season (2018/19) when we played them two or three games before the end of the Premier League season [is my favourite derby memory],” said Bernardo Silva.

“We won 2-0 [at Old Trafford] and I scored the first goal. That game was really important for us because Liverpool were one point behind us.

“That title was crazy, the way we came from behind from I think eight or nine points. It was a good feeling when we were on top of them.

“To stay at the top was tough because we had to beat United away, then beat Leicester at home with Vincent Kompany’s goal.

“Those games were tough but the feelings after were just unbelievable.”

Despite being subject to intense transfer speculation throughout the summer, Silva chose to remain at the Etihad Stadium, and has once again been key to Pep Guardiola's side.

Silva has made 10 appearances for Manchester City so far this season, and scored against both Crystal Palace and Newcastle United.

Previewing the visit of Erik Ten Hag's United, who have won four consecutive Premier League matches, Bernardo revealed his excitement ahead of Sunday's clash.

“You always give 100% when you play for Manchester City but when you play against United, Liverpool or in other important games there’s always that extra that comes from your soul.

“It’s the derby!

“You always have that extra energy to give, and you know what it means to the fans. You want to get them the win."

Manchester City's Bernardo Silva (Twitter)
Manchester City's Bernardo Silva (Twitter)

Prior to the international break, the Blues comfortably beat Wolves 3-0 at Molineux, as Erling Haaland continued his staggering goalscoring run.

The 22 year-old, who has already scored 14 goals for City this season, is set to feature in his first Manchester Derby on Sunday afternoon.

Featured Image Credit: Alamy

Topics: Manchester City, Manchester United, Bernardo Silva

Harry Winters
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