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Iheanacho Eyes Manchester Derby Action, Praises Martial, Bony

Iheanacho Eyes Manchester Derby Action, Praises Martial, Bony

By Izuchukwu Okosi:

Manchester City's Kelechi Iheanacho is hopeful he will get an opportunity to play against bitter rivals Manchester United on Sunday at Old Trafford.

The former Flying Eagles forward spoke to City's official website about the Manchester derby and his optimism.

"I haven't thought that much about it because I've never played in a Manchester derby before and I don't know what it feels like so for me, it would just be a normal game and I wouldn't play my football any differently," Iheanacho said.

"Hopefully, I can get to play some part on Sunday and obviously I hope I can help my team take the three points we need."

Iheanacho whose goal against Bournemouth was wrongly disallowed last weekend also spoke in glowing terms of Manchester United striker Anthony Martial.

"I think Martial is a very good striker – he's a young lad and the same age as I am, 19. He's very composed in front of goal and he will be a threat if we allow him time and space in the final third.

"I don't think he has any pressure on him because all he needs to do is play football and score goals and that's what he's doing at the moment."

The MVP of the 2013 FIFA U-17 World Cup also revealed that Ivorian striker Wilfreid Bony has played a big role in his time so far at The Etihad.

"Wilfried is a very good striker who is strong and intelligent and he talks to me all the time and advises me. We sit together in the dressing room and he's like a big brother to me.

"As for me and my own progress, I just have to keep working hard in training every day – with hard work I think I can go all the way so that's what I'll keep doing and hopefully I can do great things for City in the coming years."

Iheanacho scored his first City goal against Crystal Palace on September 12, 2015.


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