Many years ago Manchester City could only dream of competing, and even beating, their great city rivals Manchester United to signing elite footballers. For a long time they were the smaller rivals, seen as less of a threat than Liverpool, but the tide has turned, and the club famously labelled as 'noisy neighbours' by legendary boss Sir Alex Ferguson have become a Premier League giant.
This arguably began when Carlos Tevez made the controversial move to the Etihad after a loan spell at Old Trafford was not made permanent, but one Man City star could have been on the other side of the rivalry.
As a youngster at Anderlecht, Vincent Kompany was one of Europe's hottest properties, and he was identified by United back in 2004 as a potential transfer target.
The Belgian defender wasn't signed as Ferguson moved for Argentine defender Gabriel Heinze and Barcelona youngster Gerard Pique, as Kompany moved to Hamburg in the Bundesliga in 2006. He then made the move to Manchester in 2008 and has overseen one of the most successful periods in Man City's history, and has been a captain and leader throughout.
Pique moved back to Barcelona after a mixed spell at Old Trafford, and has gone on to become a mainstay with the club, while Heinze moved to Real Madrid after 3 years at the club. Kompany has become synonymous with Manchester City since his move, even scoring a winning goal in the Manchester derby to put City in the driving seat for the title back in 2012.
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