Bitter rivals Manchester United and Manchester City will play the first edition of the Manchester derby in the English Premier League.
Rooney will be looking to continue scoring goals while Kompany will find ways to shut him down in their highly anticipated derby.
United, which is currently at fifth place, is coming off a 4-2 victory in the Champions League against Bayer Leverkusen.
Wayne Rooney seemed to be back to the fiery striker that we have known. He scored 2 amazing goals and assisted 1 that helped the Red Devils overcome the German side.
Another in-form striker, Robin Van Persie, expressed his satisfaction with Rooney's performance as well as his comrade on midfield, Marouane Fellaini, despite having just made his Champions League Debut.
"Wayne played really well. I love to play with him as he can do everything, he can drop, he can go in behind, he can play the short and the long game. He did really well," Van Persie told manutd.com.
"Marouane did really well also. He was very solid and gets a lot of loose balls back. He's very confident and always tries to get the ball going forward."
The chemistry of the players at Old Trafford is still in the works, but their performance against Leverkusen seems like a huge progress.
Meanwhile, Manchester City also won on matchday 1 over Viktoria Plzen.
Striker Edin Dzeko has found his scoring touch anew after going dry for two consecutive matches in the Premier League.
Dubbed as a super-sub since his arrival at City, supporters and neutrals alike are anticipating a break-out year from the Bosnian as manager Manuel Pellegrini implied that the former will be his favoured man upfront before the season began.
The Blues boss was happy that skipper Vincent Kompany has already recovered from his injury and that he will be able to play in one of the biggest fixture of their season.
"It was good to have Vincent Kompany back because he has worked very hard in the last few days. I had some doubts in the last ten minutes, I thought about taking him off to rest his legs, but I saw he was playing without a problem so he will be fine for Sunday," Pellegrini told uefa.com.
Schedule and Free Live Online Streaming (Link will be provided an
hour before the game):
Sept 23, 2013 - 1 am (AEST)
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