Kevin De Bruyne has revealed how three of his Manchester United-supporting friends tried to throw him off his A-game before the Manchester Derby.
De Bruyne was in unstoppable form as Manchester City dismantled their cross-city rivals with ease at the Etihad on Sunday.
The Belgian midfield maestro slotted in two close-range strikes to put City up 2-1 before half-time, with each coming either side of a Jadon Sancho goal.
He then played a crucial part in the Citizens completely outclassing United in the second-half, setting up Riyad Mahrez’s terrific volley with a whipped corner.
Mahrez then made it four after VAR overturned an offside decision as City extended their lead atop the Premier League table to six points.
But De Bruyne has since revealed his performance came despite the best efforts of his Man United-supporting friends, who had tried to keep him awake the night before in the hope he wouldn’t demolish their team.
The playmaker said: “I had a load of friends come from Belgium and three of them were Man United supporters, they were trying to keep me awake the whole night so I couldn’t sleep that well.
“But now I can go home and have a good laugh with them.”
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De Bruyne’s masterclass saw him reach his ninth Premier League goal and third assist of the season.
It comes in a season disrupted by injury and coronavirus for the 30-year-old, who has his eyes set on a fourth Premier League title in his seventh season at the club.
City are currently on 69 points, having played one more than second-placed Liverpool on 63.
They will next face Crystal Palace, led by former player Patrick Vieira, away from home in the league.