Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart: Fan abuse is part of the fun of football

Shot-stopper acknowledges that the Red Devils' supporters are going to 'vent their anger' during the derby, having watched their side lose two consecutive matches
Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart believes the abuse that players receive from opposition supporters adds to the flavour of football, and says he gets some stick "everywhere" he goes.

The 24-year-old will soon be playing in another Manchester derby as the city's two big clubs go against one another to decide who goes through to the next round of the FA Cup.

City have already given United a 6-1 hiding at Old Trafford this season, and the Red Devils are coming into the game on the back of two consecutive losses in the Premier League.

"They [the United fans] are going to vent their anger. I happened to be standing near them so I am going to get it. I understand that as a keeper.

"It’s quite interesting to see what people come out with at times. People say crazy things. I’m like 'whatever’. I don’t take that personally.

"I get abuse everywhere I go, in the street or playing football, but it’s part of the fun. I don’t think anyone means it. That’s football and that’s why I love it.

He added: "The Manchester rivalry is great. I love it. It makes the games what they are but I can’t get involved in that side. It’s not my business. I’m not trying to taunt anyone. I’m trying to win games."

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