Winning the Cup is City's motivation -- not beating eternal rivals United, says   goalkeeper Joe Hart

Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart has no interest in any of the wider issues surrounding Sunday's blockbusting FA Cup derby against Manchester United -- only victory.

Joe Hart. Getty Images

City underlined their Premier League title credentials in emphatic fashion last time the sides met, thrashing their rivals 6-1 at Old Trafford in October.

That sensational win served warning of a potential shift in the balance of power in both the city and English football in general.

Now, as league leaders, City could make another strong statement by launching their FA Cup defence with another win over their neighbours and closest challengers -- this time at the Etihad Stadium. But Hart said: "I am not bothered about statements -- I am bothered about winning the game
on Sunday.

We want to win every game, regardless of what cup it is in. If you do win every game you win trophies, and that is what we want."  Hart accepts United will want revenge for the humiliation they suffered at City's hands last autumn. "Of course they do but that is for them to feel," the 24-year-old England star said.