Manuel Pellegrini
Manchester City are trying to poach 15-year-old Venancio da Silva Monteiro from arch rivals Manchester United Getty Images/AFP

Manchester City are reportedly set to anger neighbours Manchester United by poaching on the highly coveted youngster Venancio da Silva Monteiro currently training with their arch rivals.

According to the Mail, the 15-year-old winger, who started his career with Portuguese club Benfica has been at United's training base in Carrington since April and has impressed the coaching staff at the club.

Initially he could not train with the club due to paperwork issues, but once the details were sorted, he started training and the Red Devils are keen on snapping him up.

Monteiro is highly regarded in his home country Portugal and it was considered a big loss to Benfica, when the youngster decided to move to England at such a young age.

However, despite United being favourites to sign him from Benfica, it is now believed that the Etihad Stadium outfit could make a better offer and make away with the winger.

The report claims that, the Monteiro's father, who was close to an agreement with the Old Trafford club is now considering an approach from City and could be tempted to take their offer ahead of United's, which will anger the 20-time Premier League champions.

Meanwhile, City defender Pablo Zabaleta is hoping the Cityzens can end their jinx when they face Sunderland in the Premier League on Wednesday.

The current league champions have failed to beat Black Cats in their last four visits to the Stadium of Light and have lost each encounter by a 1-0 margin.

"We need to kick on and make sure we get the result we need at Sunderland which is another really tough game on the road for us," Zabaleta said, as quoted on City's official website.

"The Stadium of Light is a very tough place to go – especially for us – and I've never won there as a player," the Argentinean international added.