Dunne chose not to celebrate City goal

Dunne joined Villa from City in the summer and opened the scoring when the two clubs met at Villa Park on Monday.

The game ended in a 1-1 draw and moved City back into the top four in the Premier League.

The Republic of Ireland defender told ESPN: “I don’t have a celebration – when I score it’s usually a surprise.

“I really enjoyed my time at City and I really respect the club and the fans and [not celebrating] seemed the right thing to do.

“It just seems to happen playing against your former club, people seem to score. I wasn’t expecting to score tonight.”

He added: “Unfortunately we couldn’t go on from there and get the second.

“Manchester City are a real good team and they’re going to push the top four this season.

“We feel we’ve got as much chance as teams like Man City, Everton, Tottenham – we feel we’re as good as them.”

“It was difficult but I don’t think it was a case of holding out,” he said. “We had opportunities as well.

“After the goal the last 25 minutes was quite even so I think both sides would have been happy with a draw.”