Manchester City's Vincent Kompany (R) with Wayne Rooney during the Manchester derby
Manchester City's Vincent Kompany has dismissed calls for the introduction of netting to protect players after the Manchester derby was marred by trouble.
United's Rio Ferdinand was struck by an object as he celebrated Robin van Persie's winner in their 3-2 victory.
The PFA has subsequently called for netting to be installed in stadiums.
"I would definitely say we need action on prevention but keep treating fans as human beings and not animals that have to be behind cages," said Kompany.
"I do think we should take action against these incidents and I have heard a lot of suggestions about putting up nets and everything.
"But the fact we are able to put people outside of cages is something that makes the English game so much more special."
Belgium international defender Kompany, 26, has condemned Sunday's incidents at the Etihad Stadium.
Nine people have been charged following the match and United striker Wayne Rooney was also the target of objects thrown from the crowd.
But Kompany maintains that the reaction to the behaviour should not be overblown.
"It is never a good thing to happen, not just for Manchester City or Manchester United, but for football," added Kompany, speaking to Football Focus during City's annual visit to Royal Manchester Children's Hospital.
"In that sense I do hope actions will be taken but let's not forget where football has come from and how far it has come."
Kompany is doubtful for Saturday's trip to Newcastle with a groin problem sustained in the United defeat, which left Roberto Mancini's side six points behind the Premier League leaders.