Pep Guardiola could unleash Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus as his attacking spearhead in Thursday’s Manchester derby.
Aguero’s recovery from the knock that forced him off during Manchester City’s FA Cup semi-final defeat by Arsenal is almost complete, while Gabriel is now fully fit again after missing 10 weeks with a broken metatarsal.
With David Silva still struggling with the dead leg that saw him limp off early at Wembley, one of Guardiola’s options is to pair Argentine hit-man Aguero with brilliant Brazilian teenager Jesus against rivals United.
Guardiola said: “Sergio and Gabriel can play together if that’s the way we want to play.
“If you want to play with wingers it is more complicated for them to play. But if we play narrow, it is easier.
“All the players in the squad can play together.
“Sergio is much better now and tomorrow we think he is ready. Gabriel has no pain at all.
“Silva is a real doubt and we don’t yet know.”
City go into their 174 meeting with United a point and a place better off than their rivals as Guardiola goes head-to-head with his great nemesis Jose Mourinho.
City prevailed 2-1 at Old Trafford in September, but the Blues have won just two games against the rest of the top seven all season.
Guardiola said: “Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose against the big teams. It’s an important three points to qualify for the Champions League.
United are good rivals, with good quality and good form. They have gone a big series swithout defeat. They have big quality and a big history history so we are looking forward to the game.
“We have six games left, four at he Etihad, and our qualification for the Champions League will depend on our home games.”
Guardiola will finish the season without a trophy for the first time in a gloried coaching career.
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But he said: “I’ve been managing for nine years and this is the first without a trophy.
“Sometimes in happens. I am sure it will happen again if I manage for a long time. There are a lot of other teams in Europe who will not win a trophy as well.”