Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Leaving out Serg Is Too Great a Gamble for Pep

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Leaving out Serg Is Too Great a Gamble for Pep

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IT seems strange now to think that Sergio Aguero wasn't first-choice last December when City found a way past the parked bus at Old Trafford.

Gabriel Jesus was in a purple patch, meaning the Argentine did not make it on for a minute, despite being prolific in games between the rivals.

Things have changed since, and Aguero leads the Premier League scoring charts this season with seven.

His importance to the cause was shown in the fact that Pep Guardiola left him on the bench for the midweek win over Shakhtar, and it is a gamble not worth taking to leave him out for such a big game when he is in such red hot form.

Another heavy contribution from City's leading scorer would embed him further into the history of the club - and two goals would see him draw level with Franny Lee and Joe Hayes as the most prolific Blues in the record books of the fixture. …

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