Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola handed Gabriel Jesus a surprise start and chance to impress in Saturday’s FA Cup final at Wembley, and the Brazilian didn’t let him down, as shown by the comments from City fans on Twitter.
The 22-year-old has largely had to play second fiddle to Sergio Aguero, especially in the Premier League and the Champions League, this term, but the Spaniard placed his faith in his second-choice striker for the 6-0 thrashing of Watford.
The South American rewarded Guardiola with a brace and an assist, despite Raheem Sterling’s best efforts to take his first goal off of him, and put in an all-round impressive display up top for the English domestic quadruple winners.
His second goal showed his composure in front of goal as he ran through, feinted to shoot before sliding the ball under Heurelho Gomes.
City supporters were clearly impressed with what they saw from Jesus judging by their reactions on Twitter, with many clearly believing the Brazil international has sent a strong message to his manager ahead of the 2019/20 campaign.
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While one said “not sure why he’s been written off for the future”, another said “he has a future at this club”.
Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…
Great game for Jesus. Needed to score goals. Haven't seen much action this season but hopefully he will continue it into next.
— Merlin (@PiyushMCFC) May 18, 2019
Jesus showing his talent and composure today ? not a bad back up striker ? pic.twitter.com/vG9TZNAp19
— Josh (@JoshW_MCFC) May 18, 2019
— Dan Tillotson (@TillotsonDan) May 18, 2019
— Edwin F. Brooks (@orangeskin) May 18, 2019
Want every Jesus hater to go sit in a corner. Thank you very much.
— MCFC Boston (@MCFCBoston) May 18, 2019
That’s 2 for my fav Brazilian! Jesus is killing it
— Cityzen Raider (@RaiderMCFC) May 18, 2019
Jesus has been great today amazing MCFC?
— LT71???????? (@lmtowey) May 18, 2019
Jesus is back. So pleased for him. 🙂 #mcfc
— Keith Andrew (@tweeting_keith) May 18, 2019
Gabriel Jesus's performance tonight is assuring. Looks at home even though starting after months. He has a future at this club.
— Otamendi fan (@pari_mcfc) May 18, 2019
If Jesus can perform like this everyweek i really won't have to worry for life after Aguero's retirement
— دا فا (@MD17b) May 18, 2019
Jesus is so great in this game! He's had a tough season, but it's because he's competing for the same position as our legendary Aguero. He is bound to be better in the future. @gabrieljesus33 Come on! The future of Manchester City! ???
— Sungazer ??? (@SenoritaSungaze) May 18, 2019
— Kian Goddard (@GoddardKian) May 18, 2019