Pep Guardiola enters his first cup final as Manchester City manager knowing no team in England has come close to paralleling the imperious form of his illustrious side this season, not least including opponents Arsenal who look set to endure another campaign that sees them finish outside of the Premier League’s top four.
But the Etihad gaffer is not without conundrums ahead of Sunday’s 4.30pm kickoff. While forward Raheem Sterling remains perhaps the most significant injury doubt, Guardiola has a key decision to make at left-back with summer signing Benjamin Mendy still absent and ad hoc understudy Fabian Delph suspended after being sent off in the shock FA Cup defeat to League One’s Wigan.
With versatile full-back Danilo and exciting youngster Oleksandr Zinchenko to choose from, it’s essentially a tossup between the Brazilian’s experience and the latter’s prodigal creative quality, as an offensive-minded midfielder essentially shoehorned into the No.3 berth this term.
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We posed that exact dilemma to City fans earlier this week, and our poll revealed that 80% of City supporters want the 21-year-old to start at left-back ahead of Danilo on Sunday.
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