Manchester City have released their starting XI to take on Watford in today’s FA Cup final – and Sergio Aguero has surprisingly been left on the bench.
Here is the City XI below, as confirmed on the club’s official Twitter feed, with Kevin De Bruyne and Leroy Sane also part of a very strong bench.
Your City line-up for the #FACupFinal! ?
XI | Ederson, Walker, Kompany (C), Laporte, Zinchenko, Gundogan, Silva, Mahrez, Bernardo, Sterling, Jesus
Subs | Muric, Danilo, Stones, Aguero, De Bruyne, Sané, Otamendi
— Manchester City (@ManCity) May 18, 2019
There aren’t too many other surprises from Pep Guardiola, but to leave Aguero out and select Gabriel Jesus in such a big game seems a real risk.
While City are big favourites to beat Watford at Wembley today, they cannot take any opponent for granted in a one-off match like this.
Guardiola and co. are chasing a domestic treble after winning the Premier League title last week and the Carabao Cup earlier in the season.
But could this strange line up from MCFC give Watford hope of an upset in today’s cup final as it perhaps shows the favourites are taking it lightly?
Who knows, but either way, this lot are not happy…
NO AGUERO, NO FODEN! What’s pep doing!! #mcfc
— James Robinson (@Jtr22James) May 18, 2019
Aguero not starting ?
— Tom Reid (@tomreid93) May 18, 2019
— YourMCFC (@YourMCFC) May 18, 2019
No Aguero and another Mahrez start! Hmmm https://t.co/1qcoM8PNOF
— Bitter and Blue? (@Bitter_and_Blue) May 18, 2019
Jesus ahead of Aguero. Wow.
— Deji Faremi (@deejayfaremi) May 18, 2019
Y tf is aguero benched
— Centurions? (@ItsAguErOSZn) May 18, 2019
I’m a bit dubious with that starting line up. Then again, I have been a few times this season. It put us on the arse away at Spurs, but it worked at Brighton. Still, i’d always start Aguero ??
— Raff (@MancAndProud83) May 18, 2019
Wtf no aguero
— Tony Yates ?93:20 ?back 2 back (@ctwd1972) May 18, 2019
Ohh Aguero starting on bench in such a big game. What is Pep up to??
Gabriel starts up top!
— Matt Baumgartner (@mttb_dwny) May 18, 2019