Manchester City fans have been left disappointed by manager Pep Guardiola, after the boss decided to leave out Phil Foden and Eric Garcia from his starting XI to play Sheffield Wednesday. City head to Hillsborough to face the Owls in the FA Cup fifth round, with a place in the quarter-finals up for grabs.
Foden and Garcia both made the bench for the clash against Wednesday.
Fans were particularly excited to see midfielder Foden, after his stunning performance against Aston Villa in the Carabao Cup final.
Foden was named the Man of the Match at Wembley, and he appeared to have earned his place in City’s starting line up.
But, Guardiola opted to remain with his tried and trusted starting XI, as he named a particularly strong side.
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One City fan said: “NO ERIC GARCIA,” while another added: “Why not Garcia though?”
One Twitter user said: “Eric Garcia is leaving this summer 100%. He should play all matches remaining in the PL.”
Another supported said: “Eric garcia deserves a start. Hope to see him soon.”
One fan added: “No Foden and Garcia ? I’m sorry Pep but…”
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“No foden,” wrote a City fan, accompanied by a number of fouled-mouthed emoji faces.
“Foden should start. Garcia too,” added another fan.
One supported said: “I was so sure Foden and Garcia would start.
Another fan claimed: “Why why why why wouldnt Pep play Foden in these games?”
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Despite Foden’s impressive match against Villa on Sunday, he has struggled for game time this season.
The youngster has started just two Premier League matches during the campaign.
He has only featured once in City’s last five league games – and that was only a five-minute cameo against West Ham United.
The match against Wednesday will also be the first time that Foden hasn’t started in the FA Cup this season.
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Meanwhile, Garcia has also started just two league matches for Guardiola this season.
He was named in City’s starting line up to face Fulham in the FA Cup fourth round, but has seen his game time cut back in recent weeks.
The Spaniard hasn’t made the 18-man squad for the past two Premier League fixtures.
Despite playing a prominent part in City’s Carabao Cup campaign at first, he didn’t feature at all in the semi-final games against Manchester United. He failed to make the 18 for the cup final at Wembley.
Man City starting line up vs Sheffield Wednesday: Bravo; Cancelo, Stones, Otamendi, Mendy; Rodrigo, D. Silva, Bernardo; Mahrez, Jesus, Aguero
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