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Ortega or Ederson? Who will Pep Guardiola play in the FA Cup final?

The City boss has a number of selection decisions to make for the Wembley final against Manchester United.

Guardiola confirms FA Cup final starter
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Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola confirmed that second-choice goalkeeper Stefan Ortega will start in Saturday’s FA Cup final, while other key figures are set to return to the side.

City need to beat Manchester United at Wembley Stadium to keep their hopes of a historic treble alive. Guardiola, as he did at previous clubs, has tended to field the second-choice stopper in FA Cup fixtures to ensure that he remains match-sharp should he be needed.

Speaking to the press ahead of the FA Cup final, Guardiola confirmed that Ortega would keep his place.

Yeah he’s going to play,” the City boss said. “It’s always been the same in the cups, even with Barcelona and Munich, so he’s going to play in the FA Cup.”

Stefan Ortega started City's recent Premier League fixture against Brighton and Hove Albion.
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Stefan Ortega started City's recent Premier League fixture against Brighton and Hove Albion.GLYN KIRKAFP

Will De Bruyne and Grealish be fit for the FA Cup final?

Manchester City have been in imperious form in recent months but have been reported some fitness issues to key players in the final weeks of the season.

Kevin De Bruyne, Jack Grealish, Manu Akanji and Ruben Dias all missed City’s loss against Brentford on the final day of the season. They were all involved in training during the week but it was unclear if those four key players will be able to feature from the start against Manchester United.

Guardiola was asked specifically about De Bruyne and Grealish in Friday’s press conference and the City boss suggested that they will both play in the FA Cup final.

“They trained well the last two training sessions. They are more or less fine,” Guardiola said.

City are looking to become only the second English club to secure a treble of league, FA Cup and Champions League. City rivals Manchester United, the only team to have achieved that feat previously, will be desperate to stop them doing so with a win on Saturday.

Despite the high stakes, Guardiola insisted that his team will try to enjoy the occasion at Wembley: “It’s the final of the FA Cup and it’s a pleasure to be here. It’s a final so nothing else.”

“It should be good for us if we have to think about what we have to do to win one game,” he added.

“Nothing changes to analyse the strength of our opponents and the weaknesses they have. It’s a football game, we can’t control what happens outside.”