Pep Guardiola given Manchester derby selection headache

Gabriel Jesus is sweating on a starting place in Sunday’s Manchester derby – despite his first Manchester City hat-trick.

Jesus deputised for Sergio Aguero against Shakhtar Donetsk and bagged his first senior hat-trick in Manchester City’s record 6-0 Champions League win.

But the Brazil star knows he could be dumped back on the bench for the clash with Manchester United because of Pep Guardiola’s rotation policy.

“I’m very happy,” he said. “The first hat-trick of my career.

“I’ve been working a lot on strength and conditioning. Despite the rotation in the team, I’ve been working hard at this.

“There are so many players with so many qualities, this is what must be done, so everyone can play.”

Guardiola has used Aguero as his principal striker this season and Jesus’ last Premier League start was on September 1.

Jesus, 21, will worry about Sunday later and he dedicated his first hat-trick to his mum, Vera Lucia Diniz de Jesus, who was watching him on Wednesday.

“It was a really special and unforgettable night, not just for scoring my first ever hat-trick, but also because I dedicated it to my mum,” he said.

“She’s always supportive and was here at the stadium. I’m looking forward to giving her the ball – but just for a few hours because it mine now!

“Joking aside, I’m really happy and emotional to be able to dedicate three goals to her.”

Two of Jesus’ goals were from the penalty spot – the first after Raheem Sterling went down after kicking the ground – and he revealed he had studied Shakhtar goalkeeper Andriy Pyatov.

“Before the match, we know who’s taking penalties and for this game, I was chosen,” he said.

“I practise them a lot in training and during our training session, we have access to some iPads to study opponent players. I used one of them to take a look at their goalkeeper on penalties and was able to score twice.”

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