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Gabriel Jesus returns to Southampton in a dip, but Pep Guardiola supports him to replace Sergio Aguero

Gabriel Jesus returns to Southampton – the scene of his biggest Manchester City victory – injured in a dip with Sergio Aguero … but Pep Guardiola supports Brazilian to replace club legend

  • Manchester City will travel to Southampton in the Premier League on Sunday
  • Striker Gabriel Jesus has very fond memories of St Mary’s play for City
  • Jesus has been through a difficult time since the Premier League restart
  • TV expert Roy Keane believes that Jesus is not a good replacement for Aguero

Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus returns to the scene of his greatest triumph in the hope that this will bring a change of fortune in his ongoing struggle to fill Sergio Aguero’s boots.

Jesus is the only City player to have survived a difficult return to Project Restart and will go to Southampton without a goal in eight games on Sunday as City’s record shooter recovers from knee surgery.

Outspoken TV expert Roy Keane said after the Brazilian was eliminated against Liverpool on Thursday: ‘I don’t think he’s the answer. He is a talented boy, but replaces Aguero, not for me. ‘

Gabriel Jesus returns to Southampton in a dip as Manchester City approaches at the end of the season

Gabriel Jesus returns to Southampton in a dip as Manchester City approaches at the end of the season

Jesus was the hero at St Mary's in 2018, as his goal was for City to claim 100 Premier League points

Jesus was the hero at St Mary's in 2018, as his goal was for City to claim 100 Premier League points

Jesus was the hero at St Mary’s in 2018, as his goal was for City to claim 100 Premier League points

Guardiola needs the 23-year-old again with Aguero’s injury, making him the only senior striker in the club in their pursuit of the Champions League and FA Cup.

And in any case, returning to St Mary’s should bring happy memories of Jesus whose late winner there brought City to a hundred points in 2018 and is immortalized in a mural outside The Etihad.

Guardiola quickly put his arm around the shoulder of Jesus and insisted he had different qualities from the Argentine legend of City.

“No one can compare to Sergio and what he has done in his career,” says Guardiola.

City's first-choice striker Sergio Aguero is still recovering from knee surgery

City's first-choice striker Sergio Aguero is still recovering from knee surgery

City’s first-choice striker Sergio Aguero is still recovering from knee surgery

TV expert Roy Keane believes that Jesus is not a sufficient replacement for the Argentinian

TV expert Roy Keane believes that Jesus is not a sufficient replacement for the Argentinian

TV expert Roy Keane believes that Jesus is not a sufficient replacement for the Argentinian

Gabriel is perfect for me and the team because he is complementary to Sergio. What one has, the other struggles, and vice versa.

Gabriel has something unique in the world. He is a fighter and helps us to be more aggressive. I remember the goals we’ve scored in the past four or five games thanks to him.

“He’s something special to us, but it’s unfair to compare me to another manager or compare players. Everyone is different and what we need to do is adjust his qualities for the benefit of him and the team. ‘

City play their sixth game in 18 days since defeating Arsenal on the opening night of post-lockdown football.

Man City manager Pep Guardiola has supported the Brazilian as a 'special' player for his team

Man City manager Pep Guardiola has supported the Brazilian as a 'special' player for his team

Man City manager Pep Guardiola has supported the Brazilian as a ‘special’ player for his team

Guardiola’s policy of not over-training its players seems to have worked with City who has won every game bar so far and avoided injuries except Aguero.

“We didn’t work much after the closing. We only trained one session a day because we didn’t want to get injured. You don’t know what the reaction will be after sitting on the couch and playing PlayStation for a long time.

“But from the first moment we started training, I had no doubts about the desire and the will. I had no doubt that we would be the same team as in recent years. ‘

De Bruyne has been the standout player throughout the league since the resumption and looks set to take over the captaincy full-time once David Silva leaves at the end of the season.

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