PEP GUARDIOLA says he will stick with his cup keeper Stefan Ortega for Saturday’s showdown with Manchester United.

The German has played in all the FA Cup matches this season but Ederson is very much the No1 at the Etihad.

And even though the treble is up for grabs over the next week for Manchester City, the manager has vowed to stick with him.

Some fans may consider it a gamble with so much at stake but the former Barcelona coach believes it is the right decision.

Guardiola said: “Stefan’s going to play yeah. It’s always like that, even in Barcelona, the keeper who has played FA Cup will start.”

Pep’s policy came back to haunt him last season as a blunder by stand in Zack Steffen gifted Liverpool a goal in last season’s semi-final.


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The only time he has veered from it was in 2019 when Ederson started the 6-0 win over Watford – but that was partly because understudy Claudio Bravo was injured.


Meanwhile Guardiola confirmed that Kevin de Bruyne, Jack Grealish and Ruben Dias all trained well despite being rested in the final days of the season.

He said: “They trained well in last two days. There are no concerns. The squad are more or less fine.”

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