'Star man dropped' - How Man City should line up vs Manchester United in FA Cup final

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola
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Manchester City are set to take on Manchester United at Wembley with no fresh injury concerns.

Ederson is the only absentee with a fractured eye socket, with the rest of the squad all training as normal to give Pep Guardiola plenty of options as he bids to pip United to the FA Cup for the second year running.

If City do win the cup, they will become the first team to win the double double in back-to-back seasons, adding to last week's historic fourth Premier League title in succession. Guardiola will have to decide whether to stick with Jeremy Doku on the wing or recall either Jack Grealish or Mateo Kovacic, while John Stones and Nathan Ake will be hoping to feature.

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Read how our writers think City should line up below and use the interactive team selector to pick your best team:

Simon Bajkowski

Almost everyone is available from a City perspective yet it is hard to look past the smaller group of players who have been in such form. However good John Stones is and Nathan Ake has been, surely the same back four from West Ham is the right call.

It is impossible to leave out Rodri, Erling Haaland, Bernardo Silva, Phil Foden, or Erling Haaland. Stefan Ortega also picks himself given Ederson is the one player who has been ruled out with injury.

That just leaves the one spot. Jeremy Doku was terrific against West Ham, although I think Mateo Kovacic probably gives City that extra bit of solidity that Guardiola will want - with the potential for Doku to come on and do damage later on.

Pick your best team here:

Joe Bray

It would be harsh on the likes of Jack Grealish and John Stones, but I'd keep the team as close as possible to the final day XI. That means Manu Akanji and Ruben Dias continuing at centre-back, and Josko Gvardiol at left-back.

On Sunday, Guardiola dropped Mateo Kovacic and put Jeremy Doku in on the wing for some more attacking impetus. It worked, with Doku grabbing an assist against West Ham as City won the title. United will pose a different threat, though, so I'd be tempted to recall Kovacic alongside Rodri to offer some control in midfield.

Phil Foden can move back to the left after playing as a free number eight on Sunday, drifting inside from the wing. He has looked good from the right against United this season so there is an argument to switch him to that flank and put Bernardo on the left. There is scope to rotate mid-game, but City have got to this point by not tinkering too much so that shouldn't change at Wembley.