Gabriel Jesus Starts - Manchester City Team vs Crystal Palace Confirmed

City's £27million January signing Gabriel Jesus was given his full debut in the absence of Sergio Aguero, and Kompany said of the 19-year-old Brazilian: "I'm extremely impressed".

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has confirmed that club captain Vincent Kompany is fit for their FA Cup clash against Crystal Palace on Saturday, but does not know if the defender will start.

Kompany told the Man City website: "I'm by far the happiest footballer on earth".

City beat Palace away in the league in November, with Yaya Toure scoring twice on his shock return to the team - in Kompany's most recent appearance.

"I've been working hard for this and I've been waiting to get back in the team and to play 90 minutes for this club which means so much to me". 'There's very few moves that players will do that I haven't seen, dealt with or thought about before.

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"It's his first game and it's not easy for him to communicate because he does not speak English so we need time, but he makes a lot of movement, the first pass, the first goal, his assist was outstanding".

He said: "I haven't been able to start it that much yet because we've had so many games, like at Christmas". We put in a good performance.

"I think it is close, but not absolutely certain it is finalised", he said. "We will see on Saturday [if he will play]".

Relegation-threatened Palace, finalists last season, have only the Premier League to concentrate on after their elimination.

"We can not forget that we played with three strikers who are 19, 21 and 22". "We stayed in the game at 1-0 and if you manage to stay in the game until later on you might nick a goal". It's something that we worked on and we did that; it's frustrating we didn't convert them.

  • Tabitha Byrd