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FA Cup | Iheanacho dropped plus 5 other things we learnt

FA Cup By: Linus Onyeze | 28/01/2017

Manchester beat Crystal Palace 3-0 in the FA Cup on Saturday.

Manchester City showed glimpses of a typical Pep Guardiola team as they crushed a sorry Crystal Palace 3-0 in the fourth round of the FA Cup on Saturday at Selhurst Park.

Gabriel Jesus got his first start for the Citizens, and had a seven showing, providing the assist for their first goal. And once again, Kelechi Iheanacho was not listed, as the Brazilian continued his ride in the City first team.

Raheem Sterling, Leroy Sane and Yaya Toure scored as City progressed to the next round of England's oldest cup competition.

Here are 5 things we learnt from the game.

Read also: Palace 0-3 City | Jesus 'disappears' Iheanacho again

1. Jesus could be City's Lord and saviour

The 19-year old Brazilian has only been in the Manchester City match day squad for two games and was already starting the second, displacing Kelechi Iheanacho who had been Sergio Aguero's understudy. It wasn't an exceptionally brilliant performance from the striker, but his movements shows how good he is and how better he will be. He is held in high regard at the Etihad, and is already showing signs he can be City's hero this season and in subsequent seasons.

2. Maybe Iheanacho should consider a loan move

Gabriel Jesus has only just joined City and his first game in their match day squad, it was Iheanacho who was sacrificed. And against Palace in the FA Cup, the Nigerian was again not listed in the match day squad, which might be a handwriting on the wall. He has an impressive goals-to-games ratio at City, but he is not close to the quality of striker Jesus is and can be. While that is quite understandable seeing he was converted from attacking midfield, but maybe it is time he considered a move.

3. Allardyce might fall short this time

Sam Allardyce is renowned for keeping teams up, but the task at Crystal Palace might prove too daunting. So far, it hasn't worked in the Premier League and with the way they played against City in this FA Cup tie, it doesn't look like results will improve any time soon.

4. Sterling could play a huge role for City

He opened scoring here, and had an overall impressive outing against Palace. His pace troubled the opposing defence and while he has featured a lot as Guardiola tries to impose his style on English football, the England winger could prove useful should the City boss choose to go an alternative route.

5. City has good Kompany...if he stays fit

Vincent Kompany returned to the City starting 11 and was a rock for the Citizens. Granted it was against an insipid Palace side, but given how he has suffered with injuries this season, it was a good way to return. And considering how poor City's defence has been without him, his return will have Guardiola smiling.
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