RAHEEM STERLING could be deployed as a lone striker against Manchester United tomorrow.
With Sergio Aguero beginning his three-match ban for an apparent elbow aimed at West Ham's Winston Reid, Guardiola has some decisions to make.
Speaking ahead of the much-anticipated Manchester derby tomorrow, Guardiola said: 'I think he can play as a striker if we need.
'If you need a striker for the crosses, no. If you need a striker to move between the lines - movements behind the back four - he can do that.'
Sterling has turned his form upside down since the arrival of new manager Guardiola at City.
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The 21-year-old paid tribute to Guardiola for helping him turn his form around last month, saying:
“The manager’s been in the game a long time, won stuff, worked with young players, worked with great players, and he knows how to get the best out of his players.
“He’s been a massive help. Not just for me, but the other players as well, the whole team