Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has ruled out starting Sergio Aguero in Saturday’s derby against United despite his goalscoring return to action in the Champions League.
Aguero came off the bench to score City’s second goal as they wrapped up their Group C programme with a comfortable 3-0 win over Marseille.
It was only the Argentinian’s fifth appearance of the season after being troubled by knee and hamstring issues.
Guardiola has said he will not take risks with the 32-year-old and will not be tempted to throw him in from the beginning at Old Trafford.
Asked if Aguero could start the derby, Guardiola simply said: “No.”
On his general performance, he added: “His instinct to score will always be there. He’s had three or four training sessions and the reaction was good.
“He had 25 minutes and scored a goal. Step by step. Will see the reaction tomorrow.”
City had already qualified for the last 16 and the victory saw them complete the group stage with a club-best 16 points.