Pep Guardiola has explained his decision to start Fernandinho in defence rather than use Kyle Walker or Eric Garcia in the centre.
The City boss was forced into changes after John Stones suffered an injury in training leaving Nicolas Otamendi as the only fit recognised centre-back at the club following Aymeric Laporte's surgery.
There were suggestions that Walker could be shifted into centre-back to allow Joao Cancelo his first start for the club since joining from Juventus while youngster Garcia is earmarked as a potential star of the future.
Nevertheless, Guardiola opted for experience and moved Fernandinho into the back four alongside Otamendi.
Asked whether he considered playing Walker in the centre, the Spaniard said: "We don’t have many, but we have a few (options).
"It depends on the player and the commitment of the player to play in different positions, and if he can do it in the best way for the team.
"Now we believe Fernandinho is ready and he will play there and he will do well."