He will now get that opportunity in the fiery atmosphere of a Manchester derby.
Shakhtar Donetsk advanced to the knockout stage of the Champions League with a 2-1 victory over Manchester City on Wednesday, ending the English club's unbeaten record in all competitions this season.
"You have to try to solve it (when teams pack the defence)".
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has claimed that it is frustrating to have to leave recent signing Bernardo Silva out of the first team picture. It is a big game, the first against second, so everybody will be up for it.
"The truth is Eric Bailly no chance for the weekend", he said, when asked which of his currently-injured players would be available on Sunday.
At the back, many are calling for Tosin Adarabioyo to start this one, which makes a lot of sense. To be more specific, they've flown to Kharkiv, which is where Shakhtar actually play their games nowadays due to unfortunate circumstances.
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Even then, things were not all bad. Brahim and Foden are City's two brightest youth prospects and any first-team opportunities can not be taken for granted. But it's not always about winning or losing - it's about playing the same way we always do and giving our all.
Guardiola told reporters on Tuesday that Silva is doubt for Sunday's Manchester derby against United, but refused to specify the midfielder's problem, simply describing the issue as "something".
The incident came after Raheem Sterling's late victor sent the Etihad into pandemonium, setting them up for a record-equalling 13th consecutive Premier League victory against West Ham on Sunday. That is nine of 10 outfielders who have hardly been overworked of late. Will he continue his rich vain of form in the Manchester derby?
There are never any guarantees in football, of course, and Guardiola will still have his work cut out to get one over his old rival Jose Mourinho, especially now his players have tasted defeat for the first time in months.
"It will be interesting to see if they will be like that against Manchester City because Manchester City could pierce them open, should they come out the back".