The teenage Nigeria international rewarded his boss with a goal and an assist in City’s 2-1 win overManchester United on Saturday.
With Sergio Aguero suspended, Guardiola said he had other options – but opted for Iheanacho to show his players what he wanted.
« He was the only striker we had in that moment, » the Spaniard said, via the Manchester Evening News. « I thought about many other options – but I thought in the beginning to show to my players that I came to win the game. »
Guardiola was satisfied with his side’s display against Jose Mourinho’s United, as City made it four wins from as many Premier League games.
« I’ve received many goals from Mourinho’s teams on the counter-attack because his teams are really good in that part of the game, » he said. « But in the first half we controlled it, we conceded maybe one or two counter-attacks, no more.
« It’s really good, we defended the set-pieces [well] because they are stronger and taller than us and we defended really good. »