City fans with knowledge of the club’s youth prospects will have been confused to see the goal-scoring midfielder debut in defence.
But after making his senior bow, McAtee admitted that he told Guardiola he could play anywhere, as long as it meant getting on the pitch.
He said: “It was just a buzz. When I came on, I was smiling the whole way through. When I came on, I went left-back.
“Pep said, ‘Can you play there?’ I said anything to get on the pitch, and I just tried my hardest.
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