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Watch: Kelechi Iheanacho scores screamer for Nigeria one week before Manchester derby

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With just one week to go until the Manchester derby, Manchester City's young striker Kelechi Iheanacho gave the club's fans some reason for optimism in the wake of Sergio Aguero's suspension.

That's after the Nigerian forward produced a stunning strike late on Saturday evening to help his country to a 1-0 win over Tanzania in their African Cup of Nations qualifier.

With Aguero unavailable to Pep Guardiola for the upcoming top of the table clash against United, Iheanacho could be set for a starting role on September 10. Judging by the footage below, he certainly looks to be in good form heading into the biggest fixture of the Premier League season so far.

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While Jose Mourinho and co. will have boosted by the news that Aguero is facing a three-match ban following his elbow on West Ham's Winston Reid, they would be foolish to underestimate his 19-year-old understudy.

And last night's screamer will have made sure the red half of Manchester are making plans for the Nigerian...

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In his young career so far, Iheanacho has already shown how capable he is in front of goal.

In 26 games for City last season, the Nigerian striker racked up an impressive eight goals in the Premier League. Considering all but seven of those appearances came off the bench, it shows how clinical the youngster is in front of goal.

None of his strikes for the Citizens quite stack up to his goal for the Super Eagles on Saturday, however. 

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In fact, any member of Guardiola's multi-million-pound squad would have been more than happy to pull off that type of finish on the international stage.

With the Spanish manager considering his options in light of Aguero's ban, Iheanacho will have done himself no harm whatsoever as he pushes for a starting spot in the Manchester derby.

Unless Guardiola attempts to implement a striker-less formation for City's trip to Old Trafford, he really doesn't have much other option but to put his faith in Iheanacho.

City supporters' nerves will have been calmed a little after seeing the quality of yesterday's long-range finish.

If he can come up with something like that against the likes of Bailly and Blind, Iheanacho will make himself an instant Manchester City hero.

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