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The Manchester Derby – Combined XI

As we prepare for the upcoming potential title decider, the Manchester Derby, we try to create a combined XI. Manchester United and Manchester City, two teams in top form and having a brilliant squad, it is really difficult to decide from the two set of players. But we have got you covered.

So here is SportsJoint’s combined Manchester XI :

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GOAL KEEPER – David de Gea (MU)

The Spanish shot-stopper is in the form of his life. He made a record equalling 14 saves at the Emirates last weekend with some amazing saves. Arguably, the best GK in the world right now, there is no doubt that he is selected over Man City’s man Ederson.

RIGHT BACK – Antonio Valencia (MU)

A tough battle between Valencia & Man City’s Kyle Walker, Valencia came out as the winner owing to his excellent recent form. He also scored a pretty good goal against Arsenal last weekend.

CENTRE BACKs – Nicolas Otamendi (MC) & Victor Lindelof (MU)

Otamendi along with Stones have been dominant in the back for City, with Stones missing tomorrow’s game with an injury. Otamendi certainly deserves a place in the combined XI.
With Bailly out and Jones a major doubt, Man Utd are lucky with Victor Lindelof picking up his form specially in games against Arsenal & Watford. Criticized in the beginning for his poor form, he has settled well into this Man Utd side and has finally started to justify his price tag.

LEFT BACK – Ashley Young (MU)

There is no doubt that Young takes the left back position in our combined XI. His spectacular form of late has been a blessing to Man Utd, as the left back position has never really found a perfect player in the recent years, but looking at his form, Young has probably made that spot his. With a brilliant brace against Watford and a string of impressive displays, he starts in our combined XI ahead of Man City’s Danny Rose. (Read More about Ashley Young & his great form : The Resurgence of Ashley Young)

CENTRE MIDs – Nemanja Matic (MU) & David Silva (MC)

Matic has been key to United’s top form this season, with his great experience, and great passing, tackling abilities, he shields the defence really well and fuels the attack.
While on the other hand David Silva is on fire this season. Racking up 8 assists in the league (joint highest with his teammate Kevin de Bruyne), he has to be in the combined XI.

ATTACKING MID – Kevin de Bruyne (MC)

Undoubtedly, one of the best players in the Europe right now, KDB has been exceptional. Goals (4) & Assists (8), he is contributing to everything and definitely starts in our combined XI.

RIGHT WING – Raheem Sterling (MC)

Proving his critics wrong in the best way possible, he has been a match winner for City this season, scoring some really late and important match winners. In 10 starts with 9 goals, he is becoming a vital player for City.

LEFT WING – Anthony Martial (MU)

Martial gets a nod ahead of Leroy Sane in our combined XI. With both players in great form, Martial’s ratio of minutes per contribution to goal is amazing, assisting or scoring every 65 minutes in the premier league this season. His dribbling has been only getting better, terrorizing any defender in his way.

STRIKER – Grabiel Jesus (MC)

Selecting one single striker from Romelu Lukaku, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Sergio Aguero & Grabiel Jesus is really difficult. But Jesus gets a nod ahead of every other striker owing to his excellent form in the recent weeks. Aguero just behind him has also been in good form, and it seems like a selection head-ache for Pep. But Jesus being far more pacy, certainly has to start in such a game.

 

So, this is the way the following eleven players would start together in our Manchester Combined XI :

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