Manchester Derby Combined XI
As the exclusive Manchester Derby approaches us in a few days, we all spend our time guessing who’ll make the news for the good reasons. Both clubs hate losing to each other and it is generally a well fought match since recent times. Manchester United call their rivals the ‘noisy neighbours’ but the Citizens snatched the title from United last season and this weekend, the noisy neighbours seem to have a clear edge over their opponents. But last weekend saw Manchester United earn a point at Old Trafford against Chelsea which boosted their confidence and it also saw Man City lose at West Ham in an uninspiring fashion. This weekend will be extremely important for the Manchester Clubs to get some consistency. Here is the combined Manchester XI which will have the most in-form players from both rival clubs.
Goalkeeper: David de Gea (Man Utd)
De Gea has been one of the most in-form keepers this season and is one of the key players for Man Utd who has stepped up extremely well when their defence has faltered. Undisputed first choice in the combined XI from Manchester.
Right Back: Pablo Zabaleta (Man City)
Rafael hasn’t been too bad, but Man City’s Zabaleta is perceived as a much better and composed defender. He barely makes errors and is a crucial part of a balanced Man City’s attack when he makes his trade-mark overlapping runs.
Center Back: Vincent Kompany (Man City)
The Man City captain is one of the best Center Backs in the world. He is a front foot defender and his leadership quality and aggression is outstanding. He organizes the Citizens’ back-line and also plays a key part in initiating attacks by his clever pressing play.
Center Back: Eliaquim Mangala (Man City)
The Frenchman is a strong and able partner for Kompany. He is fast for a center back and is an aggressive defender who is used as a ball winner. He helps the team press higher up the pitch and play aggressive and offensive football.
Left Back: Aleksander Kolarov (Man City)
Kolarov is one of the most decisive and direct left backs in the league. Luke Shaw is a great talent but he is still finding his feet in Man Utd. Kolarov’s crossing and powerful shots are a reason why he usually succeeds in providing amazing crosses for the center forwards.
Central Midfield: Daley Blind (Man Utd)
He has been a great purchase for Man Utd as he holds the play very well. He is a top interceptor and a decent tackler as well. His passing abilities were a revelation when he played the left back position, which is why he was shifted to central midfield. He is a crucial player for Manchester United.
Central Midfield: Marouane Fellaini (Man Utd)
Well, Fellaini was disappointing last season, but he has been in great form this season. Under van Gaal, he has found a spot in the team from where he can have the best influence on the play. He is finding his feet well and his performance against Chelsea would give him great confidence.
Central Attacking Midfield: Yaya Toure (Man City)
After being average for the early part of the season, Toure is finding his form now. He is a sheer terror when he attacks with his huge frame and powerful shots. He is a top flair performer as he consistently does the unpredictable. United would have to be on guard against the big man.
Left Attacking Midfield: Angel Di Maria (Man United)
Man Utd fans were crazy when their club broke the British record and signed Di Maria from Real Madrid. He has not disappointed them and has been a vital performer in the league. His form has been the key reason why United were able to find some wins and get out of a miserable start to their campaign. While it is still a very poor start for the Red Devils, he is the man who would mostly lift the team with his flair.
Right Attacking Midfield: David Silva (Man City)
David Silva is a very influential player for Man City. His goal last weekend was an indication of his pure class and ability. He is a very unselfish player and a great playmaker who makes the team tick. He is one reason why City have one of the most fluent attacks in the league. He is arguably the most consistent number 10 in the league after Mata and Ozil’s loss of form.
Striker: Sergio Aguero (Man City)
Manchester City have been buoyed by their star man’s display this season. He was unlucky to score against West Ham as his shots hit the post or missed narrowly. He is a forward in form and would cause havoc to an already under-fire Man United Back line. He is the joint highest goalscorer in the league along with Chelsea’s Diego Costa.