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Only 4 Man United Stars Make It – The Manchester Dream XI For The 2013-14 Season

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On each of the last three seasons, the Premier League title has ended up in Manchester, but the odds are heavily stacked against a repeat of that feat. Liverpool lead the table by 2 points from Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea, and with City having fallen off the pace with a 2-2 draw against Sunderland midweek and United enduring a torrid transitional campaign, the two Manchester giants will have their work cut out next season, although City, mathematically at least, still remain in the title hunt.

Only four United players have made my ‘Manchester Dream XI’ for this season, an indication of United’s struggles this season. Have your favorite players made it to the list? Read on to find out.

Goalkeeper – David De Gea

David De Gea

Spanish stopper David De Gea has made his doubters choke on humble pie with a fantastic season in the United goal. De Gea has looked more assured in dealing with the high ball, and has shown enough signs he is developing into a big-match performer. Be it that double save against Olympiakos or that stunning save against Luis Suarez in the 3-0 drubbing at Old Trafford, De Gea’s incredible form has been let down by his defence’s ineptitude.

Defence

RB – Pablo Zabaleta
CB – Vincent Kompany
CB- Nemanja Vidic
LB – Patrice Evra

Little doubt on who would be the right back in a combined Manchester XI, arguably the easiest choice of the lot. Argentine international Pablo Zabaleta is the bastion of steadiness in the right back position. Extremely useful going forward and equally diligent defensively.

Vincent  Kompany may have made a mess of that volleyed clearance to arguably gift Liverpool the title at Anfield on Sunday, but the Belgian centre half continues to set lofty standards at the heart of City’s defence.

Martin Demichelis is far too slow in covering the ground and has been culpable for some amateurish defending – namely in the Champions League against Barcelona and the shock exit at the hands of Wigan in the FA Cup. And despite United skipper Nemanja Vidic’s best days being behind him, the battle ready Serbian is a much safer bet than the hapless and sometimes embarrassing Demichelis.

Gael Clichy has been a defensive liability, while Kolarov’s attacking prowess is only bettered by Patrice Evra’s marauding runs down United’s left flank, a glimpse of that was there for all to see against Bayern at the Allianz last week. Although Evra’s defensive discipline has often come under the scanner in recent times, the United full back is still a more reliable choice than either of City’s left backs.