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Chelsea vs Manchester United: Combined XI

Chelsea and Manchester United are set to clash on Saturday the 22nd of October.

The two English giants once battled for Premier League supremacy, but look set to compete for a top-four spot this season.

Chelsea head into the weekend’s action sat 4th in the Premier League with 20 points, 15 goals scored and 10 conceded.

Manchester United are hot on their heels with 19 points, having scored 15 and conceded 15.

Ahead of what is expected to be a tightly contested affair, 101GreatGoals have put together a combined Chelsea and Manchester United XI.

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GK: Kepa

Kepa has been in superb form for Chelsea in recent weeks, usurping Edouard Mendy as the Blues’ no.1.

The Spaniard put on a starring display to help Chelsea beat Aston Villa last weekend and was in similarly impressive form vs Brentford on Wednesday.

RB: Diogo Dalot

This spot would normally belong to Reece James, but with the Englishman injured, Diogo Dalot is the only real viable pick.

The Portuguese has improved a great deal this season, even if his defensive awareness can be lacking at times.

RCB: Thiago Silva

Despite being 38 years of age, Thiago Silva remains one of the best defenders in the Premier League this season.

Raphael Varane has been solid for United this campaign, but Silva has put on a number of man-of-the-match displays already.

LCB: Lisandro Martinez

Chelsea have used several players in their left-centre-back spot in 2022/23, but none have been as consistent as Martinez.

The Argentine is great on the ball and, despite his size, is capable of going head-to-head with most Premier League strikers.

LB: Ben Chilwell

After being somewhat out in the cold under Thomas Tuchel, Chilwell has seen much more game time with Graham Potter.

During that time, the Englishman has provided a real attacking threat and also looked solid defensively.

Tyrell Malacia has impressed for United this campaign, but he is still only young and lacks the league experience of Chilwell.

CDM: Casemiro

With N’Golo Kante out, Chelsea lack any real defensive midfield options. And whilst Casemiro has been slow in integrating at Manchester United following his switch from Real Madrid, there is no denying he is one of the best DMs in the world on his day.

CDM: Mateo Kovacic

Mateo Kovacic’s contributions sometimes go under the radar, but the Croatian is a brilliant box-to-box option who works tirelessly for the team.

Christian Eriksen has also impressed for United in 2022/23, but he does lack defensive awareness, which has cost his side a few times this season, mainly vs Brentford and Manchester City.

RM: Antony

Antony has had an excellent start to his Manchester United career, becoming the first player in the club’s history to score in all three of his first Premier League games.

Chelsea, meanwhile, do not really have a defined right-wing option this season, so there is little competition for Antony.

CAM: Mason Mount

Bruno Fernandes had a decent shot at making this spot after shinning vs Tottenham on Wednesday.

However, the Portuguese has been out of form for the best part of a year now. And whilst Mason Mount struggled at the start of this season, he is back to his best and has provided seven goal contributions in his last six outings.

LM: Raheem Sterling

Raheem Sterling has not been at his best this season, but he has scored four and assisted two in 13.

Jadon Sancho, meanwhile, has netted three and assisted two in 13, but he has also played easier games in the Europa League.

ST: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

Aubameyang has been a good option for Chelsea since his switch from FC Barcelona over the summer, netting three in five starts.

Manchester United, meanwhile, have used Marcus Rashford as their no.9 for much of 2022/23 and the Englishman’s finishing ability has not been great, especially vs Newcastle and Tottenham.


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Josh Barker

Middlesbrough fan from the North East of England. @JoshBarker979 on Twitter.

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