FA Cup final: Manchester City vs Manchester United combined XI

The 2022/23 FA Cup final takes place on June 3.

The final sees two city rivals facing off in Manchester City and Manchester United.

Both have already lifted silverware this season, with United taking home the League Cup and City the Premier League.

Saturday’s game does have more significance to Man City, though, as it would be the second of three trophies collected on the way to a historic treble.

Here is 101GreatGoals’ combined XI for the match.

GK: Ederson

David de Gea has always been a solid, traditional goalkeeper, but Ederson is miles ahead of the Spaniard when it comes to playing out from the back. The Brazilian is also a good shot-stopper so there is no real debate here.

RB: Kyle Walker

Somewhat underrated at times and often dubbed a ‘pace merchant’, Kyle Walker has had an excellent 2022/23 season, being more consistent than both Diogo Dalot and Aaron Wan-Bissaka.

CB: Ruben Dias

Despite falling out of favour earlier this season, Ruben Dias has put on superb displays since his return to the XI, making a number of goal-saving tackles and interceptions for Man City this year.

CB: Raphael Varane

Lisandro Martinez would have taken this spot if fit, but as he is injured, Varane squeezes in, as whilst United did not have the best defence this campaign, the Frenchman has continued to put on quality showings and his experience is sure to be invaluable in the final.

LB: Nathan Ake

Luke Shaw found form in the final few months of the Premier League season, but Ake’s defensive work in the second half of 2022/23 has been brilliant, with the Dutchman’s ability to pocket pretty much every winger he has faced crucial to City being on the cusp of a treble.

CDM: Rodri

Rodri is perhaps one of the more underappreciated midfielders in the PL. The Spaniard does his job very well with little fuss, linking playing and breaking up attacks with ease.

CDM: Casemiro

Much of the debate between United and City’s fans this season has centred around who is better, Casemiro or Rodri. And whilst both have their strengths, it was too hard to pick just one player for this XI, so they have both made the cut.

RM: Jack Grealish

Grealish is not a right-winger, however, he takes this spot because of his importance to Man City’s attack and his blossoming relationship with Erling Haaland. United’s right-sided options, meanwhile, have been lacklustre to say the least.

CAM: Kevin De Bruyne

Manchester United fans will, of course, think Bruno Fernandes should be in this spot. But there is simply no denying De Bruyne’s quality. The Belgian netted seven goals and 16 assists in the Premier League this season, compared to Bruno’s eight goals and eight assists.

LM: Marcus Rashford

The reason Grealish was moved to the right in this XI is because of Marcus Rashford. The 25-year-old has had a phenomenal 2022/23. He scored 17 and assisted five in the league, whilst netting 30 and assisting 11 in all competitions.

ST: Erling Haaland

Erling Haaland has 52 goals and nine assists in all competitions this season. Manchester United’s strikers, meanwhile, have a combined total of 11 goals and six assists in all competitions.

Combined XI

Josh Barker

Josh Barker

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

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