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Manchester City vs Manchester United: Combined XI

One of the weekend’s marquee Premier League ties sees Manchester City host cross-town rivals, Manchester United.

Manchester City head into the game looking to knock Arsenal off top spot after the Gunners’ superb start to the campaign.

Manchester United, meanwhile, had a very poor start to 2022/23 that saw them set some unfortunate records.

However, the Red Devils have begun to improve under Erik ten Hag and it is sure to be an exciting clash on Sunday.

Here is 101GreatGoals’ combined XI for the game.

GK: Ederson

There really isn’t much to think about here. Ederson is superb with the ball at his feet and a great shot-stopper, whilst David de Gea looks lost every time he receives the ball or is required to play out from the back.

Diogo Dalot has cetinally improved this season, but there can be little argument that Joao Cancelo is not the best, most consistent full-back in the Premier League right now.

He is defensively sound and his ability to step into midfield and create chances is very important to City’s success.

RCB: Ruben Dias

Whilst the likes of Manuel Akanji and Nathan Ake have impressed in a short space of time this season, Dias remains one of the most dominant centre-backs in the PL.

LCB: Emiliano Martinez

The likes of Aymeric Laporte and John Stones could and probably should make this spot given how little time Martinez has spent in the Premier League. But during that short period, the Argentine has showcased his excellent defensive awareness and also his ability to drive out from the back with the ball to create chances.

LB: Tyrell Malacia

Again, Kyle Walker and Cancelo should probably be the starting full-backs, but the former has not been at his best this season when asked to play as an inverted wing-back.

Malacia, though, has taken to the Premier League like a duck to water.

CDM: Rodri

Rodri is one of the best defensive midfielders in the world at present when looking at any attribute – passing ability, defensive awareness, positioning. There is little competition from United given Casemiro has hardly played and Scott McTominay is something of a headless chicken.

CM: Kevin De Bruyne

Kevin De Bruyne is one of the greatest playmakers the Premier League has ever seen and nobody in United’s team comes close.

CM: Bernardo Silva

A case could be made that Bruno Fernandes should partner KDB, but whilst Fernandes has been somewhat inconsistent over the last year, Silva has remained a constant threat, even during the speculation about his future.

RW: Antony

Manchester City have struggled to find the correct option to play on the right this term. So, after a starring display vs Arsenal, Antony earns that spot as he looks set to be a serious player for United.

ST: Erling Haaland

Was there really anyone else? Haaland has scored 14 goals in nine games this campaign and is likely to break countless goalscoring records before the season is out.

LW: Phil Foden

Foden’s ability to carry the ball forward and drive at players is second to none. Jadon Sancho has shown patches of quality this term, but nothing close to Foden’s level.


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Josh Barker

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

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