As the Manchester Derby approaches, it is once again time to look at a combined XI for the top two teams in the Premier League. While Manchester United are going into Saturday’s match after a comfortable but certainly not clinical match against Swansea City at Old Trafford, City will enter on the back of a humbling 3-0 defeat at Anfield after Salah, the Ox and Mane made City pay for defensive errors and give the Citizens an uphill battle at the Ethiad on Tuesday evening. Nevertheless this is the Manchester combined XI of the current fit and in form players for these great sides.
He has been sensational this season and has made roughly 84 passes per game, turning defence into attack from a more central role. He makes more passes than Pogba or De Bruyne per game and has scored eight goals and made eleven assists in the League this season and has earned his place in this side.
A fantastic young talent who has had such a huge impact to Manchester City in the last twelve months especially. He has it all; pace, strength, mercurial dribbling ability, composed finishing and is 6 ft tall. He has earned a position in this City side, forcing Nolito and Navas out last year and Bernardo Silva this year and is one of the biggest threats for United on Saturday.
LEFT WINGER: JESSE LINGARD
He has scored more goals this season than any other for United (bar Lukaku). Lingard has scored 13 goals in all competitions and scored some vital goals for United against Chelsea, Burnley and Arsenal to name a few. His high energy performances make him a good player in any side and his unselfish nature makes him a dream for any manager and deserves a position in this squad.
STRIKER: ROMELU LUKAKU
A far better rounded player than Jesus and far more crucial for Manchester United than Jesus for City with 15 goals to his name and 7 assists in the league alone. His hold-up play has improved and drifts into the right wing position when he needs to in the flexible front four United play at the moment. He will be vital in the derby and hopefully not for the opposition this time!