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Combined XI: Manchester City vs. Manchester United

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Sports Mole picks a combined XI from the squads of Manchester City and Manchester United, including only players available for Wednesday's EFL Cup clash.
By , Senior Reporter | 21d

Manchester City play host to Manchester United at the Etihad Stadium in the second leg of their EFL Cup semi-final on Wednesday night.

City, who also lifted the trophy in 2018 and 2019, hold a 3-1 advantage from the opening fixture after a first-half blitz at Old Trafford.

Bernardo Silva, Riyad Mahrez and an own goal from Andreas Pereira provided Pep Guardiola's with a sizeable lead, before Marcus Rashford added a consolation after the break.

Since that clash on January 14, City have recorded three wins from four attempts in all competitions, with the 2-2 draw against Crystal Palace their only setback.

While United have progressed through to the FA Cup fifth round, Premier League defeats versus Liverpool and Burnley respectively have piled the pressure on manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Here, Sports Mole selects its strongest combined XI from the two squads, using only players available for the meeting in the North-West.



Ederson and David de Gea have not produced their best form this season, but the City stopper would get the nod with us having made fewer individual mistakes than his opposite number.

While the selection of Kyle Walker at right-back is fairly clear cut, it is a different story with regards to the rest of the backline with over half-a-dozen players realistic options for three places.

With the likes of Benjamin Mendy and Oleksandr Zinchenko having been inconsistent this season, we go for United youngster Brandon Williams, who has recently dislodged Luke Shaw at left-back.

At centre-back, we have decided to combine the leadership and tenacity of Fernandinho and Harry Maguire, rather than opt for John Stones, Nicolas Otamendi or Victor Lindelof.

The remainder of the team does not make good viewing for United supporters, and we were not exactly pushed to include any of their forward players in our team.

Rodri is the obvious the pick in a defensive-midfield role, with Ilkay Gundogan acting as the link in the centre of the pitch and Kevin De Bruyne being given more freedom to influence the match.

By choosing Bernardo Silva and Raheem Sterling, we have both creativity and speed, rather than focusing on the pace and directness of Daniel James and Mason Greenwood.

Down the middle, it was a straight choice between Gabriel Jesus and Sergio Aguero, with the latter being preferred due to having netted seven goals from four outings since the turn of the year.

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2Manchester CityMan City25163665293651
3Leicester CityLeicester26155654262850
4Chelsea2612594336741
5Tottenham HotspurSpurs2611784334940
6Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd2610972824439
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11Burnley26104123039-934
12Southampton2694133248-1631
13Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2687112440-1631
14Crystal Palace2679102332-930
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16Bournemouth2675142640-1426
17Aston Villa2674153450-1625
18West Ham UnitedWest Ham2566133043-1324
19Watford2659122440-1624
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Premier League Table
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Liverpool26251061154676
2Manchester CityMan City25163665293651
3Leicester CityLeicester26155654262850
4Chelsea2612594336741
5Tottenham HotspurSpurs2611784334940
6Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd2610972824439
7Manchester UnitedMan Utd2610883829938
8Wolverhampton WanderersWolves2681263532336
9Everton26106103438-436
10Arsenal2671363634234
11Burnley26104123039-934
12Southampton2694133248-1631
13Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2687112440-1631
14Crystal Palace2679102332-930
15Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton2669113138-727
16Bournemouth2675142640-1426
17Aston Villa2674153450-1625
18West Ham UnitedWest Ham2566133043-1324
19Watford2659122440-1624
20Norwich CityNorwich2646162448-2418
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