The most anticipated fixture of the Premier League this weekend is the Super Sunday clash at Old Trafford between two of England's most successful clubs. Manchester United and Liverpool will renew their eternal rivalry in what is expected to be a blockbuster fixture.
The match is even more interesting when you consider the amount of talent that will be on display. Both Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Jurgen Klopp can boast of world class players in their squads and it will be interesting to see who comes out on top this Sunday.
Picking a starting lineup from the plethora of stars available in both teams will be a difficult task for any coach, be it Solskjaer, Klopp, Tuchel or even Pep Guardiola. They will all have headaches selecting just eleven players from both teams.
Nonetheless, we will attempt to fit in the best players from each side into a starting lineup. From defense to attack, here is a combined XI of Manchester United and Liverpool players below.
Goalkeeper: Alisson Becker (Liverpool)
Liverpool have the better goalkeeeper at the moment. David De Gea used to be one of the best goalies in the world but the Spanish shot stopper has declined with his performances in recent times. He had become so bad, he no longer makes the lineup for his country.
Alisson on the other hand has been superb for both Liverpool and Brazil. He has kept 4 clean sheets so far in the EPL alone, while De Gea has managed just one in all competitions this term.
Center back: Virgil Van Dijk (Liverpool)
Van Dijk is heads and shoulders above all the center backs that Manchester United have in their ranks. The Dutchman is widely regarded as the best defender in the world at the moment and has been getting comparisons with some of the greatest of all-time. His place in this combined XI is a no-brainer.
Center back: Raphael Varane (Manchester United)
Varane was a summer signing for the Red Devils and although he has not really solved their defensive problems, the four-time UEFA Champions League winner deserves a place in this lineup for his achievements.
Right back: Trent Alexander Arnold (Liverpool)
Not many people will have a problem with Arnold's inclusion over Aaron Wan Bissaka. His creativity and sheer brilliance puts him miles ahead of his countryman.
Left back: Andy Robertson (Liverpool)
Alongside Arnold, Robertson has established himself as one of Liverpool's main creative outlets. His contributions for his team is much more than what Luke Shaw does for Manchester United.
Defensive Midfielder: Fabinho (Liverpool)
The defensive midfield department is one major area where Solskjaer's side are lacking but Liverpool have in abundance. Fabinho is a world class player in that position and makes this team without competition.
Central midfielder: Paul Pogba (Manchester United)
Liverpool's midfield might be stacked with defensive-minded players but they don't have the attacking threat which their opponents pose from midfield. World Cup winner Paul Pogba is the chief creator in the Premier League this season with seven assists to his name.
Central midfielder: Bruno Fernandes (Manchester United)
Fernandes has to be regarded as the greatest January signings in EPL history. Since his arrival from Sporting Lisbon, the Portuguese playmaker has been directly involved in 75 goals (44 goals and 31 assists) in just 92 appearances for The Solskjaer's side. Truly phenomenal.
Right winger: Mohamed Salah (Liverpool)
Words cannot describe how good Salah has been for Liverpool this season. The Egyptian winger is finally getting the recognition he deserves following his incredible performances this term. He is the current top scorer in the EPL and is leading Liverpool's push for the league title this season.
Right winger: Sadio Mane (Liverpool)
Mane has scored 100 goals in the Premier League and none of them were penalties. I don't think anyone would argue with Mane's inclusion over Jadon Sancho or Marcus Rashford. The Senegalese speedster deserves his place in this lineup.
Center Forward: Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United)
Ronaldo is now 36 years old and is no longer as fast as he used to be when he was younger. He is now used in the number nine role and features in our XI as the main center forward.
In a 4-3-3 formation, here is our combined lineup of Manchester United and Liverpool players.
What do you think of this lineup? Is there anyone you would like to replace?
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