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Manchester United and Chelsea's combined best XI ahead of their third clash this season

Sunday 16th April 2017
Later today, Manchester United and Chelsea go head-to-head for a third time this season. The first two meetings have gone the Blues' way, 4 and 1-0 wins at Stamford Bridge. This will be the two side's final meeting this season, with José Mourinho desperate for revenge. Ahead of the clash, we've tried to come up with our best combined XI.

First things first: this wasn't easy. There are more Red Devils in this squad. Odd considering the Blues are league leaders, but Manchester United are a team draped with top class stars, whereas Chelsea's side is more reliant on teamwork.

Goalkeeper

David de Gea - It was close but I have to give the nod to the Spaniard over Thibaut Courtois. He's just an outstanding goalkeeper, second best in the world only to Manuel Neuer. In terms of shot-stopping, there aren't any better. He saves so many one-on-ones he deserves his place in this side. It says a lot that he's won three Manchester United Player of the Year awards.

Defenders

Marcos Alonso -  An underrated signing. Conte played an absolute blinder with the ex-Fiorentina man and Chelsea are reaping the rewards. He's reliable, very efficient, a consummate professional perfectly suited to the Stamford Bridge club.

Eric Bailly -  I wasn't expecting much when Bailly moved to Old Trafford from Villareal, but, my, I've been impressed. The 23-year-old has it all; Manchester United has unearthed a gem. He's quick, aggressive, extremely assured in his tackling. The Ivorian seems tailor-made for the Premier League.

David Luiz -  Many questioned Conte's move to bring Luiz back. Those doubters have been silenced. I genuinely don't believe there has been a better, more consistent centre-back in the league. Serious credit to him for coming back and Chelsea for taking the risk.

Antonio Valencia -  The best right-back in the country. He has it all and I'm going to say he owes it to Louis van Gaal. It was the Iron Tulip who converted Tony V down to a right-back. What a masterstroke. Defensively and offensively, he's been superb, possessing an engine that lets him buccaneer down the flank for 90 minutes.

Midfielders

N'Golo Kante -  This guy came from nowhere for Leicester last season. This campaign, he's one reason Chelsea sit atop the tree. The Frenchman covers absolutely every blade of grass for the duration. He is a nightmare for opposition midfielders. The best in the world at what he does, bar none.

Paul Pogba -  Some will say he doesn't deserve a spot in this team, but here is why he does. Manchester United play ten times better when Pogba is involved. He creates so many chances. There have been times where he hasn't been good enough, but overall, he has had a good season. I feel people look straight at the transfer fee, which is very harsh. We have to remember he's still only 24.

Forwards

Eden Hazard -  What a player. His mazy runs are just out of this world. Sometimes, I'm not quite sure how he does it. He's been an excellent player for his club. Let's not forget Manchester United and Chelsea were fighting for his signature when he left Lille. The Blues won that battle. They've been the best club in the country since.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan -  Made a slow start but is settling into life with Manchester United nicely. He's very similar to Hazard, although he probably works a bit harder defensively to compensate for not being as talented going the other way. He can create chances from nothing and score goals on his own. He'll be vital to the Red Devils going forward.

Victor Moses -  A player I'd never thought I'd put into this team. Alright, his best attribute is tracking back but I couldn't leave him out. He's been wonderful to watch all season. Under Antonio Conte's guidance, he's really grown as a player.

Zlatan Ibrahimović -  It was close between Zlatan and Costa, but I went for the former. He's just been that influential figure Mourinho wanted. On top of that, he's scored goals galore, important ones, too. Manchester United will be praying he puts pen to paper regarding a new contract.

Have a look at the full Manchester United and Chelsea team below:
Jordan Street

Jordan Street, 25-year old sports writer. Avid Manchester United fan and season ticket holder. Lover of the Premier League. Enjoys American sports. Tom Brady's biggest admirer, Kyrie Irving for MVP.


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