Combined Manchester United and Liverpool XI - Who's in and who's out?

David De Gea, Martin Skrtel, Jordan Henderson all feature plus more.

Manchester United and Liverpool are two sides filled with world class players but who would make it into the same team?

One method of criticism rival fans always make towards each other is judging how many players on the opposing side would make it into their eleven.

With the derby between the two teams at Old Trafford this weekend, we thought the time was right to produce a combined xi based on both sides.

Take a look.

GK – David De Gea

De Gea has been one of the best goalkeepers in the Premier League this season and a consistent performer in a United side which has struggled.

RB – Jon Flanagan

A controversial choice maybe but his form at right-back is the reason Glen Johnson has been confined to the left after returning from injury.

CB – Martin Skrtel

Skrtel’s no nonsense style of defending is what any side needs. He’s aggressive against strikers of all types and clears lines effectively to ease the pressure on his defence.

CB – Nemanja Vidic

Vidic leaves United at the end of the season but they look a much more settled and balanced side when he’s available. He has the sort of experience any side dreams of.

LB – Patrice Evra

Evra slots in at left-back. He gets forward well and creates extra width on the left which allows any left sided player to drift in and get involved centrally.

CM – Michael Carrick

Carrick’s ability to intercept the ball and make it difficult for the opposition to play is well known. He’d sit just in front of the back four.

RCM – Steven Gerrard

Just to his right would be Liverpool’s captain. An inspirational leader and someone who can play different roles all over the midfield.

LCM – Jordan Henderson

To the left of Carrick we’ve gone for Jordan Henderson. There are players we could have chosen who are more technically gifted but Henderson guarantees all out work rate and commitment.

LST – Daniel Sturridge

Sturridge would play just to the left of a three man attack. He’s often started on the left this season for Liverpool but has been superb coming into central positions.

RST – Wayne Rooney

The right sided central striker would be Rooney. He could push forward in attack and also drop off into the midfield.

ST – Luis Suarez

Suarez would play through the centre of attack doing what he does best; causing chaos and showing an inability to stop moving throughout any 90 minutes.

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