Manchester United - Manchester City combined XI: Red Devils have 6/11 but who makes the cut?

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Ahead of their clash on Sunday, we combine the best of Louis van Gaal's Manchester United squad with the strongest players available to Manuel Pellegrini at Manchester City.

GK - David De Gea

Perhaps the most difficult decision of all, as both sides boast significant strength between the sticks. While Joe Hart has had his issues in recent seasons, David De Gea has continued to improve. The Red Devils' shot stopper was recently made first choice for the Spanish national team - an unimaginable feat. not too long ago. 

RB - Pablo Zabaleta

Regarded by most as the best right-sided full-back in the Premier League, Pablo Zabaleta's inclusion in this combined XI will go undisputed. Rafael has been the regular starter at United when fit but the Brazilian continues to make individual errors and rash decisions, which create further problems for his side. 

CB - Vincent Kompany 

Arguably the best defensive player of the two sides , the Manchester City skipper is the first name on Manuel Pellegrini's team-sheet. An absolute beast at the back, the Belgian would have provided fierce competition for former Red Devil Nemanja Vidic. Now, however, United's defenders don't even come close. 

CB - Phil Jones

Despite an injury plagued opening to the season, Phil Jones has shown glimpses of his suggested potential. Having impressed in a centre-back role throughout his four appearances, it seems the 22-year-old will become a mainstay in Van Gaal's back-four for years to come. It was a close call between Jones and Martin Demichelis.

LB - Gael Clichy

The left-back slot is a toss-up between City's Gael Clichy and United's Luke Shaw but, based on current ability alone, it's only fair that the former gets the nod. Shaw continued to show signs of his potential with his display against Chelsea on Sunday but, at this stage, he is far from the end product the Old Trafford faithful are hoping for. 

DM - Daley Blind 

Blind has made a great start since joining Manchester United from Ajax. He is the man tasked with providing the balance between attack and defence, a job he is fulfilling superbly. For City, Yaya Toure has looked nowhere near his best, while Pellegrini can't seem to work out if Fernando or Fernandinho is a better option alongside him.

CM - Marouane Fellaini

A controversial decision perhaps but, based on recent form, Marouane Fellaini has earned himself a place in this combined eleven. The towering Belgian midfielder stifled the league's most creative player - Chelsea's Cesc Fabregas - last weekend and offers a significant presence going forward, as he proved against West Brom. 

CM - Angel Di Maria 

A sensation since arriving in the Premier League, Angel Di Maria has finally restored the magic at Old Trafford. The Argentine international has already recorded three goals and registered four assists in just seven appearances - statistics unheard of from a Manchester United midfielder since the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo. 

AM - David Silva

David Silva keeps his fellow Spaniard Juan Mata out of the side. One of the Premier League's most creative assets, the City playmaker continues to wow audiences with his passing and dribbling ability. He has two assists and two goals to his name thus far - his strike in the club's recent defeat to West Ham remains the pick of the bunch. 

ST - Sergio Aguero

Nine goals in seven appearances says it all. Simply put, Sergio Aguero is the best striker in England. 

ST - Falcao

One of the world's leading strikers, Radamel Falcao is yet to hit top gear at Old Trafford. Nonetheless, his arrival has created an extremely positive impact. With just one goal in five appearances, the Colombian international will be looking to improve his tally upon his return to fitness. This could spell danger for City on Sunday. 

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