BBC pundit Robbie Savage has taken to social networking site Twitter to name his combined Manchester XI ahead of the Manchester derby at Old Trafford on Sunday.
The two Premier League giants are separated by just one point in the table, although they enter the intriguing encounter in quite different form.
Since the last derby in early November, Manchester United have accumulated the most points in the league and currently boast a five-game winning streak.
Manchester City, in contrast, have been bitterly disappointing of late and with just four wins in 11 league matches, boss Manuel Pellegrini is in a fight to save his job.
The Chilean has a wealth of talent at his disposal and many observers feel they have massively underachieved this season, not least BBC pundit Savage.
The former Blackburn Rovers star told the BBC that it’s the wrong time for City to be playing their rivals, yet he believes the Etihad outfit boast a number of better players, illustrated by his Manchester XI.
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Interestingly, Savage has named as many as three Manchester City defenders in his XI, despite the fact that Pellegrini’s men have conceded more goals than their opponents this season.
Goalkeeper David de Gea is a fair selection, but including Martin Demichelis over United’s centre-backs is questionable as is the inclusion of Yaya Toure given his disappointing form.
The most notable absence is the exclusion of record signing Angel di Maria, a player who was largely thought of as one of Real Madrid’s most important players during their double success last season.
The Argentine international has been strangely substandard during his debut season at Old Trafford, a;though the same can also be said of a number of attacking players for City.
For the cash both teams have spent over the past two years, they really should be challenging for the top honours both domestically and in Europe.