The Real Footie Analyst

If you had to pick your own Manchester XI to play Barcelona

Just imagine you’ve been tasked to put a team together that will face Barcelona in a final and you had to pick your own Manchester XI  – who would it be? So far the two Manchester clubs, albeit only after three games played, seem to be running away in the English Premier League. I can openly admit that I’m suitably impressed by both team’s recent performances and it should make for some rather interesting viewing when the two meet in the local derby on the 23rd of October.

So, if you had to choose your starting eleven looking at players from both teams who would they be? I’ve had a go and this is how my team with a 4-3-3 formation looks.

GK: Joe Hart

RB: Micah Richards CB: Phil Jones CB: Nemanja Vidic LB: Patrice Evra

RCM: Samir Nasri CM: Anderson LCM: David Silva

RF: Sergio Aguero CF: Wayne Rooney LF: Ashley Young

Goalkeeper: Joe Hart slightly edges out De Gea as he has more EPL experience, and on recent displays has made less blunders than the Spanish stopper.

Right-back: A tough one to call as United’s Chris Smalling has recently made the position his own. Micah edges him in terms of consistency and it’s his natural position. Capello has handed Micah a call up to the England setup.

Centre-back: Any of the current stock for both teams are worthy of a place in my team. But, I’ve chosen Vidic and Jones as I feel they would be the strongest. I’ve chosen Jones over Ferdinand only because of his injury concerns. Vincent Kompany could make it as well but Jones looks to be the part at the moment.

Left-back: Patice Evra just about gets the nod ahead of Gael Clichy only because of his experience. Rafael and Fabio are great to have as deputies but Evra gets the nod.

Midfield: Another area on the pitch with an abundance of  talent for both teams. Nasri, Anderson and Silva only get the nod because of their recent displays for either club. Anderson fulfills the holding role whilst Nasti and Silva can switch or play just behind the target man if need be. Gareth Barry or Tom Cleverley could also fill in easily.

Attack: Wayne Rooney will always be the first name down on the team sheet. Ashley Young gets the nod as he adds something extra in terms of goal-scoring ability and willingness to run at pace with the ball at his feet. United have benefited from his play so far and it’s no wonder they are scoring for fun. He just edges out Nani and Balotelli as I refer to them as ‘one-trick’ ponies. They can’t defend and are considered  liabilities when you have lost the ball to the opposition.  Aguero gets the nod ahead of Tevez after some scintillating displays that has already netted him three goals. Hernandez and Dzeko just miss out but will easily make a star-studded bench.

Do you think the dream-team above will beat Barcelona if Sir Alex Ferguson was the manager?

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