Manchester United and Arsenal will resume the rivalry that has defined much of the Premier League era, when they meet at at Old Trafford today. While neither side managed to mount a serious title challenge this season, both teams have quality in abundance and will be looking for a strong end to the campaign, that will build some momentum ahead of next year.
Here is our combined XI consisting of the best players from both sides…
GK- David De Gea
The Spaniard has been the reason that United’s early struggles has not prevented them from achieving a place in the top four. His reaction saves in particular have evoked memories of Peter Schmeichel. It would be a massive blow to United’s chances of success in the future if they were to lose him to Real Madrid in the summer, as The Sun suggests they will.
RB- Hector Bellerin
Just like selecting De Gea, this was something of a no-brainer. Bellerin has come in this year and made an immediate impact, and stamped his authority on the right full-back position. His pace causes as many problems for the opposition as it helps prevent for his team.
CB- Phil Jones
Now Manchester United have overcome their early season injury crisis, that decimated their defence, Louis van Gaal has been able to settle on a partnership of Phil Jones and Chris Smalling that has given De Gea the protection he craved earlier in the campaign. The former has been particularly impressive.
CB- Laurent Koscielny
The Frenchman has established himself as the leader of Arsenal’s back four, with his consistent, reliable performances. He has bailed Per Mertesacker out more times than he should have to this year, and has done so with little fuss.