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Combined Man United and Chelsea XI

Ahead of Chelsea’s trip to Old Trafford this Sunday, in what could be a major game in the race for second place, we detail the combined XI of both Premier League giants.

GK David De Gea- One of the easier decisions of the combined XI, David De Gea is in most peoples view the best keeper in the world, and has been for the past few years. With no real weakness in his game, De Gea has vindicated the idea that to be a top team, you must have a top keeper.

RB Antonio Valencia- Valencia has been able to transition from an out and out winger, to one of the best fullbacks in the country seamlessly. The 32 year old is enjoying the best season of his career since becoming a defender, and is competent both defensively and going forward.

CB Cesar Azpilicueta- Spanish defender Azpilicueta has proven over the last few years that he can play and excel in any defensive position across the back four. A model of consistency for both club and country, he can genuinely stake a claim to being the best defender in the Premier League and the most versatile.

CB Phil Jones- Jones has had a tough time with injuries over his united career, and as a result has never really had an extended spell in the team with a consistent centre back partner. This season he has found top form in a defence that have conceded the least goals in the division, and he will be aiming to get into Gareth Southgate’s starting XI for the World Cup.

LB Marcos Alonso- Marcos Alonso is one of the most underrated players in the top flight, able to defend as well as contribute with goals and assists at the other end of the pitch. 13 goals over the past season and a half with Chelsea is a brilliant return for a left back, and his free kick ability has been used as a potent weapon for Chelsea.

CM Paul Pogba- On his day one of the best players in the world, his early season form had United fans excited that their £90 Million man was finally coming good. But after injuries and suspension stopped his momentum, Pogba has not been able to show the same form, and has even been dropped in recent weeks. But without question deserves a place in this team.

CM Nemanja Matic- Matic does the jobs nobody notices, and as a result doesn’t receive the same attention as the flair players. But without Matic, United would not be second in the league, and after his replacement at Chelsea has so far failed to impress, the decision to let Matic go seems a poor one. In the first half of the season Matic allowed Pogba to roam freely and steal all the headlines, but while Pogba’s form has dipped, Matic remains as consistent as ever.

CM N’Golo Kante- Everybody is well aware of what Kante brings to a team, his non stop work rate and tireless running has not gone unnoticed over the best two seasons. Kante very rarely has a bad game and is as consistent as they come, two Premier League titles in his first two seasons in England highlights his importance. He also has a knack of scoring against United, netting twice against them last season.

LW Eden Hazard- Sometimes deployed as a false nine but most comfortable on the left, Hazard is on course for his best goal scoring season in a Chelsea shirt this term. Now is the time for Hazard to move to the next level and become one of the best players in the world, something he is more than capable of doing. Whether he does that in London or moves on remains to be seen, but right now he is one of the best players in the country.

ST Romelu Lukaku- Despite receiving much criticism since his summer move to Old Trafford, Lukaku is not having a bad season by any means. The big Belgium has notched 21 goals so far in all competitions, but has at times failed to deliver in the big games. Compared to Chelsea’s number nine, Alvaro Morata who has only managed 12 goals, Lukaku is having a great season.

RW Willian- After his outstanding display in Chelsea’s first leg draw with Barcelona, it was very hard to not include the Brazil born winger. Willian is enjoying the best season of his career, already in double figures for both goals and assists, the winger has proven his world class credentials over the past 18 months. In the process he has gone from a flashy winger to a truly world class match winner.

 

The best striker in the Premier League

This is arguably one of the hardest questions in football. Strikers are the players who get the most attention, which hots up this debate. How do you judge strikers? Goals, types of goals, their play on or off the ball? Due to the greatness of this debate, there is no definitive answer. However, we can see who is right up there.

3. Sergio Aguero

The Argentinian forward has already put his name into Manchester City’s and the Premier League’s history. He did in his first season with the infamous goal against QPR. In all of his seasons in England bar one, he has scored approximately 30 goals per campaign. He is also one goal away currently from Eric Brook’s Manchester City all-time scorers record. Aguero is capable of carving open the best defences and striking past the best goalkeepers in the world. He has found magnificent partnerships with David Silva, Edin Dzeko and now Gabriel Jesus. Now approaching 30, it is clear to see that the longevity of Aguero and how consistent he is at scoring goals on a regular basis, as well as being part of a magnificent team, is the reason he has to be up there. Not just best strikers in the league right now, but ever, next to Shearer and Zola.

2. Harry Kane

Harry Kane is arguably the best English out and out striker the Premier League has had since Shearer. Kane burst onto the scene in 2013/14 as a young Spurs prospect and just hasn’t stopped scoring. Playing for the club he supported as a young boy, he has proven himself to be Spurs’ most vital player, making the number 10 shirt his own, as well as the England number nine shirt. Like Aguero, he has formed magnificent partnerships with Christian Eriksen and Dele Alli. He has consecutively won the previous two golden boots. Although he is yet to show the world what he can do on an international level at a major tournament, his fans in England certainly are aware, as do those who are seeing him in European competitions. . There are no games now where he is not expected to score, or assist, as he is an excellent team player, working so hard even getting down the flanks crossing it for teammates, as well as being there in the middle. In his relatively short time he has shown he is worthy of being called “world class” and nobody can argue with that.

  1. Romelu Lukaku

This Belgian man has it all. He has pace, he has vision and can squeeze into the tiniest gaps in defences, he has shot power, strength, everything. Although a “flop” at Chelsea, he has shown himself worthy for West Brom, Everton and now Manchester United, unlike the other two strikers who have only played for one club. Wherever Lukaku has gone, he’s succeeded and after putting himself into Everton folklore, he looks to have found his place at Old Trafford, scoring 15 in 12 so far this season in all competitions. He went to United to win trophies. Will he? How long will his scoring streak last? Also, the world is yet to see him partner up with Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Have we left anyone out? Who do you think should be up on the list. Costa while he’s still here? Morata? Lacazette? Let us know in the comments section

Match Preview: Manchester United v Everton

Manchester United head into the Premier League fixture with Everton on Sunday, on the back of a comfortable 3-0 victory over FC Basel in the Champions League. The Red Devils are also unbeaten in the league in 4 games (Winning 3, Drawing 1), and entertain an Everton side who are struggling for form currently.

The Toffee’s head into the match at Old Trafford on the back of a 3-0 defeat to Atalanta in Thursday’s Europa League, and also without a win in 3 Premier League games. After starting the season with an opening day victory over Stoke City, the Merseyside outfit have gone on to draw 1 and lose their other 2 league fixtures.

Manchester United have had a good recent record against Everton, as they have won 3 of the last 5 meetings between the two outfits in all competitions. Last season saw both matches end in 1-1 draws, so both will be looking to claim maximum points this time around.

The Red Devils will be without midfielder Paul Pogba, who picked up a hamstring injury in midweek against FC Basel, but fullback Luke Shaw has recovered from injury so could be part of the match day squad.

Both sides signed strikers from one another over the summer and will be hoping that they can find the back of the net on Sunday. Everton striker Wayne Rooney has 2 goals to his name so far this season, and is the only Everton player to find the back of the net, with Manchester United’s Romelu Lukaku having scored 5 goals in all competitions so far this season.

Score Prediction: Manchester United 2-0 Everton

Manchester United two key players so far this season

Manchester United have made an unbeaten start to the Premier League season, and topped that off last night beating FC Basel 3-0 in their first group stage Champions League match at Old Trafford.

Goals from substitute Mauroune Fellaini, Romelu Lukaku and Marcus Rashford, gave the ‘Red Devils’ a comfortable victory against the Swiss Super League outfit. One downside of the evening was Paul Pogba going off with what looked to be a hamstring injury, but manager Jose Mourinho would have been delighted to see substitute Fellaini come on and score.

United head into this weekend’s game against Everton looking to maintain top spot in the Premier League, but Pogba’s injury will have given Mourinho a selection headache, does he give goalscorer Fellaini the nod in the midfield or does he turn to Ander Herrera or Michael Carrick.

With United’s terrific start to the season I take a look at who I believe are the Two most key players in the side right now.

David De Gea – Without question one of the best goalkeepers, if not the best goalkeeper in the world right now! Under the tenure of David Moyes and Louis Van Goal respectively, the Spanish shot stopper won United many points having to make world class saves time and time again.

This season, even though United didn’t concede in their first three games he has been a safe pair of hands when called upon, seeing him make a point blank save against Stoke on Saturday and also again last night shows even though he hasn’t had a lot to do he is reliable when called upon.

Romelu Lukaku – A summer signing from Jose Mourinho that was definitely needed. After Zlatan Ibrahimovic was the only potent force in front of goal last season it was important to get another goal scorer into the club and in Lukaku, United have got someone who is already proven in the Premier League after his time with Everton.

Grabbing his first Champions League goal last night and having grabbed 4 goals in the Premier League already this season, Lukaku has hit the ground running quickly and looks like he is going to be a key man this season for United.

Manchester United fans do you agree David De Gea and Romelu Lukaku are the two key players in the team right now? Let us know in the comments section…