05 Mar De Bruyne, Fernandes headline a Man Metropolis-dominated Manchester mixed XI
Manchester Metropolis face Manchester United within the 185th Manchester derby on Sunday in a recreation that, lower than two months in the past, was shaping as much as be a possible Premier League title decider.
United climbed to the highest of the desk with a 1-Zero win at Burnley on Jan. 12, shifting seven factors away from Metropolis (who had two video games in hand) to lift hopes of a primary title at Previous Trafford since 2013. However when United journey to the Etihad on Sunday, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team will discover themselves 14 factors behind Pep Guardiola’s males following a 21-point swing in simply seven weeks.
Heading into the weekend, Metropolis and United are the highest two — Leicester can climb into second with a win at Brighton on Saturday — so how shut are the 2 teams by way of high quality?
Football4cast exams the power of the squads by choosing a mixed XI from the 2 teams.
There isn’t any contest in the case of deciding Manchester’s finest goalkeeper. Metropolis No. 1 Ederson beats United’s David De Gea and Dean Henderson arms down by way of his reliability and significance. The Brazilian is profitable the race for the Golden Glove having amassed 15 clear sheets thus far this season — De Gea has 9 from 24 video games / Henderson has 1 from 4 — and his distribution has additionally led to targets for Metropolis this season.
De Gea has made a sequence of pricey errors this season, however Ederson has been flawless.
DF: Joao Cancelo
The Portuguese defender struggled to make an influence in his debut marketing campaign at Metropolis final season following his arrival from Juventus, however he has been a key determine for Pep Guardiola in yr two. Cancelo has been performed in each full-back positions, however his performances at right-back have improved Metropolis defensively and moved him forward of Kyle Walker within the pecking order.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s tenacity and tackling make him an everyday at United, however his distribution is poor and means he cannot compete with both Cancelo or Walker.
DF: John Stones
Having seen his profession hit the doldrums over the previous two seasons, Stones regarded more likely to be heading for the exit door on the Etihad. However an early season damage to Aymeric Laporte opened the door for the England man to return to the team and he has since constructed a formidable partnership with summer season signing Ruben Dias.
Metropolis have posted 12 clear sheets in 16 video games when Stones has performed this season and his capacity on the ball locations him forward of all of United’s centre-half choices.
DF: Ruben Dias
Metropolis spent final season struggling to beat the lack of former captain Vincent Kompany, who left to take a training position at Anderlecht, however Dias has ended the seek for a successor to the Belgian defender.
The Portugal worldwide has been a rock on the coronary heart of Metropolis’s defence and, at £64.3m, was cheaper than Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk and United’s Harry Maguire. Guardiola’s first-choice centre-half because the day he arrived, Dias provides Metropolis the composure and reliability that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer remains to be looking for amongst his central defenders at United.
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DF: Luke Shaw
It has taken virtually seven years, since his £28m arrival from Southampton because the world’s costliest teenager in 2014, however Luke Shaw has lastly discovered his finest kind in a United shirt this season. The 25-year-old has vastly improved his health over the previous 18 months and it’s now enabling him to present United high quality, each defensively and in attacking positions down the left flank.
Shaw’s renaissance makes him Manchester’s finest left-back this season, putting him forward of Metropolis’s Oleksandr Zinchenko and Benjamin Mendy.
The battle for the defensive midfield spots is a detailed one, with Scott McTominay’s power and targets and Nemanja Matic’s calming expertise giving United an additional degree of solidity this season. However neither can match Metropolis midfielder Rodri in the case of consistency, with the Spaniard lacking simply two of Metropolis’s 27 Premier League video games thus far this season.
Rodri is completely happy to offer a defensive defend in entrance of the again 4 and provides licence for Metropolis’s attacking gamers to focus purely on breaking ahead.
MF: Ilkay Gundogan
The German midfielder has been a revelation for Metropolis this season, scoring 11 targets in 21 appearances and serving to drive their surge up the desk to the highest spot. Though he has been utilized in a complicated position by Guardiola throughout Kevin De Bruyne’s current damage layoff, Gundogan is most comfy in a deep-lying midfield place.
His versatility is essential for Guardiola, and Gundogan has actually stepped up when Metropolis wanted a match-winning contribution throughout their 21-game profitable streak.
MF: Kevin De Bruyne
Damage has restricted De Bruyne to 21 Premier League appearances thus far this season, however he has nonetheless scored three targets and registered 11 assists. When match, the Belgian is the excellent midfielder within the league and stays a mannequin of consistency for Guardiola’s team.
De Bruyne could be one of many first picks in a Premier League All-Star XI, so he definitely makes this all-Manchester team.
MF: Bruno Fernandes
The United midfielder is in his poorest patch of kind since arriving from Sporting CP in January 2020, however nonetheless, he has nonetheless scored 15 targets and registered 10 assists this season. Fernandes has been a game-changing signing for United and also you solely have to take a look at the stats to understand the place the team could be with out him.
Regardless of the abundance of high quality that Metropolis have of their squad, Fernandes nonetheless walks into an all-Manchester team as a result of he is likely one of the few United gamers that would make Metropolis higher.
FW: Phil Foden
The 20-year-old has lengthy been billed as the subsequent massive factor in English football and he’s now justifying the hype at Metropolis. Foden scores targets, makes them, and likewise possesses an unimaginable burst of tempo to take him previous defenders, as showcased throughout final month’s 4-1 win at Liverpool.
Born in Stockport, simply exterior of Manchester, Foden is the lone homegrown participant to make this mixed Metropolis-United XI.
FW: Raheem Sterling
Marcus Rashford has scored 9 league targets and delivered six assists this season, however his inconsistency means he misses out on a spot on this team to Raheem Sterling. Sterling has scored 9 targets and created one fewer help than Rashford, however the former Liverpool ahead is comfy in any place within the attacking third of the pitch and has a confirmed observe document of delivering when it issues most.
Rashford remains to be growing and isn’t as near being the completed article as Sterling, however the United ahead wants so as to add a ruthless streak to change into the top-class purpose scorer many consider he might be.