Manchester United v Barcelona combined XI - How many of Van Gaal's men make it?
Manchester United are preparing to take on Barcelona in one of the summer's most eagerly-awaited pre-season friendlies tomorrow. Which players make the strongest possible XI between the two sides?
DAVID DE GEA
Now regarded as one of the world’s best goalkeepers, De Gea would edge out Marc-Andre Ter Stegen and Claudio Bravo.
United tried hard to sign the Brazilian right-back this summer, but he chose to extend his contract at Barcelona instead.
Slipped through the net at United, with Sir Alex Ferguson selling him to Barcelona due to Pique’s frustration at being unable to break up the Rio Ferdinand-Nemanja Vidic defensive partnership.
Still best as a defensive midfielder, but despite his lack of height, the former Liverpool player continues to impress at centre-half for Barca.
One of the most attack-minded left-backs in the game, Alba has become a key figure for Barca since arriving from Valencia in 2012.
The United new-boy has won everything with Bayern Munich and Germany, so his experience and winning mentality would secure him a place in a Barca-Man Utd X
One of the best defensive midfielders in the business and a crucial element of Barcelona’s success over the past decade.
One of the best midfielders in the world, so he would walk into any team. An iconic figure for Barcelona and Spain.
A superstar who scores goals, makes goals and adds colour and flair to whatever he does.
One of the best attacking players ever to grace the Premier League, but despite his dark side, a footballer who is undoubtedly one of the most prized forwards in the game.
Arguably the greatest footballer ever to play the game. No justification required.