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Friday 26 May 2017

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.

DANI ALVES

United tried hard to sign the Brazilian right-back this summer, but he chose to extend his contract at Barcelona instead.

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Barcelona's Gerard Pique celebrates after Neymar scores their third goal
 

GERARD PIQUE

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.

JAVIER MASCHERANO

Still best as a defensive midfielder, but despite his lack of height, the former Liverpool player continues to impress at centre-half for Barca.

JORDI ALBA

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.

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Manchester United's Bastian Schweinsteiger (2nd from L) in action last night
 

BASTIAN SCHWEINSTEIGER

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

SERGIO BUSQUETS

One of the best defensive midfielders in the business and a crucial element of Barcelona’s success over the past decade.

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Barcelona's Andres Iniesta and Villarreal's Bruno Soriano fight for the ball
 

ANDRES INIESTA

One of the best midfielders in the world, so he would walk into any team. An iconic figure for Barcelona and Spain.

NEYMAR

A superstar who scores goals, makes goals and adds colour and flair to whatever he does.

LUIS SUAREZ

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.

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Barcelona's Lionel Messi celebrates with teammate Carles Puyol (R) after scoring against Real Madrid during their Champions League semi-final first leg in 2011
 

LIONEL MESSI

Arguably the greatest footballer ever to play the game. No justification required.

Telegraph.co.uk

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