Saturday 3 December 2016

Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher pick United and Liverpool dream teams - with a twist

Published 14/10/2016 | 11:28

Liverpool's Steven Gerrard during one of his many tussles with Manchester United midfielder Roy Keane
Liverpool's Steven Gerrard during one of his many tussles with Manchester United midfielder Roy Keane

Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher have picked their Manchester United and Liverpool dream teams ahead of Monday’s Premier League game between the two sides at Anfield, but their task came with a twist.

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United great Neville and Liverpool legend Carragher will be part of Sky Sports team for the eagerly-anticipated clash between their old sides on Monday night and they have set about the task of picking their a best XI from the rivals they played against in their careers.

Former United skipper Roy Keane is one of the first names on Carragher’s team-sheet, as he offered up this glowing tribute to the Irishman:

“Keane, would United ever have a figure like that again. He’s a fantastic central midfield player.”

He went on to explain his reason for picking Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs, in a team that did not find space for David Beckham.

“Scholes you would pick as your No 1, or maybe the best player you played with so that says everything about him and Giggs is one of the most decorated player there will ever be in football so one of the great midfields of any era,” he added.

Meanwhile, Neville went with a dynamic front two of Fernando Torres and Michael Owen, as he offered up a pretty damning view of Liverpool over the last 15 years.

“With (Javier) Mascherano and (Xabi) Alonso in midfield, it’s the only time in my career where I thought ‘they’re actually good here’

“Gerrard was a number 10 and Torres was up front, with Carragher and (Sami) Hypia in the centre of defence and with (Pepe) Reina in goal, I thought ‘another signing or two here, and they’re going to win the league or they’re close’.”

Here are the United and Liverpool dream teams selected by Neville and Carragher.

GARY NEVILLE'S DREAM 11:

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JAMIE CARRAGHER'S DREAM 11:

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