Thursday 25 May 2017

Who makes our Manchester United/Arsenal Dream Team?

Six Arsenal and five Manchester United players feature in our dream team selection.

Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney and Arsenal's Chilean forward Alexis Sanchez
Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney and Arsenal's Chilean forward Alexis Sanchez
Declan Whooley

Declan Whooley

Third meets fourth at Old Trafford today with Louis van Gaal's side looking to complete the double over the Gunners. But who makes the cut in a combined selection?

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David De Gea (Manchester United)

David Ospina has improved matters between the sticks at the Emirates, but no competition here. De Gea vying with Thibaut Courtois as the best keeper in England.

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Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal says the club have offered David de Gea, pictured, 'a lot of money'

Defence

Hector Bellerin (Arsenal)

Antonio Valencia has improved from last season, but is still very much a make-shift right back and positionally can be found wanting. Bellerin has caught the eye this season and has been one of Arsenal's most consistent performers.

Chris Smalling (Manchester United)

Smalling has improved hugely as the season has unfolded, though distribution still not at the required level. The odd lapse aside, more assured than Per Mertesacker at the heart of the defence.

Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal)

The best centre-half between both squads, the Frenchman is quick, clever in possession and possesses an acute awareness of those around him.

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Laurent Koscielny has been impressive at the heart of Arsenal's defence this term

Nacho Monreal (Arsenal)

From a United perspective Luke Shaw has missed a lot of the season through injury, while Marcos Rojo and Daley Blind have only filled in occasionally on the flank. Monreal has played 27 league games and goes about his game in an understated manner.

Midfield

Juan Mata (Manchester United)

After a slow start at Old Trafford, Mata has become a key part of the United team and has kept Angel Di Maria on the sidelines. The Spanish international has scored nine goals this term and shown real quality on the right flank. Sees off the challenge of Aaron Ramsey.

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Juan Mata has not played for Spain since the 2014 World Cup

Francis Coquelin (Arsenal)

Has made a huge difference to Arsenal’s defensive resolve. Disciplined in his positioning, he breaks up play effectively before giving the simple pass. Has outshone Daley Blind, United's closest challenger, for the defensive role.

Michael Carrick (Manchester United)

His contribution more evident in his absence, though injuries have curtailed his involvement this season. Arguably Louis van Gaal's most important midfielder.

Santi Cazorla (Arsenal)

The Spanish international claims the number 10 role. More consistent than Mesut Ozil or United’s Ander Herrera. A creative cog in the final third.

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Arsenal's Santi Cazorla (left) scores their fourth goal of the game from the penalty spot during the Barclays Premier League match at the Emirates Stadium, London.

Attack

Wayne Rooney (Manchester United)

The United captain sees off the challenge of Olivier Giroud, who has a better goals-to-games ratio, but has been found wanting at times this term.

Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal)

What an inspired signing the former Barcelona man has proven to be. Twenty-two goals in his maiden Premier League campaign and his selfless play and incredible work ethic have been appreciated by fans and team-mates alike. Real star quality.

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Alexis Sanchez scored twice as Arsenal claimed three points at Hull

Combined Team: De Gea; Bellerin, Smalling, Koscielny, Monreal; Mata, Carrick, Coquelin, Cazorla; Rooney, Sanchez

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