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Tuesday 20 March 2018

Man United vs Real Madrid best XI - Only three Red Devils make the team

Chris Bascombe

Ahead of the Tuesday's European Super Cup, contested between Champions League winners Real Madrid and Europa League victors Manchester United - arguably the two biggest clubs on the planet - Chris Bascombe has picked a best XI of players from the squads.

David De Gea

Real Madrid have tried to sign De Gea on enough occasions to suggest he would get in their side.

Manchester United's David De Gea

Antonio Valencia

One of United’s most consistent players. Arguably still underrated. Was the outstanding player in the Europa League run.

Antonio Valencia

Raphael Varane

If there was one defender Jose Mourinho wishes he could sign, Varane would be it.

Raphael Varane

Sergio Ramos

Often as effective going forward as he is defensively. One of the most calculated footballers around, but a winner.

Sergio Ramos


Plays more as a winger than a full-back, but his rampaging runs have been a feature of the Champions League for several years.

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Real Madrid's Marcelo

Toni Kroos

One of the most elegant footballers on the planet. Replaced Xabi Alonso in the Real midfield and glides through games.

Toni Kroos

Nemanja Matic

United’s most recent signing would be included to add balance. It was surprising Chelsea allowed him to go. Will sit back and let others strut their stuff.

Manchester United's Nemanja Matic. Photo credit: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Luka Modric

A delight to watch. Rarely concedes possession and is the perfect supplier to Ronaldo and Bale.

Real Madrid's Croatian midfielder Luka Modric

Cristiano Ronaldo

First name on the teamsheet. He might be a moody ego-maniac (aren’t they all deep down?) but he is one of the greatest of all time.

Portuguese footballer Cristiano Ronaldo attends an activity at Olympic Sports Centre on July 23, 2017 in Beijing, China. (Photo by VCG)

Karim Benzema

A debateable pick. Some might look to the future and prefer Romelu Lukaku. You would probably rotate them in pre-season and see who deserves the nod.

Karim Benzema

Gareth Bale

When fit, he too would walk (or in his case sprint) into any side in the world. Always linked with United. Might end up there one day.

Gareth Bale insists he is happy at Real Madrid. Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

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