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Saturday 20 January 2018

Manchester United v Liverpool: Who makes the combined 11?

Alan Smith

Louis van Gaal and Jurgen Klopp go head to head for a second time in a week in tonight's Europa League decider at Old Trafford. But who would get into a composite team drawn from the available players on each side? Alan Smith passes judgement...

David de Gea

No contest here. One of the world's best goalkeepers easily beats Simon Mignolet.

Nathaniel Clyne

Nathaniel Clyne competes with Dominik Kohr (Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

Has gradually improved over his first season at Liverpool. More consistent than Matteo Darmian

Chris Smalling

Enjoying a fine campaign, easily his best at Old Trafford.

Daley Blind

A controversial choice perhaps but none of Liverpool's centre-halves can match his game intelligence.

Marcos Rojo

Has struggled with injury but the Argentine is a much more reliable figure than Alberto Moreno.

Antonio Valencia (R) and Marcos Rojo look on during a Manchester United training session ahead of their UEFA Europa League round of 32 second leg match against FC Midtjylland

Michael Carrick

Still the best United have in that holding position.

Jordan Henderson

Just pips  Morgan Schneiderlin for his extra dynamism and leadership qualities.

Adam Lallana

Playing superbly just now having responded to Jurgen Klopp's arrival.

Liverpool forward Adam Lallana admits the players have to take the blame for throwing away a 2-0 lead.

Philippe Coutinho

Edges out Juan Mata and teammate Roberto Firmino for the number 10 role.

Anthony Martial

United's biggest attacking threat by quite some distance, the Frenchman has everything you want from a striker.

Daniel Sturridge

Played too few games and not all of them well but the sheer talent of this forward makes  exclusion impossible.

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