Manchester United have shown their city rivals who is boss in the Premier League this season. The champions elect have a seemingly unassailable 12 point lead over Manchester City.
However, following the Manchester derby, we wondered how the teams match up on paper?
To settle the debate of who has the better squad, we make a dream team including the best players from both Manchester United and Manchester City.
Goalkeeper | Joe Hart | Manchester City
In spite of a couple of mistakes he has made this season, Joe Hart remains a fantastic keeper and, still relatively young, England's number one is likely to improve in the future.
However, the same can be said for United's David de Gea, who has looked promising although still appears vulnerable physically when dealing with crosses. In time, De Gea could displace Hart as Manchester's number one.
Right back | Pablo Zabaleta | Manchester City
The Argentinian is by far the best right back in Manchester or maybe in the Premier League. Zabaleta has turned in consistent performances for an erratic City side this season, posing a strong attacking threat whilst remaining responsible defensively in every game he has played.
Left back | Gael Clichy | Manchester City
The highly underrated Clichy has been formidable for Arsenal and City during his stint in England, and has continued his fine form into this season. Signed for a bargain £7 million from Arsenal, Clichy has established himself as a City regular and played a pivotal role in last year's title success.
Centre back | Jonny Evans | Manchester United
A year ago, the Northern Irishman was merely considered as a backup player for Sir Alex Ferguson's side, being cited as a weakness in an otherwise strong United defence. However, this season the roles have been reversed, with a composed Evans proving to be a figure of solidity in an otherwise leaky United defence.
Centre back | Vincent Kompany | Manchester City
City's captain has spent a large chunk of this term on the side lines, but his leadership and determination - coupled with his neat passing ability - have made him an essential figure in the City line-up.
Right midfield | Antonio Valencia | Manchester United
The Colombian offers a fantastic work ethic, willing to run back and forth along the wing in order to fulfil both his attacking and defensive duties - something rarely seen in modern day wingers. In addition, he is one of the finest crossers of the ball in England and provides pace to United's attack.
Left midfield | David Silva | Manchester City
Silva's tantalizing trickery has been terrorizing Premier League defences since his arrival at the Etihad from Valencia two years ago. His form from last year has not quite been replicated this campaign, but he continues to offer attacking impetus and pace to an often flaccid City attack.
Centre midfield | Michael Carrick | Manchester United
England international Carrick has been heralded for his outstanding distribution of the football, as well as providing tenacity and defensive strength in the centre of the Red Devils' midfield - a suitable replacement for Paul Scholes.
Centre midfield | Yaya Toure | Manchester City
His performances since the African Cup of Nations appear to have been hampered by fatigue, but Toure's sublime strength, exceptional vision and powerful shooting continue to make him a threat and arguably City's greatest asset. He is equally comfortable filling either an attacking or defensive role.
Striker | Wayne Rooney | Manchester United
The mercurial Rooney remains one of United's key men. There is no doubting that his performances in big games and goal scoring and creating antics justify his labelling as one of the game's best. His desire can never be questioned either.
Striker | Robin Van Persie | Manchester United
The totemic former Arsenal man has proven to be the difference between the two Manchester sides this season, scoring a total of 19 goals in the Premier League. His predator-like instincts make him one of the most feared forwards in the world. Roberto Mancini has continually claimed that, had he signed the irrepressible Dutchman in the summer, City would have retained their title.
Do you agree that this is Manchester's strongest XI? What changes would you make?
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