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Manchester United & Chelsea: Combined XI

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With both sides meeting on Monday at Old Trafford, here's a look at the players that can make it into a combined XI of both teams.

Both Manchester United and Chelsea has quality talents on their books, and will not find it difficult to get into some Premier League sides.

Both teams also have players that can make it into this team, but we will try to name a combined XI and give reasons why the players chosen have been chosen ahead of others.

Note: Any player that is selected is selected based on their performance in the new season.

Formation: 4-2-3-1

Goalkeeper: Petr Cech, Chelsea

The Chelsea shot stopper has been reliable between the sticks for Chelsea over the years and although he was not very much troubled in the first match against Hull City, he was very much tested in the second game against Aston Villa and proved his mettle any time he was called upon.

Although we can fault him a little for allowing Christian Benteke beat him at his near post, he did just more than enough in helping Chelsea preserve their lead by denying Aston Villa with some excellent saves.

David de Gea is a young and excellent shot stopper with a great potential, so we might expect him to break into this combined XI when both sides meet again later this season.

Left back:  Patrice Evra, Manchester United

He was outstanding in the opening Premier League game against Swansea City marauding down the left flank with consumate ease. He had a hand in Danny Welbeck's goal as it was his dangerous cross into the box that found its way to Antonio Valencia who managed to find Welbeck.

Ashley Cole has played well in Chelsea's first two games but we have not seen him make those attacking runs down the left flank for Chelsea and by so doing not giving Chelsea enough width up front.

Centre-back: Nemanja Vidic, Manchester united

Nemanja Vidic was a rock in United's defence last season and they somewhat struggled in his absence.

Manchester United's defence was not much troubled against Swansea in their opening game, but he alongside Rio Ferdinard managed to neutralise the threat of Michu and also repel anything Swansea threw at them.

Centre-back: Gary Cahill, Chelsea

Outstanding, rock,power house; I just cannot find enough words to describe him. He has been excellent for Chelsea in their matches.

In the opening game versus Hull City, he was a rock at the base of the defence, making brilliant stops and interceptions. He helped the team sometimes in their transition from attack to defence.

Right back: Branislav Ivanovic, Chelsea

Against Hull City, he was brilliant as he did his defensive job well and was a threat going forward. In the match against Aston Villa, he delivered another good performance and scored the wining goal for Chelsea.

Although some people might want to argue that he should not have been on the pitch to score that winner for Chelsea, we cannot argue that he has delivered a perfect performance for Jose Mourinho the first two games of his second spell as Chelsea manager.

Defensive midfielder: Ramires, Chelsea

The tireless Chelsea midfielder has been superb since the beginning of the season. Against Hull City, he was an enforcer in the middle of the park, biting at heels and covering ground with gusto.

He won possession for his side, shielded his defence well and drove forward when he could. Against Aston Villa, he did his job with utmost perfection, showing amazing energy and work rate.

Defensive midfielder: Michael Carrick, Manchester United

Last season, he was the heart of the Manchester United midfield, and thought by some sections of United fans as the right candidate for the player of the year for the 2012/2013 campaign.

He carried his last season form into 2013/14 carrying out his midfield duties with grace and absolute excellence.

Attacking midfielder left: Eden Hazard, Chelsea

Eden Hazard took his Premier League debut season in style and by storm. He started well this season against Hull City galloping down the left flank and also changing positions with Oscar and Kevin de Bruyne.

Hazard carried his good performance into the next game against Aston Villa, running at the Villa defence every chance he got. He was active throughout the 90 minutes of the game, and proved a handful for the Villa defence.

Attacking midfielder centre: Oscar, Chelsea

The little Brazilian was a gem in the midfield for Chelsea and even managed to get a goal for himself. He showed good understanding with Hazard and De bruyne . He took his goal with enormous composure.

Filled with creativity and class, Oscar is always threading passes and searching for gaps. He just oozes quality.

Attacking midfielder right: Danny Welbeck, Manchester United

He was criticised last season for his lack of goals, but he has replied this season with two goals in one match, one which was a well taken lob over the goalkeeper.

Centre-forward: Robin van Persie, Manchester United

Who else will lead the line except this goalscoring machine.The centre forward position is the only position that I did not think twice before picking. His signing was described as what won Manchester United the league title last season.

RVP has carried that form into the new season with two well taken goals. His first goal was class, and he took his second goal with aplomb.

Honourable mentions: David de Gea, Rio Ferdinard, Ashley Cole, Frank Lampard, Ryan Giggs.

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