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Manchester United and Leicester City combined XI

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A friendly it might be, but winning the Community Shield later today will do the world of good to Jose Mourinho and Claudio Ranieri's confidence heading into the new season.

The former Chelsea duo find themselves in differing situations, with Ranieri's Leicester City due to defend their Premier League title and Mourinho aiming to restore Manchester United to their former glory.

An interesting clash awaits, then, with both sides also making a number of high-profile additions over the course of the summer transfer window.

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United have signed Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Eric Bailly and Henrikh Mkhitaryan, whilst Ahmed Musa and Bartosz Kapustka have arrived at Leicester.

But what would a combined XI look like? Well, using a 4-1-3-2 formation, we've attempted to create just that.

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GK - DAVID DE GEA

Kasper Schmeicel is a fine goalkeeper and enjoyed a wonderful season last term, but De Gea is one of - if not the - best shot-stopper in the world. It's impossible to overlook him.

Manchester United v Crystal Palace - The Emirates FA Cup Final

RB - ANTONIO VALENCIA

A difficult pick, but Valencia's strength and threat going forward sees him selected over Danny Simpson, who is a liability at the back.

CB - WES MORGAN

Leicester's captain led by example at the heart of defence last season, scoring a number of important goals and demonstrating the passion to win the Premier League. His leadership proved vital.

Leicester City v Everton - Premier League

CB - CHRIS SMALLING

Smalling has developed into an excellent centre-back during his time at United and his pace would complement the more physical Morgan.

LB - CHRISTIAN FUCHS

Another hard choice but, considering Luke Shaw spent the majority of last season injured, Fuchs is a shoo-in at left-back. He has a wand of a left foot.

Leicester City v Southampton - Premier League

CDM - DANNY DRINKWATER

Drinkwater's creativity from deep was a weapon for Leicester last term, often finding teammate Jamie Vardy with balls over the top. Earning a call up to the England national team in March was a testament to how far he's come since leaving United in 2012.

RM - RIYAD MAHREZ

Seventeen goals and 11 assists in the Premier League last season - says it all really.

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CM - WAYNE ROONEY

As Rooney's days as a striker draw to a close, his talents would be best used in a more creative role. Composed on the ball and lethal from range, the 30-year-old has the makings of a perfect No.10.

LM - HENRIKH MKHITARYAN

Like Mahrez, Mkhitaryan enjoyed a phenomenal 2015/16 season: 11 goals and 15 assists in the Bundesliga alone. His £26 million transfer fee could prove to be a bargain.

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ST - ZLATAN IBRAHIMOVIC

Ibrahimovic was a goalscoring machine for Paris Saint-Germain last term and looks set to take the Premier League by storm after scoring a bicycle kick on his United debut.

ST - JAMIE VARDY

Vardy's rise to stardom has been nothing short of sensational. The 29-year-old's pace and ruthlessness in front of goal saw him score 24 goals in the Premier League en route to title glory and proved too hot to handle for most defences.

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COMBINED XI

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