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Jose Mourinho's combined XI of Chelsea and Manchester United players

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Jose Mourinho loves nothing more than his status of pantomime villain at Chelsea.

Once upon a time, the Special One was a hero at Stamford Bridge, having guided the Blues to three Premier League titles, one FA Cup, and three League Cups.

It's amazing what leaving a club dangling above the relegation zone and moving to Manchester United six months later will do to a reputation.

On Sunday, he will no doubt be revelling in his return to west London as he seeks to inflict more misery on an already beleaguered Antonio Conte.

The Portuguese has already done that to some extent this season by reuniting with Nemanja Matic, the Serbian one of several players to have featured under him for both clubs.

Mourinho has coached some incredible talents during his time in English football, and we've taken a stab at a combined XI of some of the players who have worked with Mourinho in the Premier League.

GK: David De Gea

Petr Cech narrowly misses out, as De Gea is arguably the best goalkeeper in the world right now. He also won United Player of the Year for three seasons running, prior to Ander Herrera taking the gong from him in 2017.

Manchester United v Everton - Premier League

RB: César Azpilicueta

There's a solid argument to be had that 'Dave' is among the most underrated players in English football. Conte is still reaping the benefits now, as he helped his side edge past Watford a fortnight ago.

CB: John Terry

JT's record speaks for itself really: five titles, five FA Cups, and one Champions League. Say no more.

CB: William Gallas

Relations with the Frenchman would eventually sour when he insisted on a move to Arsenal, yet his partnership with Terry was formidable.

Chelsea v Fulham

LB: Ashley Cole

One of the few players of the 'Golden Generation' who was just as good for England, signing - or tapping up, whatever you want to call it - Cole was one of Mourinho's shrewdest moves.

AM: Juan Mata

Mourinho reportedly had a difficult relationship with the playmaker at Chelsea, but at United, he's got his manager out of trouble on more than one occasion.

Manchester United v FC Basel - UEFA Champions League

CDM: Claude Makelele

There aren't many players who see their position named after them. If Chelsea think they're blessed to have N'Golo Kante nowadays, even he was no match for Makelele. There was simply no getting the ball off him.

CM: Frank Lampard

No other Premier League player has scored as many goals from midfield as Super Frank. The former England international is Chelsea's all-time leading goalscorer with 211 goals.

Frank Lampard of Chelsea celebrates a go

LM: Arjen Robben

Then donning a full head of hair, the Bayern Munich star first caught the eye during his time at Chelsea and earned a move to Real Madrid thanks to his exploits. There was a lot more to his game than cutting inside, as his pace made him a nightmare for Premier League defenders.

ST: Didier Drogba

From his iconic penalty in the Champions League final to 157 goals in 341 appearances, Drogba is an all-time great at the Bridge. The Ivorian added another seven goals when he made a surprise comeback in 2014.

UEFA Champions League: Chelsea v Real Betis

ST: Zlatan Ibrahimovic

It's a pity that the Swede's first season at United was cut short by a horrific double cruciate knee ligament injury. Fortunately, they've signed up last season's top scorer for another year, and it shouldn't be too long before he returns.

Who else should be in this combined XI? Let us know in the comments.

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