Manchester United v Arsenal: Combined XI



Age: 24

Height: 192cm

Appearances: 36

Clean sheets: 10

The Spanish keeper has been Manchester United's saviour this season and who knows where they would be without him? Countless saves with all parts of his body has been a major factor in United all but qualifying for the Champions League next season.

His individual display in the home win against Everton this season was probably his best performance; saving a first-half Leighton Baines penalty and producing a tremendous fingertip save to deny Bryan Oviedo in stoppage time.

Trying to get him to sign a new deal is probably the most important piece of business they need to do in the summer.


Right Back

Age: 20

Height: 177cm

Appearances: 17

Goals: 2

Assists: 1

Bellerin has been a breath of fresh air for Arsenal this season. Following the departure Bacary Sagna to Manchester City and injuries to Callum Chambers and Mathieu Debuchy, the defender has been more than a fitting replacement.

He scored his first goal in Arsenal colours with a well-placed shot against Aston Villa and also opened the scoring in Arsenal's 4-1 win over Liverpool last month. Despite his age, he has shown he is more than capable playing in the high demands of the Premier League.


Centre Back

Age: 29

Height: 186cm

Appearances: 25

Goals: 3

Assists: 0

Probably been one of Arsenal's most consistent performers this season and has turned into one of the best central defenders in the Premier League. After a tentative start to his Arsenal career, where he was involved in a calamitous mixup which resulted in Birmingham City winning the Carling Cup in 2011, the Frenchman has settled well.

He is not just solid at the back, he is a defender with an eye for goal. A real nuisance from set pieces has helped him to 16 goals for the Gunners in five seasons and has netted three times in the league this campaign.


Centre Back

Age: 25

Height: 192cm

Appearances: 23

Goals: 4

Assists: 0

Manchester United's defence has been questioned a lot this season but Smalling has been one of the few who have really stared under Louis van Gaal. Criticised last season and potentially looking at the exit door at Old Trafford, the England defender has responded in tremendous style and his performances have probably made him first-choice centre back.

Smalling has also contributed with goals this season as the former Maidstone man has netted four times. He scored the fourth against bitter rivals Manchester City and also grabbed a brace in the home game against Burnley.


Left Back

Age: 19

Height: 186cm

Appearances: 16

Goals: 0

Assists: 0

Struggled with fitness and injuries this season but Shaw is definitely a future star for both club and country. His energetic work-rate and attacking intent makes him a real handful for other full-backs to deal with.

There is a big price tag over his head and he does need to work on the standard of defending which United expect. However, the opportunity to work with Louis van Gaal for the next few years will only help improve him as a defender.


Defensive Midfield

Age: 33

Height: 188cm

Appearances: 18

Goals: 1

Assists: 2

Mr. Reliable for United for so many seasons and this campaign is no different. In fact, the Red Devils have won 72 percent of their games when Carrick has played but really struggle when he is out the team.

He has been identified as indispensable by his manager and, although he only has one goal and two assists to his name this season, it is role in the anchor of midfield that makes him so important to the team. Only Nemanja Matic plays that role better than Carrick in England.


Centre Midfield

Age: 26

Height: 180cm

Appearances: 19

Goals: 4

Assists: 5

Another player who has taken a lot of criticism from supporters to justify his £42m price tag, but has been sheer quality this season. Injured for a large part of this season, his return sparked a great run of form and really got Arsenal ticking.

His superb vision definitely makes him one of the most gifted players in the Premier League. He has a tendency to be very unselfish and has claimed five assists but has also contributed with four goals in the league this year.


Centre Midfield

Age: 27

Height: 170cm

Appearances: 31

Goals: 9

Assists: 4

A real fans' favourite at Old Trafford, Mata has been a key part of United's stride for a place in the Champions League. The Spaniard, signed originally by David Moyes last January for £37m, has forced himself into Van Gaal's plans.

With nine league goals from midfield and four assists this season he has been one of United's best performers. A brace, including a world-class volley, against Liverpool at Anfield are examples of the class he possesses.


Left Wing

Age: 30

Height: 168cm

Appearances: 34

Goals: 7

Assists: 9

Another Arsenal player with immense quality, Cazorla has been a stand-out performer for the north London side this season. Great technical skill, scintillating footwork and the ability to take corners with both feet are just a few of the qualities he has.

Cazorla has nine league assists to his name this campaign and has also hit seven goals. If Arsenal are going to really push for the title next season then they need him at his very best once again.


Right Wing

Age: 26

Height: 169cm

Appearances: 32

Goals: 16

Assists: 8

Not many players adapt well to the Premier League in their first season but for Alexis Sanchez it has been a piece of cake. The Gunners' top goal-scorer has hit 16 league goals and 24 in all competitions.

The Chilean has also provided eight assists for his teammates and his blistering pace has been used to devastating effect all season. If Arsenal can find another player like Sanchez they will not be far off the title.


Centre Forward

Age: 29

Height: 176cm

Appearances: 32

Goals: 12

Assists: 5

Last but not least and leading the line is Wayne Rooney. After being given the captain's armband for both club and country, the England forward is thriving at the opportunity to lead a team.

He has 12 league goals and five assists for United this season and could have been more if van Gaal had not played him in midfield so much. Rooney has proved his best performances this season have come when he is the target man.

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