Manchester City and Manchester United are two of the strongest clubs in the Premier League and the Manchester derby is undoubtedly one of the Premier League's biggest, most heated derbies.
Both clubs are on a warpath to reclaim the Premier League title from current holders Chelsea. City surrendered the title feebly last season, while United have not held the title of champions since the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson.
The two clubs boast some of the league's greatest players. Which of those players make our my Manchester XI?
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The squad picked below is based on the the players that were at the Manchester clubs before the start of this transfer window. This means the likes of Memphis Depay, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Raheem Sterling or Morgan Schneiderlin did not make it into the XI.
We will just have to wait and see how they fair for their new teams. However, here is my combined Manchester XI.
Goalkeeper: David de Gea (Manchester United)
David de Gea gets this position ahead of Joe Hart. Both are brilliant keepers and play essential roles in their teams, but the athletic Spaniard has been at the heart of Manchester United's defense and has consistently given outstanding performances.
Right-back: Pablo Zabaleta (Manchester City)
While the 2014/2015 season wasn't Zabaleta's best, he still continued to put in good performances for Manchester City. He's solid defensively and good going forward. The Argentine is probably the right-back either Manchester side can boast at the moment.
Centre-back: Vincent Kompany (Manchester City)
Yes, Kompany had a dismal 2014/2015 season. Martin Demichelis was reliable at the back even at 34 years of age, but assuming the Belgian is able to reboot for the 2015/2016 campaign, he'd be the pick ahead of any City or United defenders. A leader, an intelligent player, and a defensive rock, Kompany is a dream for any defense.
Centre-back: Phil Jones (Manchester United)
Jones is full of potential for Manchester United. He's tall, strong, and has had a consistent run of form. He was lauded by Sir Alex Ferguson, and deservedly so. He has the attitude of a leader and may come to captain Manchester United one day.
Left-back: Aleksandar Kolarov (Manchester City)
Kolarov is irresistible. He knows how to track his man and is good getting forward. He combines well with players like David Silva and is often an attacking threat to opposition.
Centre midfield: Yaya Toure (Manchester City)
Toure has incredible physical prowess, but that's not all he's got. His passing, shooting, and ability to keep the ball are all top class and there is no doubt that he makes this starting XI.
Centre midfield: Michael Carrick (Manchester United)
At 33-years-old Michael Carrick has been at the heart of United's recent campaign. He has the calm, assured character of a leader and is always reliable.
Attacking midfield: David Sliva (Manchester City)
No other player comes close to Silva's level of creativity in either Manchester side. The midfield magician has revolutionized City's wing-play and has provided his teammates with assist after assist after assist. Undoubtedly one of the league's best creative players.
Attacking midfield: Juan Mata (Manchester United)
To join his Spanish national teammate in midfield, Juan Mata would provide an added touch of class and creativity. Mata is a versatile player that could slot in behind a forward or play on the wing.
Forward: Wayne Rooney (Manchester United)
Not much needs to be said here. A leader and considered to be one of the best English players of all time, Wayne Rooney has the experience and ability necessary to score goals for this combined XI.
Forward: Sergio Aguero (Manchester City)
A combined attacking duo of Sergio Aguero and Wayne Rooney, anyone? The Argentine is capable of scoring goals that captivate crowds and leave everyone in awe.
Who would make your combined Manchester City and United XI? Let us know what you think in the comments below.
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