Manchester United play host to Tottenham this Sunday in what will undoubtedly be one of the defining games in this year’s race for the Premier League’s top four places.
The Red Devils currently occupy fourth place in the Premier League with then games to go until the end of the season and they are two points clear of fifth placed Liverpool. Tottenham are placed sixth at the moment, three points behind Manchester United and, should results go their way, could draw level with the final Champions League spot this weekend.
Here is a combined XI from the two sides with Spurs taking six places and United having five.
GK: David de Gea (Manchester United)
The Spanish stopper has made nine clean sheets so far this season and Manchester United have much to thank him for. Had it not been for de Gea, it is likely the Red Devils would be much lower down the table and not in the top four race at all.
RB: Kyle Walker (Tottenham Hotspur)
Walker is an attacking right back, though he does look after his defensive duties. The former Sheffield United man affords more security than Antonio Valencia, who put in an inept performance against Arsenal earlier in the week.
CB: Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham Hotspur)
A brick wall in Tottenham’s defence. Playing next to youngster Eric Dier, Vertonghen has had to mentor him while also putting in assured performances, particularly in the second half of the season.
CB: Phil Jones (Manchester United)
Jones has suffered with various niggling injuries, but when on form he’s up there with the best centre backs in the Premier League. Pips Rojo to a place due the the Argentine’s unspectacular showing this season.
LB: Luke Shaw (Manchester United)
Another player who has suffered with niggling injuries this season and hasn’t played as well as he would have liked. More reliable than Danny Rose and Ben Davies though and will look to kick on for the rest of this season and the next.