Manchester United’s game against Leicester City at Old Trafford on Saturday is likely to be the toughest test of the season so far.
Brendan Rodgers’ Leicester side remain unbeaten and sit third in the league, whereas United have picked up just five points and are in eighth position.
The debate leading up to tomorrow’s game has been which squad is actually the better of the two, and how many Leicester players would get into the United first-team.
I’ve taken a look and made a realistic selection of the best combined eleven from the two sides.
Of course, United are without key stars such as Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial for tomorrow’s game, but I selected the best players each squad has to offer regardless of their availability for the fixture.
Combined Manchester United and Leicester City XI (4-3-3)
David De Gea
Despite an indifferent run of form towards the end of last season, De Gea is still a quality goalkeeper and edges out Kasper Schmeichel for the spot between the sticks.
Ricardo Pereira has proved to be an excellent addition for Leicester, but Wan-Bissaka’s fantastic defensive ability makes him a guaranteed pick at right-back.
Maguire was Leicester’s star defender, and is now comfortably United’s best centre-back. The England international is a dominant aerial presence and comfortable at bringing the ball out from the back.
The Turkish international is Leicester’s new cult hero and has ensured the Foxes have not felt the effects of Harry Maguire’s loss this summer. Victor Lindelof was considered for this selection but his shaky start to the season means he misses out.
The 22-year-old has established himself as England’s first choice left-back under Gareth Southgate, surpassing Luke Shaw as the best English player in the position. Chilwell has been linked with a move to Pep Guardiola’s Man City, and it’s clear to see why with his crossing ability and the stability he offers in defence.
Ndidi is already one of the best interceptors of play in the Premier League. The Nigerian plays the anchorman role perfectly in Brendan Rodgers’ set-up, and is the standout defensive midfielder between the two sides.
Youri Tielemans, who many United fans rue missing out on this summer, could have easily been chosen here. However, Pogba is comfortably the most talented of the midfielders and can change games in an instant with a moment of brilliance. The problem is that we just haven’t seen Pogba produce on a consistent enough basis for United.
How United could do with a player like Maddison in their current side. The attacking midfielder provides a creative spark the Reds simply do not have, always looking to pick up the ball on the half turn and feeding Jamie Vardy through on goal.
The Welshman fully deserved United’s August player of the month award after goals against Chelsea, Crystal Palace and Southampton. James has lightening pace which cause defences huge problems on the flanks, but most importantly he has had an end product in the first few games of the season.
Vardy is the only proven goalscorer between the two sides and has made an electric start to the season. The 32-year-old scored 18 league goals last season, but could better that total this time out. Despite his age, Vardy still has pace in abundance and is constantly putting pressure on opposition defences.
On his day, the Frenchman is still one of the most dangerous players in the league and made an excellent start in the central striker role under Solskjaer this season before his injury.