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The Ultimate Man Utd & PSG Combined XI

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The Champions League is the big one. The competition everyone looks forward to, and if you win it, your club goes down in history. Manchester United may be the club with said history, but going into their tie with PSG, they’re the underdogs.

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PSG have a brilliant squad and are the heavy favourites, although United’s upturn in form has changed that slightly, with the Red Devils having quality players themselves. With that in mind, we’ve put together a combined XI, with the best players from either side.

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David De Gea

The Manchester United goalie is easily one of the best players in the world, and it comes as no shock to see him here. He may have struggled during the World Cup, but he’s been back to his best of late and has been brilliant for Manchester United. Confident in the air, shot stopping and distributing the ball, there aren’t many better, including the other option here, Gigi Buffon. United’s defence has been patchy at times and saves like the ones De Gea makes time and time again keep them in matches. Any team would be lucky to have him, especially in a knockout competition.

Thomas Muenier

The Belgian is a top-quality player and easily the best pick here. United are weak on their flanks – whereas PSG have top class players. It will be key for the French side given the pace United have on their wings up front – but expect Muenier to stand up to anything United have to throw at him for the most part. It’s not been easy for him at PSG, with Dani Alves and before that Serge Aurier, but he’s come through injuries and heavy competition to show he has what it takes. Oh, and he makes a mean attacking player as well, and can easily play at right wing back. He’s scored one and assisted two already in the Champions League this season.

Victor Lindelof

Lindelof has been much better this season, and finally looks like he’s growing into his role at United. He would be a great partner for Thiago Silva, who could use his wisdom to guide Lindelof. In a defence with Phil Jones or Chris Smalling, the Swede doesn’t have much support, but has been one of the standout players for United this season. His form didn’t dip under Jose Mourinho and it looks like he could go on to be a great United defender after struggling in his first season while adapting to the Premier League.

Thiago Silva

One of the best defenders of a generation. He’s a born leader and someone who is willing to put his foot or head in harm’s way if a tackle is necessary. Silva has shown time and time again why he should be one of the first names on a teamsheet, and while people talk about the PSG forwards, they wouldn’t get very far without the Brazilian, who will be a key part in winning the tie or even the Champions League, should they get that far into the competition this season, and finally do what their owners and fans want.

Presnel Kimpembe

A versatile player who can play at centre back and also left back, in a combined side, he would easily slot in at full back and be better than anything United have to offer. Blessed with buckets of pace and commanding with the ball, Kimpembe may only be 23 years old but he will be one of the biggest names in football for a long time to come. He could easily partner Silva at the back, and has done plenty of times for PSG, but going with four at the back and not three centre halves means two full backs are needed, and the Frenchman more than deserves his place in the side here.

Paul Pogba

He’s become a new player since the departure of Jose Mourinho. Pogba is currently on fire and is someone who any team would have in their midfield when he’s on current form. Goals and assists seem to come freely, and he’s playing exactly where he wants – on the left of the midfield trio. Pogba also has more freedom but is working much harder to boot. On his day, he can control the middle of the park, and he needs world class Champions League performances if he wants to fully win over all of his doubters this season.

Marco Verratti

Someone who most managers would love. Verratti is certainly one to put his foot in where it’s needed, but he’s also a great passer of the ball and can run the midfield. When PSG have been at their best this season, it’s Verratti who has been the star man. After they beat Liverpool during the second match up between the two sides in the group stages, Verratti won plenty of plaudits, and he would walk into a combined XI side here – in fact, he’d walk into most sides.

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Ander Herrera

He might not be a flashy name, but Herrera is someone who the fans and manager love – with good reason. He’s the manager’s voice on the field, and carries out the instructions, rallies the team and provides leadership. It’s not unusual to see him barking out orders after United have scored – and getting the players back into position. That’s invaluable and he’s one of the more underrated players in the United side. He does what needs to be done and allows other players to shine. A key aspect when you’ve got world class forwards and attacking midfielders in your team.

Anthony Martial

Another player who has found his form recently – sense a pattern? There almost certainly is, and United fans have long called for Martial to get more time on the field. He’s proven why of late, and even with the talent on show in the PSG forward ranks, Martial merits a place in the side. He can also interchange across the front three and is willing to work and win the ball back if the manager asks him to in key moments. A true talent and a player who gets fans off their seats – and who has an end product to match – a vital factor in a knockout tie. He’s only got one goal this season in the Champions League and will want to build on that.

Neymar

Obviously. The crown jewel and while he might not be everyone’s cup of tea diving and playacting at times, there’s no denying the talent Neymar has. He seems to be fed up with life in France at times, but everyone knows he moved there to lead PSG to the Champions League. He may have a real chance of it this season and will want to not only get on the scoresheet but be the catalyst for the whole tie. With five goals and two assists so far in the Champions League, he would be a huge miss for PSG if his injury issues rule him out. He’s a key part of any team, and while the likes of Marcus Rashford have been good of late, he’s not even in the same league as Neymar.

Kylian Mbappe  

What a player Mbappe is. It would be a shame not to see him in the Premier League one day, and the France World Cup winner has broken onto the scene in the last 18 months in a huge way. Not only did he shine for Monaco before his move to PSG and the World Cup win, but he’s shown no game is too big for him. Mbappe works hard but has infinite talent as well, and while Neymar assumed he’d be the big dog at PSG, it’s turned out quite differently as Mbappe has shone time and time again – and it won’t be any different in this tie.

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