Technically speaking, Chelsea vs Manchester United is not a regular Premier League derby clash, as the two teams are set in different cities and do not have any historical rivalry. However, these facts don’t matter as soon as the two teams enter a Premier League face-off, which is now even more intense given United manager Jose Mourinho‘s history with Chelsea. On that note, we look at a fascinating Chelsea vs Manchester combined XI line-up.
Manchester United and Chelsea have accounted to 10 Premier League titles from the 13 seasons since Mourinho first stepped into Premier League. During that time, we have seen Mourinho switch his alliance from Chelsea to Manchester United and currently, there are 3 former Chelsea players plying their trade in the red of Man United.
Chelsea are set to welcome Manchester United over the weekend as yet another feisty match-up awaits between the two sides as Jose Mourinho will once again be at the center of the limelight as he makes his much-awaited return to the Stamford Bridge.
Ahead of the anticipated fixture, we take a look at the best possible Chelsea vs Manchester United Combined XI from the players available as both teams who will be looking to secure a top-4 place in Premier League this season.
Chelsea v Manchester United: Combined XI
Goalkeeper – David De Gea (Man United)
It will be a battle of two of the finest goalkeepers in the Premier League, however, David De Gea gets our nod having secured 15 clean sheets as compared to 14 clean sheets from Chelsea’s Thibaut Courtois.
Right-back – Antonio Valencia (Man United)
Antonio Valencia fended off a rather meager competition from Victor Moses to find a place in our Chelsea vs Manchester United Combined XI given his more assured defensive abilities. Both Moses and Valencia love going forward but given Moses’ edgy defensive history and inconsistent form this season, we have gone with Valencia in our combined XI.
Central Defenders – Cesar Azpilicueta and Eric Bailly
Man United fans are rejoiced by the return of Eric Bailly who will certainly improve United’s dodgy defense in recent weeks. Chelsea’s solid defense had a strong case of more than 1 central defender to be part of our combined XI, however, we have gone with Chelsea’s skipper Cesar Azpilicueta who is one of the most versatile players in the Premier League.
Left-back – Marcos Alonso (Chelsea)
There is hardly any debate over Chelsea’s Marcos Alonso’s place in our Chelsea vs Manchester United combined XI as he has enjoyed a very successful season on the back of Chelsea’s title-winning campaign from last season. Alonso’s ability to assist and score goals makes him a direct threat to any opposition and his direct free kicks have become potent in recent weeks.
Defensive Midfielder – N’Golo Kante (Chelsea)
N’Golo Kante has scored in both of his encounters against Manchester United in a Chelsea shirt and is by far the better defensive midfielder from the two squads despite some of the raised eyebrows from Man United fans over Nemanja Matic.
Central Midfielders – Cesc Fabregas and Paul Pogba
With Kante sitting behind, the creative forces in this combined XI will come from Cesc Fabregas and Paul Pogba who can create chances out of nothing which has seen Pogba lay 9 assists in the Premier League while Fabregas has created most number of chances in Champions League this season.
Right Wing – Alexis Sanchez (Man United)
Manchester United brought Alexis Sanchez to dominate games like these and Jose Mourinho would hope to see Alexis Sanchez have a huge say in the game against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. Alexis is yet to taste a win in Premier League for his new side and it will be the ideal game to start that run.
Left Wing – Eden Hazard (Chelsea)
On form, the best player from both the teams is Eden Hazard whos is begining to take rapid strides and become one of the best players in Premier League and in Europe as well. Hazard was bright against Barcelona and would hope to better his performance against Man United as he will have more of the ball in this game as compared to his outing against Barca.
Striker – Romelu Lukaku (Man United)
Chelsea fans won’t like it but do we care? Romelu Lukaku has scored 21 goals in all competitions this seasons and is enjoying a better campaign that Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud and rightly finds his place in our Chelsea vs Manchester United combined XI.