Manchester City vs Manchester United combined XI: No place for Yaya Toure... or any United defenders

We select a starting XI based on performances so far this season

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Manchester City entertain Manchester United in the stand-out Premier League fixture of the weekend.

But heading into the match at the Etihad neither side is where they want to be right now.

A shock defeat at West Ham last Saturday has left Manuel Pellegrini's champions trailing league leaders Chelsea by what will feel like a very large six points.

Manchester United, the traditional power in the city, are further back still. Louis van Gaal's team trail Chelsea by 10 points and whilst their draw against Chelsea at the weekend was commendable for the manner in which the point was secured, it meant even more ground was lost and eighth place is where the Red Devils find themselves.

Whilst both teams have problems, there have also been positives for the Manchester clubs. Some players have shone and those players are included in our combined XI which is based upon the season so far.

In a 4-3-3 formation, after lengthy discussion we've picked a player from one of the two sides in each position that has warranted inclusion more than the other.

Does a single United defender get into the side? Which team has more representatives? Check out our combined XI below...


Do you agree with our combined XI? Let us known in the comments below.