Who: Manchester United vs Liverpool
When: Sunday, October 20th @ 11:30am ET
Line: Manchester United +340 | Draw +310 | Liverpool -137
Editor’s Note: Paul Pogba has been ruled out of the Sunday clash. So replace him with Jordan Henderson. And there you have 11 Liverpool players among the starting 11. Uffda.
In drafting the preview post (coming soon!), I was looking at the rosters and thought: “Wait, would one single Manchester United player break into a combined starting XI?”
The answer is yes. One would. Just one. Only one. And now he’s injured. So scratch him from the graphic below and replace him with any Liverpool midfielder, Naby Keita included. Yep, we went there.
Manchester United vs Liverpool Combined Starting XI
Assuming Paul Pogba is fit and ready to play, he’s the only Man U member who cracks a combined starting XI. (And admittedly, seeing him alongside Liverpool’s best–that looks good! Can we buy him?)
Alisson is reportedly likely back from injury this match as well. If so, the reigning Golden Glove winner gets the nod over David de Gea. But even if Alisson wasn’t back–is de Gea over Adrian an automatic call? Scott McTominay gives a crap. He’s playing well. But he has some stinkers in him (see: Wolves, Newcastle). Would you take him over Fabinho? Very few would.
To be fair, Aaron Wan-Bissaka would make almost any combined starting XI. Unfortunately he isn’t above Trent Alexander-Arnold.
United have problems. While Ole Gunnar Solskjaer maybe isn’t an elite manager, he wasn’t handed an elite roster. The reality is United lack quality all over the pitch. Fred isn’t cutting it.
Looking at this combined XI, United building a title contender seems a lot longer than 2-3 years away.