The Manchester Derby is here! It’s the headline fixture this season, and my word, there have been some incredible players to feature in the derby, here’s the greatest XI.
Peter Schmeichel – GK
Toss up between Schmeichel or Torino legend, Joe Hart. Dave Saves comes in behind the two, due to not contributing as much over the years. But, who could not pick the big Dane. Ferocious between the sticks, a presence no-one will ever replicate – not a weakness in the lad's game.
Everyone hates United. Everyone. They have more bandwagon fans than the world has people - yes I know that isn't possible. Their one argument in a football debate is related to their success, and most of the time you can't have a reasonable discussion with them about anything because of their arrogance. Yes, historically you are brilliant, but how about focusing in the here and now? Look towards the future, not the past. Mourinho and a parade of new transfers is the short-term answer, but Fergie isn't here anymore to save the day. Live with it.
Vincent Kompany – CB
People say, John Terry – captain, leader, legend. Well, those superlatives are far more in keeping with Kompany. The Belgian has been the captain driving the Man City ship to success, whilst being one of the best centre-backs in the Premier League. He’s been there from the start after Mark Hughes signed him, and when sadly side-lined, the Citizens miss him more than Aguero.
Rio Ferdinand – CB
Rio, Rio, Rio! The ultimate no-nonsense defender. Had everything in his locker, from pace, leadership, strength to a brilliant reader of the game. Shame he didn’t take these skills with him to punditry, how does the chap get the nod from all the top dogs??!!
Roy Keane – DM
Divides opinion, and all for fair reasons. The Irishman is absolutely terrifying and that challenge on Alf-Inge Haland was nothing short of disgusting. Still, the tenacious United captain was the perfect guard for any defence, with his ball-winning technique meaning he basically created another back four.
Cristiano Ronaldo – RM
Name says it all… next.
Yaya Toure – CM
We can’t help but feel sorry for the Ivorian this season. The big lad has been so instrumental in making City a genuine force throughout his tenure in Manchester. The big goals and impact the centre-midfield has had in England, has had many of us calling him world-class. Still think the Ivorian has something to offer Pep Guardiola's side.
Paul Scholes – CM
We’ve all heard the quote, ‘"Scholes, he could find my dad with a pass and I haven’t seen him for 15 years’". Also, capable of goals of the highest quality, such as that hit from a corner at Villa Park! And that strike against Barcelona at Old Trafford which put United into the Champions League Final. Highly rated by the likes of Xavi and Zidane, but personally, don’t think that gives him the automatic right to be so bloody grumpy on telly… cheer up, pal.
Ryan Giggs – LM
The guy floated on the green for 20 plus years. People criticise him for not ‘adapting’ his match-play as he went on, but we couldn’t disagree more. When Giggsy’s pace dropped, he changed his game to use his vision and brain to play in the middle of the park… and he was still effective. Posed a threat of an assist or goal in any game, it’s a shame the Welshman couldn’t replicate the success in the dug-out.
Segio Aguero – ST
How much will City miss the Argentine this weekend? Aguero is a world-class striker, his finishing ability, pace and strength gives him that extra edge on all defenders. A real joy to watch, and we should consider ourselves lucky in the Prem, that he hasn’t buggered off to Barca or Real Madrid. Pure quality.
Eric Cantona – ST
CLICKON’s favourite renegade. The football maverick turned Old Trafford on it’s head when the Frenchman arrived in Manchester. Thoroughly entertaining in more ways than one, and one hell of a striker… Oooh ahhh Cantona,
Oooh ahhh Cantona,
Oooh ahhh, oooh ahhh, oooh ahhh Cantona,