Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur Combined XI

Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspurs Combined XI
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Another Big Six clash so early this season, but the first for both teams as Tottenham make the journey up north to Old Trafford for Monday night's big game. Both teams are brimming with class, which was shown so clearly by the number of players out on international duty at the World Cup. The majority of which were playing for either England or Belgium (eight and five players respectively). Both teams have a World Cup winner in their side with club captain, Hugo Lloris and acting captain, Paul Pogba both likely to start the match. Both have some world class players at their disposal and teams that are comfortable playing in a 3-5-2 formation:

GOALKEEPER: David de Gea
He may not have had the best World Cup but he is without doubt the best in the world and deserves his place in this lineup. 

CENTRE BACKS: Toby Alderwiereld, Eric Bailly, Jan Vertonghen
Two of which could have been playing together at Old Trafford...
Bailly had a poor game against Brighton but is the club's best centre back and has done enough to be selected ahead of Davinson Sanchez, who is a good talent and a sturdy defender. Alderwiereld and Vertonghen are excellent centre backs and bordering world class ability and have the ability to play from the back and send long searching balls for Alli and Kane's runs. 

WINGBACKS: Kieran Trippier and Luke Shaw
Trippier had an excellent summer and picked up from where he left off with a stunning freekick against Fulham and will be a dangerous player against United on Monday. Luke Shaw must have felt distraught not to be in the England squad and looks the business so far this season, he gets the nod over Danny Rose or Ben Davies as they are probably Tottenham's weak link in the squad. 

MIDFIELD THREE: Nemanja Matic, Christian Eriksen and Paul Pogba
Dele Alli is a good player and makes very intelligent runs but Pogba is the complete midfielder on his day and can control a game alongside Christian Eriksen in a more advanced position. Matic would hold the fort as an anchor, breaking up plays and starting chances from a deep position. A midfield three that compliments eachother nicely. 

STRIKERS: Romelu Lukaku and Harry Kane
While Lukaku is a natural target man, Kane has had to adopt more into a deeper centre-forward to allow faster players like Alli and Son for Spurs and Sterling and Lingard for the Three Lions. Both compliment eachother has Lukaku has the raw pace that Kane lacks and Kane has far superior vision to the Belgian forward, who is more likely to make the runs past Kane and play through the channels. Last season, Lukaku and Kane had a combined tally of 68 goals in all competitions (27 and 41 respectively) which is the same number as United scored all of last season!

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