Liverpool v Manchester United Combined Greatest Xl: Who Makes The Cut?

Ahead of the FA Cup clash between the two North-West giants a look the greatest team made up of players from both sides. Now where is that tin hat?
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Ahead of the FA Cup clash between the two North-West giants a look the greatest team made up of players from both sides. Now where is that tin hat?

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Liverpool v Manchester United Combined Greatest Xl: Who Makes The Cut?

The following Xl won't be everyone's choice, and we look forward to moderating your hateful, insane and profane comments. The team has been selected in a 3-4-1-2 formation and balance has been take into account...

Gk: Peter Schmeichel
Liverpool supporters might go off their nut calling for Ray Clemence, but despite Big Clem’s longevity and excellence, Schmeichel just shades it for his athleticism and distribution

CB: Nemanja Vidic
One of only three current players to make the team, he gets in ahead of Emelyn Hughes, Bill Foulkes et al for one simple reason and that is Manchester United find it impossible to replace him. Probably only had two bad games in his Premier League career.

CB: Alan Hansen
He gets on everyone’s nerves on MOTD but Hansen was a magnificent defender at Liverpool. A better passer of the ball than Ferdinand and much calmer in possession, he’d stride from defence in this team and act as an extra man, creating space for the creatives to roam

CB: Tommy Smith
Picture the scene, Hansen loses one on the edge of the team’s final third and the opposing strikers senses glory. Then he sees Smith and Vidic bearing down, cacks himself and falls over. Wasn’t known as the Anfield Iron for nothing.

Brave, beautiful, two-footed, tackled like a centre-half and had Miss World’s drop their knickers at the mere mention of his name. Heroic.

RM: Steven Gerrard
As mentioned above, this is not just a list of 11 great players, but a team based on balance. Ronaldo would make the list if it was the former, but, as good as the Portuguese is, he’s no George Best, and you can’t have two preening ball-hogs in a team with no full-backs. Gerrard would be asked to patrol the right flank on his own and provide an outlet for the passing of the two central midfielders.

CM: Paul Scholes
What more can be said about Scholes that hasn’t already been said? Zidane and Davids both called him the best, Xavi puts him on a pedestal  and he’s looked a class above United’s other midfielders since his return. The best English player of his generation.

CM: Graeme Souness
Gets the nod over Roy Keane for a number of reasons. A better footballer than the Irishman, he was part of a Liverpool team that won three European Cups and, despite a propensity for violence, was a bit cuter than Keane and less likely to get sent off/beat up Hansen/eat his own finger.

LM: George Best
Brave, beautiful, two-footed, tackled like a centre-half and had Miss World’s drop their knickers at the mere mention of his name. Heroic.

AM: Bobby Charlton
Terrible barnet, great player. Hit it like a rocket with both feet, played with the straightest back of any player in history and would be the second name on any Manchester United team sheet from any era.

CF: Kenny Dalglish
Gets in ahead of Cantona not only for being a better footballer, but because he maintained his level of performance to the very end and did it in Europe. Cantona was, of course, fantastic and the catalyst for Manchester United’s rebirth as England’s pre-eminent club, but he’s not their greatest ever player. Dalglish is that and more, to many he is the club, and that’s why he wins the battle of the two Kings.

ST: Dennis Law
Narrowly beats Rush for having a better goals to games ratio and because he would be able to understand what Dalglish was mumbling to him from behind. An arch-poacher with a tremendous hairstyle.

Manager: Bill Shankly and Matt Busby.
Together, as equals, possibly holding hands.

Subs

Ryan Giggs, Roy Keane, Ian Rush, Ronaldo, Roger Hunt, Robbie Fowler

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