Stuart Pearce has selected a joint Manchester United and Manchester City XI, which clearly demonstrates why he is now unemployed.
Opting for a 4-2-3-1 formation, Pearce picks a number of players who are clearly not the best option in their position. In fact, it’s probably fair to say that he’s only managed to select four players who definitely deserve a role in the team.
Starting in goal, Joe Hart is a bewildering selection considering the form of David De Gea. Even worse is the decision to pick Antonio Valencia at right-back where he’s played dreadfully this season, despite having Pablo Zabaleta as an option.
Danny Blind is in at left-back, which is arguable but forgivable. Vincent Kompany still deserves his spot at centre-back even accounting for the fact that he’s playing badly, but Phil Jones is a surprising choice over his teammate Marcos Rojo.
Pearce has probably got the midfield right as he opts for Michael Carrick and Yaya Toure, yet he gets things wrong again as picks four United players in the attacking roles.
Juan Mata, Marouane Fellaini and Ashley Young are chosen behind Wayne Rooney. It’s hard to see how Pearce doesn’t see City’s David Silva and Sergio Aguero as better than a couple of them (or indeed all of them).
So there we have it. Concrete evidence as to why Stuart Pearce should never again be given a job in management.