The Manchester Derby is one of the fiercest head-to-heads of the season, with neither side wanted to slip up.
It’s one of the biggest rivalries on the planet as the blue and red sides of the city lock horns.
But which team has the best players? We’re never going to be able to settle that one. What we can do is unveil the best XI players from both sides based on this season’s performance statistics.
We’ve used these figures to reveal who gets the nod in each position. And as ever, the results might raise a few eyebrows….
GK: David de Gea
De Gea has been the best goalkeeper in the league over the last few seasons and has made 2.44 saves per game in the Premier League. That is ahead of City ‘keeper Joe Hart who has only averaged 2.04 saves per game. His 10 clean sheets is less than Hart’s league-leading 13, but he did miss the first four games of the season when Sergio Romero picked up three blanks.
RB: Matteo Darmian
The summer signing from Torino has performed impressively and deserves a place in this team. United have conceded just 27 goals all season (second to Spurs’ 24) and Darmian has been more of a factor at the back than going forward. This is illustrated by his 58 tackles won, the fourth best figure in the Premier League and he will be busy on Sunday against City.
CB: Chris Smalling
United’s defence has been one of the bright points this season and the performance of this Englishman have seen his stock rise to a level where he should be starting for England this summer at the Euros. Smalling is a colossus at the back and has a whopping 71 interceptions, which is an excellent statistic to measure the effectiveness of centre backs on daily fantasy football. His 36 tackles isn’t too shabby either.
CB: Daley Blind
Vincent Kompany would be here, but his constant injury problems mean one of Louis van Gaal’s most trusted lieutenant’s fills in. Blind is a true all-rounder and has played in a number of different positions in the United team since arriving in summer 2014. As a centre back, Blind has notched up an impressive 51 tackles this season and is often moved around the team by van Gaal – something that is of huge benefit to fantasy players.
LB: Aleksandar Kolarov
The best point scoring defender on daily fantasy football by virtue of the fact he never stops attacking. Whilst his assists aren’t high, Kolarov often takes set pieces and slams in crosses with unerring regularity. His 34 key passes is only behind Alberto Moreno and he is also in second place among defenders for total shots (32).
Goes about his business quietly in front of the defence and is the natural choice in a combined XI. Fernandinho has made 62 tackles this season (2.38 per game) and that is complemented by 44 interceptions, two statistics that make him the archetypal ball-winning midfielder needed to balance this line-up.
CDM: Yaya Toure
His mind is often elsewhere, but Yaya has four career goals against the Red Devils and he is a fantasy football gem due to his desire to shoot at every opportunity. Toure’s 72 shots this season is joint fifth in the Premier League among midfielders and he also takes free kicks. Recent performances mean his price is uncharacteristically low and United’s injury problems point to this being the week to pick the hulking Ivorian.
LM: David Silva
He makes City tick and the absence of Kevin de Bruyne doesn’t even matter with this little magician putting on a show. Silva has 10 assists in the Premier League after only 21 games in an injury shortened season and would walk into any side in the division. If Manuel Pellegrini had been able to call on Silva, de Bruyne and Sergio Agüero for the whole season we’d be talking about them as title winners, not mere pretenders.
CAM: Juan Mata
Playing in his favoured number 10 role, there’s few more effective than the former Chelsea midfielder. He is United’s most creative player with 37 key passes and even though that has only translated into three assists, he has been played in a range of positions by van Gaal, some of which he is not comfortable in.
RM: Anthony Martial
The youngster has not been spooked by his huge price tag and has been United’s most potent attacking threat this season. Comfortable playing wide or as a centre forward, Martial is United’s joint top scorer in the Premier League with seven goals and has also contributed three assists in a United side that has struggled for goals at time. A nice little bonus is the 45 fouls drawn that he has totted up.
CF: Sergio Aguero
There is no striker in either team or perhaps in the entire league that is more lethal than Agüero when he is in the mood. In just 22 Premier League games, the Argentine has 16 goals and is gaining on Harry Kane and Jamie Vardy at the top of the scoring charts (both have 19 goals). He also averages 4.09 shots per game and only two players can boast a better total than that (Philippe Coutinho and Harry Kane).
This post was written by Fantasy iTeam