Man Utd and Liverpool combined team from Martin Keown is bad news for Solskjaer | Football | Sport


Manchester United face Liverpool on Sunday (4.30pm), and Martin Keown has revealed that only one Red Devils star makes it into his combined XI.

Based on the players that are available to both managers, just Harry Maguire makes it into Keown’s combined XI.

The Arsenal legend praised Jurgen Klopp for building a strong Liverpool team.

Eight of the players in his combined XI were signed, or brought through the ranks, by Klopp.

Alisson was preferred in goal to United’s Sergio Romero, with David De Gea picking up an injury during the international break.

Trent Alexander-Arnold made it into Keown’s team at the expense of recently signed Aaron Wan-Bissaka, with Andrew Robertson completing the full-back combination.

United’s Maguire partners Virgil van Dijk at centre-back, with holding midfielder Fabinho sat just ahead of them.

There’s no place for any available Red Devils midfielders or forwards, with Paul Pogba unlikely to make Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s plans due to injury.

Scott McTominay and Fred miss out, with Georginio Wijnaldum and Jordan Henderson preferred in midfield.

The front three were all made up by Liverpool stars, with Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial not selected by Keown.

“This was once billed as a meeting between two of England’s most elite teams, a titanic clash of talent, but times have changed,” Keown wrote for the Daily Mail.

“One team heads into this weekend sitting eight points clear of Manchester City, one of the best Premier League teams we’ve ever seen.

“The other will walk out at Old Trafford sitting mid-table, having fallen from glory at an alarming rate.

“Of the United players available on Sunday, only Harry Maguire makes my combined XI.”

Manchester United currently sit 12th in the Premier League table, and have made their worst start to a league campaign since 1991.

They’ve won just two of their eight league matches this season, and have most recently picked up one point from their previous three matches.

Liverpool, meanwhile, are eight points clear at the top of the table, and have already created some breathing room from Manchester City.

A win for the Reds will see them equal City’s record of 18-straight Premier League wins in a row.



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