Alli, Rooney and Son omitted: Best combined Tottenham and Manchester United XI
COMMENT By Dominic Toner
Dele Alli, Wayne Rooney and Heung-Min Son would be among the casualties of a starting line up comprised of the best Tottenham and Manchester United players.
Spurs travel to Old Trafford on Sunday for a Premier League meeting and both teams are trying to bridge the gap to the top four.
The north London club are currently fifth-placed and three points adrift, while United are sixth-placed and a concerning nine points behind fourth-placed Manchester City.
Spurs’ solid defence would form the basis of a combined XI, but they have lacked creativity in the final third this season.
Attackers Alli, Son and Christian Eriksen are yet to find any consistent form this season and would miss out.
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United captain Rooney is currently fighting for his place in the club’s starting XI and his form has dipped in recent season.
David De Gea would just get the nod over Hugo Lloris in goal, with the duo probably the most difficult selection to choose from.
The pair are certainly two of the best goalkeepers in the Premier League and the United man just gets the edge for his unbelievable shot stopping ability, but the number one is bound to be kept quiet behind an impressive defence.
Spurs full-backs Danny Rose and Kyle Walker would slot in to the team and offer great energy down the wings, with Luke Shaw and Antonio Valencia missing out.
Toby Alderweireld and Eric Bailly would be the best centre-back pairing, with the latter making a great impact since his summer arrival at Old Trafford and getting the nod ahead of Jan Vertonghen.
Paul Pogba and Mousa Dembele would form an explosive midfield who could rival any current side and the pair would offer a good balance.
Pogba has come under criticism for some of his performances this season for his lack of goals, but he has been dominant in possession and is still one of the best midfielders in world football.
Eric Dier, Michael Carrick, Victor Wanyama and Ander Herrera are some of the central midfielders who would miss out.
United pairing Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Juan Mata have got the edge in the wide areas for their creativity, something that has abandoned Spurs in recent weeks.
Mkhitaryan has overcome his shock omission at the start of his United career and is beginning to show the incredible from he showcased at Borussia Dortmund, while Mata has been a consistent performer in the Premier League for years and is seriously under-rated.
Kane and Ibrahimovic would form an unreliable front pairing, with a combined 22 goals scored between them already this season.