Ray Parlor and Trevor Sinclair faced off when talkSPORT pundits were tasked with picking their combined Liverpool vs Manchester United squads ahead of this weekend’s showdown.
And there are difficult calls that can get supporters talking …
Fit United travel to Anfield on Sunday in a highly anticipated clash that could have a huge say in the Premier League title race this season.
Liverpool are undefeated in 67 home league games, but the end of that superb unbeaten streak will see the Red Devils climb six points ahead of the reigning champions at the top of the table.
The campaign has been eventful for both clubs, with Liverpool going from shoo-ins to reclaim their crown to catching up with rivals after a drop in form.
United, meanwhile, have seen manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer survive calls for him to be sacked to guide his side to the top of the Premier League.
It makes a stark comparison to that time last year, where United traveled to Anfield and fell 30 points behind future champions.
We all love a fantastic XI, and they cause endless feuds between supporters, whose players are better than their rivals.
And it looks like the pundits are no different, as Parlor and Sinclair had very different views when asked to choose their combined teams, based on current form and physical fitness.
Take a look at their choices below!
Parlor: “It’s very delicate. It must be Alisson in the goal. David de Gea played better, but Alisson has to be in goal and I think even Man United fans would be okay with that.
“In defense, I play Trent Alexander-Arnold, although Aaron Wan-Bissaka is in good shape. I also went with the Liverpool full-backs with Andy Robertson. Trent is a little out of form, but he’s still a real danger from set pieces and he delivers really good deliveries from wide areas – that’s why he gets my approval.
Sinclair: “I don’t agree with that. I went with Wan-Bissaka on Trent in the right back. Wan-Bissaka has been very good, he is obviously very good in individual situations and in the future he starts to improve. He’s had a better season than Trent, who was injured, his form wasn’t great and had indifferent games. For this unique, fit match, I would put Wan-Bissaka in there.
Parlor: “I’m going to Harry Maguire at center-back, he’s played more or less every minute, he’s the captain at the back and he’s better, he’s a good defender.
Sinclair: “I agree. It’s hard to choose who would be on his side, but I think Eric Bailly has done exceptionally well since returning to the United squad. With what’s going on with Liverpool and their defensive partnership , I’m leaving with Bailly.
Parlor: “I’m actually going to go with Fabinho. I think he got into that position and I know he’s not a center half but he looks so cool, he reads the game really well, he’s good on the ball and I think he is. ‘he would really compliment Maguire if they played. together.”
Sinclair: “In the midfield, I went with Thiago Alcantara. I think he’s top class and when he played for Liverpool he showed decent form – you can tell he’s an elite player. I put Paul Pogba in there because of his recent performances, we all know he has great ability and he’s a world class player. And then of course Bruno Fernandes who was exceptional.
Parlor: “I have Jordan Henderson instead of Pogba. In his day, Pogba is a better player and can bring more to the team, but in terms of consistency I would go with Henderson. You know exactly what you’re going to get from Henderson, he has leadership qualities in the midfield and he’s guaranteed a seven or eight out of ten in every game. I think he deserves to be in there, so I’ll go with Henderson, Thiago and Fernandes.
“Up front I went Salah, Mane and, even though he played out of position, Rashford. I think if you give him a chance up front with these guys behind he will score goals for you. I think he would be fatal on this team.
Sinclair: “I think the same. Martial isn’t doing enough for me, I think Cavani has been brilliant but he’s better off the bench as an impact player, Firmino hasn’t been as good as he’s been for the last couple of years, and Jota isn’t lucky not to get a scream in there, too.
Ray Parlor’s Liverpool vs Man United combined XI:
Liverpool vs Man United’s Trevor Sinclair XI combined: