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Manchester United host Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday afternoon in what could be described as a must-win game for both teams.

The Red Devils haven’t been able to turn their dominance into results of late as they’ve drawn their last three on the bounce in the Premier League and have won just once in eight.

Following last week’s setback against Everton, Jose Mourinho’s side go into the game at Old Trafford nine points off the top four and six behind the North London outfit.

Speaking of whom, Spurs are in need of a victory just to keep in touch with the teams ahead of them and to maintain their recent up turn in form.

So who would make it into a combined XI on form and fitness?

Hugo Lloris (Tottenham Hotspur)

Hugo Lloris (Tottenham Hotspur)

 

Both sides are blessed to have, arguably, the best two goalkeepers in the country. However, Lloris edges out David De Gea based on his brilliant form in between the sticks for Spurs this season.

Kyle Walker (Tottenham Hotspur)

Kyle Walker


The England international has improved massively since the arrival of Mauricio Pochettino and is certainly one of the best right-backs in England’s top flight.

Phil Jones (Manchester United)

 

It would have been difficult to see how Jones would fit into Mourinho’s United team a few months ago. However, injuries to Chris Smalling and Eric Bailly opened the door and he’s taken the opportunity with both hands.

Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham Hotspur)

Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham Hotspur)


Without Toby Alderweireld in recent weeks, Vertonghen has become Spurs’ most senior defender and has performed well to ensure the North London club still possess the best defensive record in the division.

Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur)

Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur)

 

There aren’t many better left-backs in the division than Rose. With Luke Shaw struggling to get into the United side at the moment, the Spurs star gets in without too much competition.

Victor Wanyama (Tottenham Hotspur)

Aleksandar Kolarov (Manchester City)


Easily Tottenham’s best performing summer signing. No other Spurs player has won more tackles than the midfielder and he provides an important barrier in front of the back four.

Ander Herrera (Manchester United)

Ander Herrera (Manchester United)

 

The Spaniard is one of United’s unsung heroes, and does a lot of the dirty work in midfield to allow the likes of Juan Mata, Paul Pogba and company to flourish in attack. He can also dictate the tempo of a game if needed.

Paul Pogba (Manchester United)

Fernandinho (Manchester City)

 

No United player has created more chances, attempted more passes or completed more take-ons in the Premier League than the world’s most expensive footballer. Despite the results, Pogba has been in good form for the Red Devils this season and would flourish in this midfield trio.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan (Manchester United)

Henrikh Mkhitaryan (Manchester United)

 

Finally! After months on the sidelines, the Armenian international has forced his way into Mourinho’s plans and United look a much better team going forward. Mkhitaryan is in fine form at the moment and opened his account with a wonderful solo effort against Zorya in the Europa League on Thursday.

Christian Eriksen (Tottenham Hotspur)

Christian Eriksen (Tottenham Hotspur)

 

The talented Danish international made a slow start to the season but has come alive of late. He struck his first Premier League goal of the campaign against Chelsea and followed that up with a brace, as well as an assist, against Swansea City last Saturday.

Zlatan Ibrahimović (Manchester United)

 

Just like in the goalkeeping department, both sides possess an in-form striker. It’s United’s superstar Swede that gets the nod for the lone striking role, though, with four goals in his last three league appearances - as well as finding the net against Zorya.

Written by Tashan Deniran-Alleyne at Squawka.