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Phil Babb's Combined Liverpool/Man Utd XI Is Absolutely Wild

Phil Babb's Combined Liverpool/Man Utd XI Is Absolutely Wild

There's nothing like a good 'Combined XI' to boil the piss of biased Premier League fans in the build-up to a big game.

Typically, all you need to do is get a former player - hated by the opposition if possible - and ask him to pick his team which will inevitably be lopsided in favour of his former employer, and boom, you're onto a winner.

This time, ahead of Manchester United's trip to Anfield on Saturday afternoon, Sky Sports have covered all bases by recruiting Ray Wilkins - once of Man Utd although he's nailed his colours to Chelsea - and Phil Babb - of Liverpool Spice Boy fame - to pick their combined XIs so that everyone can be happy.

While Wilkins went the predictable route and picked eight United players, including only Jordan Henderson, Philippe Coutinho, Sadio Mané, from Liverpool in his XI, Ireland international Phil Babb flipped the script somewhat.

Throwing conventional formations out the window, Babb did his absolute best to get as many attackers on the pitch as possible and named the following team.

David De Gea

Antonio Valencia
Chris Smalling
Phil Jones
Andrew Robertson

Nemanja Matic

Philippe Coutinho
Sadio Mané
Mohamed Salah
Marcus Rashford
Romelu Lukaku

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The tried and trusted 4-1-5 formation. This is how it may look in action:

combined man utd liverpool xi

Liverpool fans will be wondering how Chris Smalling has managed to make the team, but Babb is clearly a fan, Andrew Robertson is also an interesting selection considering his playing time in the league this season, but as neither squad as a first-choice left-back it's open to personal preferance.

Paul Pogba, Eric Bailly, and Joel Matip are the most notable omissions, but we have to say we enjoy Babb's style of completely disregarding the structural inegrity of an actual team.

Mikey Traynor

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