One of the Premier League’s greatest rivalries that goes beyond geographical proportions, both Manchester United and Arsenal have served up some absolute crackers in years gone by.
The consensus amongst both sets of fans here in the Football Transfer Tavern is that fixtures between the duo have somewhat gone soft on the field in recent encounters following Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement and the emergence of Chelsea and Manchester City, among other factors.
Finishing in both third and fourth place respectively last season, both teams will be looking to mount more of a title challenge next term with the arrivals of Memphis Depay and Petr Cech being arguably the two biggest signings of the summer so far.
That said, our resident Gooners and Red Devils fanatics crave some of the fireworks that adorned the fixture in years gone by such as Roy Keane versus Patrick Vieira, Martin Keown vs Ruud van Nistelrooy and Ian Wright vs Peter Schmeichel among other on-field rivalries.
With Louis van Gaal keeping out of the headlines regarding biting at other managers – Sam Allardyce aside – the fixture has lost some of its buzz but they are still hotly anticipated nonetheless.
At this moment, one Gooner pipes up and claims Danny Welbeck tried his best to reinstall some hostility to the fixture with his goal that knocked United out of the FA Cup last term and to be honest, we have to agree with him on this front.
However, we’re taking this moment to piece together the best combined eleven between both Arsenal and United’s better players. Do you agree with the selections?
Click on the image below to reveal the best Arsenal and Manchester United combined XI.