Former Liverpool and Manchester United star and English striker Michael Owen has picked his best possible combined XI from both the club ahead of the big clash on Saturday.
Manchester United host Liverpool for a crucial Premier League game week 4 match at Old Trafford on Saturday, 12th September. It is the biggest rivalry in England and one of the fiercest in the world.
Both United and Liverpool does not feature among the top 4 in the league table after the first four matches. Manchester United are in the fifth position and the Reds are in the seventh position with same points.
Michael Owen who started his career at Liverpool and ended at United chose a best possible combined XI from both the sides. He picked 8 United players and just three Liverpool players in his team.
Owen’s lineup is given graphically:
Regarding his team selection Owen opined: “Having played for both teams I know this is going to upset quite a few people.
“But Manchester United are slightly ahead of Liverpool in terms of quality at present.”
Michael Owen picked David De Gea in goal, saying the Spaniard was now “one of the top few in the world”.
The former striker explained his decision to include Smalling: “He’s big, he’s strong, he’s quick, and those three alone make it very hard for anybody to play against.”
Regarding Coutinho’s inclusion, Owen added: “I would put Coutinho on the right of the three behind the striker. He’s developed into one of the best players in that type of position, behind the centre-forwards, liking to come in off the flanks or stay in that position.
“He’s a world-class player, Liverpool’s best, arguably.”