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Former Red runs through the best team from the two squads ahead of the big game at Anfield on Saturday, picking five starters from his former club and six from Sir Alex's club

By Greg Stobart | Northern Correspondent 

Liverpool legend Steven McManaman is expecting a red hot atmosphere when his former club host Manchester United at Anfield on Saturday.

McManaman spent nine years playing for Liverpool in the 1990s and knows all about the bitterness of the clash between the two rivals.

Ahead of the biggest game in the Premier League calendar, McManaman has given his thoughts on how a combined XI from the Liverpool and Manchester United squads might look...



Pepe Reina
It shows just how strong the goalkeepers are in Spain that Pepe Reina can't get a look in despite his consistently excellent performances for Liverpool. He's very calm, he hardly ever makes mistakes, he's a top shot-stopper and his distribution is excellent. There is no better keeper in the Premier League.

Martin Kelly

Jamie Carragher

Nemanja Vidic
Man Utd

Patrice Evra
Man Utd

I've been really impressed by Martin Kelly since he came through and he is a future England right-back. He is a big lad but he's very light on his feet, a modern full-back who defends first but gets forward when he can.

You need players who have done it all and know what this game means to the fans and Jamie Carragher will never let anyone down and he raises his game on the big occasion to lead the defence.

Nemanja Vidic
has a similar influence to Carragher in some ways - he is United's captain and leader. When he plays, they look so much more solid at the back. He's got everything you want in a defender and he's always there to make a last-ditch block or to put his head where it hurts.

Patrice Evra
has had a few iffy moments this season but he's still established himself as 'Mr Reliable' for United. He's almost become an unsung hero because you take for granted that he will produce a solid performance every week.

Man Utd

Steven Gerrard

Ryan Giggs
Man Utd

Ashley Young
Man Utd

Nani may not be Cristiano Ronaldo but he has the skill and ability on the ball to rip apart any defence in the country. He's obviously a brilliant dribbler and that makes him a threat on the counterattack, but he's developed his game to cause damage when teams defend deep and try to stifle him.

It's great to see Steven Gerrard back in action after a difficult time of late with injuries. I think some people are forgetting just how good he is and his importance to Liverpool. He's been a talismanic captain, driving force and a goalscorer year after year. He can still turn a game on his own.

Ryan Giggs is nearing the end of his sensational career but I still love to watch him play. He's changed his role and is used sparingly now by his manager – but the way he understands the game is outstanding. He can sit in midfield and pick passes all day.

Ashley Young is a player Liverpool wanted to sign and I wish they had. He's shown for England and United this season what he is capable of when surrounded by better players. His composure in the final third is particularly impressive and gets him the nod ahead of Stewart Downing.

Wayne Rooney
Man Utd

Luis Suarez

Wayne Rooney has already got nine goals this season and had plenty more assists. That tells you all you need to know about Rooney's form. He's really developed in that role in the hole and has a maturity to his game.

Luis Suarez is already a star at Anfield. He was outstanding in the win against United last season because they couldn't handle his movement and skill. He would get into any Premier League side at the moment.

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