Balague's best XI

Guillem Balague dons his manager's hat to pick a Real Madrid-Man United XI. Now you do the same.

Last Updated: 13/02/13 at 11:47

Balague's dream Real-United XI

Sky Sports' Spanish football expert Guillem Balague's recent column on 'The Perfect Match' drew the conclusion that there is precious little between Real Madrid and Manchester United heading into Wednesday night's mouth-watering Champions League clash at the Bernabeu.

A game that could not be more finely balanced has whetted the appetite of the watching globe, with any tactical duel that pits Jose Mourinho and Sir Alex Ferguson against each other always as intriguing as it is full-bloodied.

Balague rates Cristiano Ronaldo as 'better than any one player in the United ranks' but otherwise says there's not much between the rest of those available to Mourinho and Ferguson respectively.

With this in mind, we've charged one of Spain's most respected journalists with the task of selecting a best possible XI made up of players from both clubs.

Given the freedom of both dressing rooms Guillem favoured Madrid as he picked seven Real players to United's four, with an attacking line-up very much in the tradition of both clubs.

His front three isn't too shabby but if you think you can do better or have problems with any of our man's picks, fill in the feedback form below and we'll publish a selection of your best XIs.

With kick-off drawing ever closer in the Spanish capital, step into the dugout, don your favourite sheepskin and get picking your Real Madrid/Manchester United select XIs...

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