Neville and Carra name stars of the season

Sky Sports pundits Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher have both named their best Premier League XIs of the season so far.

Last Updated: 24/12/13 at 15:14 Post Comment

In the final Monday Night Football of 2013, Neville and Carragher both settled on the same 4-3-3 formation, with seven players making both experts' line-ups.

Everton's impressive goal-scoring right-back Seamus Coleman was given the nod by both pundits, while Southampton's summer signing Dejan Lovren made the cut at centre-half.

Ahead of them Aaron Ramsey and Yaya Toure slotted into midfield in both Neville and Carragher's selections, with free-scoring Luis Suarez, Wayne Rooney and Sergio Aguero forming a deadly frontline.

That left a goalkeeper, a centre-back, a left-back and a midfielder to complete the team sheet - and this is where Neville and Carragher got into some heated debate!

See who they went for and why by watching the video above...

The pair also selected their stand-out performers and moments from the 2013/14 campaign to date...

Player of the season so far

Jamie: Luis Suarez. This was the easiest one to choose. He's been the stand-out player. He's top scorer (with 19 in 12) but let's not forget he missed the first five games for being a naughty boy. Imagine if he'd played in those games as well.

Gary: I agree and picked Suarez, too. You have to say his performances in the last month have gone up a level again. If I was looking at him and his completeness as a player, the goal he set up for Raheem Sterling on Saturday was brilliant. He's scored so many sensational goals. We see sometimes with a player where everything goes for him, every time he strikes the ball it goes in the back of the net and Suarez is having one of those seasons.

Goal of the season so far

Jamie: Pajtim Kasami. We were talking about the Marco van Basten goal and Martin Jol came on after the game and said Kasami's was better. That's debatable but for me that's definitely the stand-out goal.

Gary: I've gone for Kasami's strike, too. They were 1-0 down at the time but this came out of nowhere. The control, the hit was absolutely spectacular. It was sensational.

Signing of the season so far

Jamie: Alvaro Negredo. He's come in and made a major impact. Also, the price he cost, we're not talking about a £30m player, he was £16m, £17m and someone who we weren't quite sure about and hadn't seen enough of. But he's been a revelation.

Edin Dzeko was initially starting this season for City but Negredo's moved him out of the way. To see him and Aguero in tandem, they're one of the best partnerships in the league but also in Europe.

Gary: I thought about Gareth Barry and what he's done this season at Everton and, in terms of loan signings, Romelu Lukaku and what he's done at Everton, but I've gone for a player I'm in impressed with - and I don't see many centre-backs I'm impressed with - and that's Lovren at Southampton.

Up until Sunday they had the best defensive record and for me he's the one I've been most impressed with over the whole of the start of the season. He's been absolutely brilliant the way he's marshalled that back four. We talk about players needing time to settle in but he's hit the ground running.

Young player of the season so far

Jamie: Ross Barkley. Never mind young player, he's been one of the players of the season. He can play off the front but last week at Hull he played a holding midfield role.

I link it back to Wayne Rooney and Steven Gerrard - when someone bursts on the scene with the power and the shoulders he has; he doesn't look like a young player with that physique on him. But it's also his understanding of the game. He's got goals, he's getting assists and he's in an important position.

Gary: It was difficult between Barkley, Luke Shaw and Adnan Januzaj but I've gone for Januzaj. My view on this kid is he will become absolutely one of the best in the world, he will be top notch.

This is his first taste of Premier League football and what he's doing, in a team that haven't been playing well, is looking nothing short of sensational. I think he'll be one of the best players in the world in the next five years.

Performance of the season so far

Jamie: The two stand-out ones were Man City's 4-1 win at home to United and Liverpool 5-0 away to Tottenham. The reason I just went for Liverpool because going into that game you'd have said Spurs were slight favourites and Liverpool were away from home.

They were both great performances but getting five goals away from home with your captain missing from the game was very impressive from Liverpool.

Gary: I've gone for City's 4-1 win over United because I thought it was the best Premier League performance - with power, strength, class - that I've seen for two or three years. It really was outstanding and I thought they blew them away. For me that was the stand-out performance of the season so far.

Manager of the season so far

Jamie: I've gone for Roberto Martinez. After what David Moyes did for Everton I actually thought they'd drop off and be eighth, ninth or 10th this season. But he's not just kept the performances up there and the results, it's the way they've gone about it.

There's been a change in philosophy with the way they go about things. You can see that with Seamus Coleman getting four goals from right-back. These are things he's brought to them and I think they've gone on to another level now in terms of how they play and how they go about things.

Whether they get into the top four who knows, but up until now they've had a great season and great credit to Roberto Martinez.

Gary: I've gone for Brendan Rodgers. If you'd said to me he'd get Liverpool to the top of the league on Christmas Day at the start of the season I'd have said 'no chance'. I didn't think they were good enough. They were seventh last year so to do that is a tremendous achievement.

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