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Worst Manchester United XI
Sticking to when football began in 1992 (sorry Ralph Milne and Peter Davenport) here’s my take on Manchester United’s worst XI.
GK: Massimo Taibi
RB: Phil Jones
LB: Alex Buttner
CB: William Prunier
CB: Tyler Blackett
RM: Gabriel Obertan
LM: Alexis Sanchez
CM: Eric Djemba-Djemba
CM: Tom Cleverley
ST: David Bellion
Manager: David Moyes
Mike, Burgess Hill
Worst Liverpool XI
My rules are that it must consist of players I have had to seen play, rather than horror stories passed down through generation(s) (you got lucky Torben Piechnick). This means Houllier onwards. I have also gone for first-team players only, not youth players with unfulfilled promise at the club, which excludes the likes of Le Tallec, Paletta etc.
Paul Konchesky (c)
Conclusion. Liverpool are very very blessed right now.
An alternative Norn Iron XI
I just wanted to submit my Northern Irish Premier league 11 – 3 5 1 1 formation
Maik Taylor – born in Germany on a British army base so could have played for any of the home nations (I believe that loop hole is now closed) and probably would have got a few caps for England but I’m glad we had him. Solid as a rock
Jonny Evans – very underrated when at Utd and has proven to be a bargain for West Brom and Leicester
Aaron Hughes – I’m biased but I always thought he was unlucky that Hangeland always seemed to get all the attention but he was a consistent performer for nearly 20 years at the top level.
Gareth McCauley – a colossus in both penalty areas
Keith Gillespie – I think he never made the most of his talent and is maybe best known for being knocked out by Alan Shearer but he had all the talent in the world but like many a Northern Irishman before him he liked the drink and the gambling too much
Damian Johnson – there was a rumour Sven tried to call him up for England having assumed he was English but I’m glad he was ours. An absolute tiger in the engine room.
Jim Magilton – a little bit of guile and grit mixed together. A great passer of the ball but also willing to do the hard work as well.
Chris Baird – a very versatile player but in my opinion was best as a holding midfielder. Not many are getting past this midfield.
Chris Brunt – I think he underwhelmed on the international scene but was very unfortunate to miss out on Euro 2016 and was a great player in the Premier League for a long time and of course had that wand of a left foot.
Michael Hughes – my favourite player growing up. Going to have to provide the creativity in this side and he has a great knack of scoring important goals
Iain Dowie – your stereotypical big man up front. Won’t give the defence a minute and will get on the end of Brunty and Gillespies crosses.
Honourable mentions : Roy Carroll, Gerry Taggart, Steve Lomas and Neil Lennon.
I earlier sent in my northern Irish Premier league 11 and somehow left out Steve Davis. I’m obviously a knobber and my opinion should not count for anything but he should replace Jim Magilton in my team.
How did you forget?
Really enjoying the national Premier League XIs feature, but as a Northern Irishman I have to take issue with a rather glaring exception from our selection.
Criminally underrated throughout this whole career – a superbly dependable performer at either full back position or as a centre half. Incredible longevity over 450 Premier League appearances including time as part of the Kevin Keegan’s Newcastle entertainers and Fulham’s remarkable Europa league run. 112 Northern Ireland caps, many as captain, over a span of 20 years. A key player in the famous 1-0 hammering of England, the ‘what might have been’ Euro 2008 campaign including the 3-2 shellacking of Spain and kept going all the way to the Euro 2016 finals and beyond – being cheated out of a place at the 2018 World Cup finals by the Swiss and a dodgy referee.
Ladies and gentlemen, Aaron Hughes. You could replace any member of the back five and they’d have to accept it.
(Personally I’d squeeze him in at left back)
One per club XI
If any mailboxers fancy joining in what’s kept me and the gents on the WhatsApp group occupied for the last half an hour, who would be in your first eleven and seven subs if you could only pick one player from each Premier League team?
Unfortunately West Ham and Newcastle were the two to miss out here, but my effort was:
GK: Henderson (Sheffield Utd)
RB: Aarons (Norwich)
CB: Van Dijk (Liverpool)
CB: Maguire (Man Utd)
LB: Chilwell (Leicester)
DM: Kante (Chelsea)
CM: Neves (Wolves)
CM: De Bruyne (Man City)
W: Richarlison (Everton)
W: Son (Spurs)
CF: Aubameyang (Arsenal)
Grealish (Aston Villa)
Zaha (Crystal Palace)
Bit light on full-back cover but we’ll switch to three at the back if needed!
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Stu, v grateful
What I love about this game and there are so many permutations to get to the same place. Here is Cudicini to Thuram that includes two legends of the game.
Cudicini played at Lazio with Nesta. Nesta played at Lazio with Nedved. Thuram played with Nedved at Juve. Cudicini to Thuram.
What about Jurgen Klinsmann to Ansu Fati?
…Here’s my attempt at today’s questions:
Carlo Cudicini Eider Gudjohnsen Lilian Thuram
Shunsuke Nakamura Roy Keane Ryan Giggs Phil Jones Bruno Fernandes
Roberto Baggio Gianluca Viali John Terry Willian < Chelsea> Tammy Abraham
Haven’t a clue about the other two!
Another one for today, Patrick Kluivert to Justin Kluivert.
…Thanks for helping me kill a few hours in the afternoon.
Carlo Cudicini to Lilian Thuram.
Cudicini played with Zola at Chelsea, who (only just) played with Zola at Parma in 1996.
My others are a bit more obscure.
Shunsuke Nakamura to Bruno Fernandes
Nakamura — Massimo Donati (Celtic 2008) — Angelo Palombo (Sampdoria 2004) — Bruno Fernandes (Sampdoria 2016).
Tammy Abraham to Roberto Baggio
Abraham — Jorginho (Chelsea 2019) — Luca Toni (Verona 2013) — Baggio (Brescia 2003)
Teemu Pukki to Johan Cruyff
Pukki — Litmanen (HJK 2011) — Sonny Silooy (Ajax 1993) — Johan Cruyff (Ajax 1983)
No luck on Banks to Pickford
Who’s our Kevin Bacon?
Absolutely love the connecting game and now it’s time to select our Kevin Bacon. Basically the player from which you can connect all other players with six degrees of separation.
I vote for Zlatan Ibrahimovic (9 clubs, 7 countries, bajillions of b*lls)
What y’all say? Can you connect Zlatan to Pele in six? How about Teemu Pukki?
Gaurav, MUFC (Ole’s tactician-ing at the wheel)