Phil Neville has picked his combined Manchester derby XI and, in news that will surprise absolutely nobody, it's causing controversy.

As is normal for these games, fans all over the world have putting together their best possible sides using players from the Premier League's top two sides ahead of Sunday's clash.

Neville is no different, only with his team, he only went for players who are fit and available for selection.

But perhaps the big surprise is that he's picked more United players than City despite Pep Guardiola's side being eight points clear at the top of the Premier League table, and only just losing for the first time in 20 games.

In goal, he's obviously gone for David De Gea. As good as City's new No.1 Ederson has been this term, De Gea is just different gravy.

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At right-back, he's gone for Antonio Valencia over Kyle Walker in what was surely a tough one to call, while the in-form Ashley Young is deployed at left-back.

Moving onto central defence, City skipper Vincent Kompany partners Phil Jones. If John Stones was fit, he'd no doubt be in the side given how good he's been this season, but perhaps Nicolas Otamendi, one of the most improved players at City this season, should get a look-in.

The Premier League's best player at present, Kevin De Bruyne, plays in midfield with Nemanja Matic, with the electric duo of Leroy Sane and Raheem Sterling on the flanks.

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Up top, he's opted for a strike partnership of Romelu Lukaku and Sergio Aguero, with 17 goals between them in the league this term. It's a very strong side and one that has six United players to City's five.

Neither Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford feature, but the real issue here is that 'Fizzer' hasn't found a place for David Silva, the Premier League's top assister with eight this season.

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Thoughts on Neville's choices? What would be your XI?

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Josh Lawless

Writer who specialises in football and wrestling. Listens to S Club 7 a bit more than a 19-year old lad probably should do.

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