Two great teams (arguably the top British sides in history). The best XI from those who played in my lifetime. Many great players over the past 22 years. One club men, local loyal lads, legends, Ballon D'or winners. But who made the cut for the best of both Liverpool and Manchester United?
With all due respect, I can only do it based on the players that have been around in my lifetime. I can't make judgments on players that were before my time and I only have memorabilia to go off of.
Hence, see my team below from all the players at the 2 respective clubs since May 1994:
Before you start complaining, saying that I’m favouring Man United. But in all fairness, what other choices did I have?
Edwin Van Der Sar – This was a hard choice because between him and the great Dane, they had an equally positive effect on their back four. After Schmeichel’s departure, Fergie struggled to replace him until the Dutchman came along. In the 6 years he was there, 4 Premier League Titles, 2 League Cups, 1 Champions League plus 2 finals and a World Club Cup later, he’s a near runner up for the goalkeeper's berth.
Jamie Carragher – Great servant to his boyhood team but in all honestly, not as good as either Vidic or Stam at any point. You could never call him ‘world/international class’. Can you really put a valid argument (based on football) for him to go ahead of either of these two, or Ferdinand, who was my next choice…
Stevie G – Genuinely, one of my all-time favourite midfielders whose career truly should of bore more fruit (in terms of trophies and winners medals). But, he’s a player who I genuinely couldn’t find a place in this team for because of the combination of Scholes and Keane. In their heyday, they won multiple Premier League titles, FA Cups and a historic Treble in the midst of all this.
David Beckham – He would’ve been on the right, but does this really have to be explained?
Eric Cantona – Even as a United fan, as much as an icon he is for me and fellow United fans alike, I could not leave Suarez out of this team, he’s just too tricky a customer not to have. Suarez JUST pips it for me. Ruud had to be in there as an out and out striker, a simply lethal finisher whose record in United colours speaks for itself.
Michael Owen - On his day, a deadly finisher, but between him and the one fans used to call 'horse', Owen loses to be perfectly honest. Van Nistelrooy's goalscoring consistency in his 5 years at United has not been matched since.
To accomodate the MUST-HAVEs, 4-4-2 simply had to be the way to go. The classic formation.
This would be too loaded, there's been so many great players, where would you start? I'd leave the 7-man bench for you to decide in the comments below.