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Statistically, This Is What A Combined Man United/Man City XI For This Season Would Look Like

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - APRIL 12: Players shake hands after the during the Barclays Premier League match between Man United and Manchester City at Old Trafford on April 12, 2015 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

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This season hasn’t exactly been extraordinary considering the standards set by these two clubs, but the meeting of Manchester United and Manchester City this weekend is still a massively important tie as both sides look to finish in the Champions League places.

Picking eleven players from the two sides based on merit would be a hugely difficult task to the naked eye, so the job will be left to the EA Sports Player Performance Index.

The PPI uses a number of factors to determine – and incrementally update – a player’s score for the season, and using that index this is how a combined Man United / Man City team would line up for the 2015/16 season so far.

And true to form, the team starts on the most controversial note possible…

Goalkeeper:

Joe Hart (Manchester City)

during the Barclays Premier League match between Leicester City and Manchester City at The King Power Stadium on December 13, 2014 in Leicester, England.

Appearances: 27  PPI Score: 289

Next in Line: David De Gea (Man United, 267)

Defenders:

Right Back: Bacary Sagna (Manchester City)

during the Barclays Premier League match between West Ham United and Manchester City at the Boleyn Ground on January 23, 2016 in London, England.

Appearances: 24  PPI Score: 350

Next In Line: Matteo Darmian (Man United, 194)

Left Back: Aleksandar Kolarov (Manchester City)

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - APRIL 25: Aleksandar Kolarov of Manchester City in action during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester City and Aston Villa at Etihad Stadium on April 25, 2015 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Appearances: 23  PPI Score: 315

Next in Line: Marcos Rojo (Man United, 120)

Centre Back: Daley Blind (Manchester United)

during the UEFA Europa League Round of 16 first leg match between Liverpool and Manchester United at Anfield on March 10, 2016 in Liverpool, United Kingdom.

Appearances: 27  PPI Score: 360

Next in Line: Nicolas Otámendi (Man City, 268)

Centre Back: Chris Smalling (Manchester United)

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - AUGUST 22: Chris Smalling of Manchester United gives instructions during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Newcastle United at Old Trafford on August 22, 2015 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Appearances: 26  PPI Score: 287

Next in Line: Vincent Kompany (Man City, 171)

Midfielders:

Centre Midfield: Yaya Touré (Manchester City)

WEST BROMWICH, ENGLAND - AUGUST 10: Yaya Toure of Manchester City celebrates as he scores their second goal during the Barclays Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion and Manchester City at The Hawthorns on August 10, 2015 in West Bromwich, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Appearances: 25  PPI Score: 454

Next in Line: Morgan Schneiderlin (Man United, 249)

Centre Midfield: Fernandinho (Manchester City)

SEVILLE, SPAIN - NOVEMBER 03: Fernandinho of Manchester City celebrates as he scores their second during the UEFA Champions League Group D match between Sevilla FC and Manchester City FC at Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan on November 3, 2015 in Seville, Spain. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)

Appearances: 26  PPI Score: 339

Next in Line: Michael Carrick (Man United, 196)

Right Wing: Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City)

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 12: Kevin De Bruyne of Manchester City looks on during the Barclays Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Manchester City at Selhurst Park on September 12, 2015 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Appearances: 19  PPI Score: 401

Next in Line: Jesús Navas (Man City, 280)

Attacking Midfield: Juan Mata (Manchester United)

SWANSEA, WALES - AUGUST 30: Juan Mata of Manchester United celebrates scoring the opening goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Swansea City and Manchester United at Liberty Stadium on August 30, 2015 in Swansea, Wales. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Appearances: 29  PPI Score: 421

Next in Line: David Silva (Manchester City, 331)

Left Wing: Anthony Martial (Manchester United)

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 12: Anthony Martial of Manchester United scores past Simon Mignolet of Liverpool for his team's third goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Liverpool at Old Trafford on September 12, 2015 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Appearances: 23  PPI Score: 393

Next in Line: Raheem Sterling (Man City) 385

Striker:

Sergio Agüero (Manchester City)

xxxx during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester City and Newcastle United at Etihad Stadium on October 3, 2015 in Manchester, United Kingdom.

Appearances: 22  PPI Score: 536

Next in Line: Wayne Rooney (Man United, 384)

From the above scores, Manchester City have much the better of it – dominating the combined team with seven players compared to Man United’s four.

Louis van Gaal’s side dare not come away from the derby with a negative result – their pedestrian showing against Liverpool over two legs in the Europa League recently has seen the manager come under even more pressure, and a defeat on Sunday would be a massive hammer blow to their chances of appearing in next season’s Champions League.

Man City, meanwhile, need the win to salvage what is left of their fading title hopes. Having lost three of their last five Premier League games, just one more defeat will surely kill off what little hope there is left.

All PPI Index Scores correct as of 19/3/2015

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