Picking an Ultimate Liverpool-Manchester United XI of the Past 15 Years

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Picking an Ultimate Liverpool-Manchester United XI of the Past 15 Years
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"Calm down, Gary." "How did Ryan not make the XI, Jamie?"

Manchester United and Liverpool face off at Anfield on Sunday, with the two teams in just about as sorry a state as they have been in the last 15 years. Rarely has this game been a clash between the sixth- and ninth-placed sides in the Premier League. 

During that time, both teams have had some superb players in their midst. Naturally, given United have been considerably more successful during this period, their players dominate the lineup here, featuring in seven of the 11 starting spots.

In truth, it would have been easy for it to be more than that, and a couple of spots have gone to Liverpool players for the sake of balance rather than necessarily on merit. 

In general, players are picked representing themselves at the peak of their powers during those 15 years, and consistency has, for the most part, been weighted less heavily than peak ability. There are countless players unlucky to miss out.

The players here are lined up in an attacking 4-3-3 with one holding midfielder, two more advanced midfielders and a front three with two wide attackers rather than out-and-out wingers.

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