On Saturday, Manchester City host Manchester United, hoping to bolster their derby rivals' recent dominance.
City have won consecutive titles, defeating United in three of their four Premier League games of the season.
And despite being third after losing three matches this season, City are still 11 points ahead of United and expect to win on Saturday night.
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola celebrates his recent 4-1 win over Burnley
Still, United has some quality individuals, many of whom would challenge to enter Pep Guardiola's first-choice XI.
With that in mind, Sportsmail put together a combined XI derby of the two Manchester teams.
The only caveat is that the selected players must be available for Saturday's match so that they exclude City injury victims Aymeric Laporte, Leroy Sane and Sergio Aguero and Manchester United's record Paul Pogba.
Here is the team …
Manchester City winger Raheem Sterling (right) is selected at Manchester Combined XI
GOALIRO: EDERSON (CITY)
Straight to the controversy then.
To many, David de Gea is the best goalkeeper in the Premier League, he is United's highest paid player with £ 375,000 per week and undoubtedly his best player as well. But Ederson's arrival turned City into title winners, allowing Pep Guardiola's team to develop from behind, losing nothing in terms of physical stopping and physical presence.
The same could be said of De Gea, but the form of the Spaniard fell in 2019 and so he is left out.
Manchester City goalkeeper Ederson agrees with David de Gea of United
BACK RIGHT: KYLE WALKER (CITY)
There are three candidates here: Walker, his teammate, John Cancelo, and United's £ 50 million summer contractor Aaron Wan-Bissaka.
Walker is no longer a guaranteed starter at City with the arrival of elegant Cancelo, but he has increased his game to stay ahead of the Portuguese on City's side and on City.
Wan-Bissaka has had a solid start to his career at United, but does not offer the same threat as Walker.
Kyle Walker has increased competition this season on John Cancelo's right back
BACK TO CENTER: VICTOR LINDELOF (UNITED)
Cue raised her eyebrows. First of all, it should be said that this is the weakest team selection.
Lindelof is consistent, but it looks like he won't have the only standout attribute needed – direction, pass, speed or strength – to be considered world class.
But with the injured Laporte, John Stones and Nicolas Otamendi fighting and Fernandinho looking out of position in the City defender, he joins our team.
Victor Lindelof has emerged as a regular Manchester United starter since signing in 2017
BACK CENTER: HARRY MAGUIRE (UNITED)
A certain match given the above mentioned problems in the central defender of City. If Laporte were fit, Maguire would still be starting beside him.
It was thrown into the deep end at Old Trafford, opposite United, but it showed the presence and composure that England and Leicester fans are so used to seeing. At 26, United will seek to build their new side around them.
Harry Maguire joined Manchester United this summer from Leicester on a £ 80 million deal
REAR LEFT: BENJAMIN MENDY (CITY)
To another problematic position. When he arrived at City two years ago, Mendy looked like the best left in the world.
But serious injury problems have seen him play only 22 Premier League games in almost two and a half seasons.
He is fit now, and although not at full speed, there is no real challenge in the United ranks, with Luke Shaw having his own injury problems, leaving young Brandon Williams and veteran Ashley Young.
Benjamin Mendy (right) has had a team race in recent times after two seasons injured
DEFENSIVE FIELD: FERNANDINHO (CITY)
The decisive effect of City's central defensive problems was the loss of Fernandinho's midfield presence.
The shrewd Brazilian brings disgusting and bad – qualities they lost with Fernandinho on his back and Rodri still adapting to the Premier League – to allow City's most creative players to flourish.
Getting Lindelof and Maguire allows him to return to his natural position here, where he is ahead of Scott McTominay, despite the young United's good season so far.
Fernandinho (center) has been playing quarterback at Manchester City this season
CENTRAL FIELD: KEVIN DE BRUYNE (CITY)
City won the title last season despite losing the best player for long periods due to injury and, ironically, he has returned to his peak in this campaign – see his goal against Newcastle – while other parts of the team fight.
This is pure coincidence. De Bruyne is the most talented star in the Premier League and joins this team directly.
Kevin de Bruyne shoots home an excellent goal against Newcastle at St James & Park last weekend
CENTRAL FIELD: DAVID SILVA (CITY)
If De Bruyne is Premier League No. 1 star David Silva is not far behind.
It must be said, however, that his powers are diminishing at the age of 33 and he may have struggled to enter this side if Paul Pogba was fit and fit.
Still, you feel that there is more to come from the Spaniard in his last season at Etihad and don't bet against him playing a key role on Saturday.
Manchester City captain David Silva (pictured right) is in his last season at Etihad Stadium
RIGHT WING: BERNARDO SILVA (CITY)
The fact that he won Player of the Season on such a talented Manchester City team last season tells you everything you need to know about young Silva's ability.
With De Bruyne back and Leroy Sane injured, he was postponed further in this campaign and was not as influential but is still approved by Daniel James despite the young Welsh's impressive early life at Old Trafford.
Bernardo Silva has been playing mostly for the wing, having played in midfield last season
CENTER AHEAD: MARCUS RASHFORD (UNITED)
Sergio Aguero would definitely be selected here if he were fit, but we would still find room for Rashford, so good has been his recent form. Nine goals in their last 10 United games have been the perfect answer to just three in their first 10 this season. He scored twice in Wednesday night's victory over Tottenham and United's hopes of a Saturday upset are largely on his shoulders.
Marcus Rashford celebrates his second goal against Tottenham on Wednesday night.
LEFT WING: RAHEEM STERLING
A shoo-in for this is the City team, even with Aguero and Sane in shape. They have reached by leaps and bounds under Guardiola and have 19 goals in 26 club and country games this season, despite scoring just one in the last six. Their progress contrasts with United's Anthony Martial, who is likely to lose on Saturday due to injury but has not shown enough to be considered for that team anyway.
Sportsmail's combined Manchester XI, with eight City and three United players
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