WhoScored have put together a combined XI for Arsenal and Manchester United ahead of Sunday’s clash between the two, and it’s fair to say it’s not going down very well.

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 24: Shkodran Mustafi of Arsenal during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Southampton FC at Emirates Stadium on February 24, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 24: Shkodran Mustafi of Arsenal during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Southampton FC at Emirates Stadium on February 24, 2019, in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

WhoScored tweeted out their combined lineup for the two teams on Sunday morning. For each position, they included the Arsenal or Manchester United player with the highest season rating according to their statistical analysis.

They didn’t include players with fewer than 10 appearances or those who are currently injured or suspended. That means despite strong form this season, Lucas Torreira, Rob Holding and Hector Bellerin weren’t available, among others.

There are a number of surprises here. Ander Herrera finding his way into a midfield that includes options like Nemanja Matic, Aaron Ramsey, Mesut Özil and Matteo Guendouzi is definitely one. Shkodran Mustafi getting in ahead of Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Victor Lindelof is another.

Not many would have predicted Bernd Leno over David De Gea either, even if the German is in better form at this moment. Manchester United fans, in particular, weren’t happy with the XI:

On the other hand, the likes of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette, Anthony Martial and Paul Pogba are all worthy recipients of a spot, so it’s not all bad.

Of course, WhoScored’s ratings are just based on statistics, not opinions, and it’s hard to argue with numbers. Perhaps the site needs to look at the algorithm producing the ratings if it’s returning these kinds of results though.

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