Manchester City and Manchester United are two of the biggest clubs in world football. They share an intense rivalry and have produced many great matches between them. In this article , we have tried to put together greatest XI ever of both these clubs. Have a look and tell us , who would win?
GK- Peter Schmeichel
Manchester United have had many great goalkeepers over the years ,but none of them were as influential as Peter Schmeichel. Signed as a virtual unknown in 1991, his size, prodigious throwing and mammoth kicks immediately marked him down as something very different.
Schmeichel had personality in abundance and his relentless determination made him a force of nature. His saves were almost invariably followed by ferocious verbal blasts for the defenders who had failed to prevent the chance, and Ferguson described him as a “volatile individual” on the pitch.
He won 10 major trophies for United, starting with their first title triumph in 26 years in 1992/93 and ending with their historic, treble-winning Champions League success in Barcelona in 1999.
GK- Bert Trautmann
Whenever we think about Manchester City’s greatest goalkeeper, the first name that pop up in our mind is Bert Trautmann. From prisoner of war to City legend, his rise to stardom was a remarkable one.
The club’s decision to sign a former Axis paratrooper sparked protests and 20,000 people attended a demonstration against his signing. But so outstanding were his performances that he won over fans who initially protested against his arrival at Maine Road.
In 1956, he helped City to the FA Cup in the defining moment of his career. City beat Birmingham 3-1 in the final, but Trautmann injured himself following a collision with Peter Murphy in the 75th minute. He played on, though in pain, with pictures showing him clutching his ‘stiff neck’ at the end of the match. X-Rays later showed that he had broken it. He was named Footballer of the Year that same season – becoming the first foreigner to win the award. Trautmann played for Manchester City until 1964, making 545 appearances.