Fran Kirby of Chelsea Manchester United Women v Chelsea Women, WSL football match, Leigh Sports Village, Leigh, UK - 06 Sep 2020 Photo: Lynne Cameron for The FA

Chelsea v Manchester United – Combined XI

The biggest game of the day in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League sees title rivals Chelsea and Manchester United go head-to-head at Kingsmeadow.

United lead The Blues by three points but they cannot afford any slip ups with Chelsea holding a better goal difference and a game in hand.

FA Women’s Super League Full-Time have considered the performances and statistics of both sets of players and we have selected our combined XI made up of players from both sides.

GOALKEEPER

Ann-Katrin Berger

Berger currently has the most clean sheets in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League this season as well as having the highest clean sheet percentage of any goalkeeper this campaign. Chelsea have also conceded the fewest goals so far in 2020/2021 and although the German international did miss the start of the season, she is a big reason for that record.

Ona Batlle

The young Spanish starlet has hit the ground running for Manchester United since arriving from Levante in the summer and her balance between both attack and defence is what puts her ahead of Chelsea’s Maren Mjelde in this team.

Amy Turner

Amy Turner currently averages the most points of any player in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League this season, making her an invaluable asset to The Red Devils back-line. The league leaders have won all-but-one fixture in the league in which Turner has featured which earns her a place in the back-four.

Magdalena Eriksson

Eriksson has been in the list for the top 10 aerial duels won in the last three seasons which makes her a strong presence in the back-line. However, it is not just her combativeness that puts her ahead of others in the centre-back position. Eriksson has recorded the most progressive carries this season, along with the most passes into the final third, so her attacking capabilities on top her defensive abilities make her an asset to any side.

Jonna Andersson

United have already let go of one of their left-backs this week and have had to rely on the likes of Batlle and Galton to fill that position at various points this season. It has been a problem area for Casey Stoney ever since the departure of Alex Greenwood but that should take nothing away from Chelsea full-back Andersson. The Swede has made the left-back position her own at Kingsmeadow which is no mean feat, particularly when high-quality left-backs are hard to come by.

Hayley Ladd

Ladd is Manchester United’s reigning Player of the Year and given the talent that they have in their squad, that is not something handed out lightly. Ladd leads the assist charts for United with three and featured in every single game in all competitions for Casey Stoney’s team last year which proves how vital she is to that squad. Her exceptional defensive displays and talent to snuff out attacks means that she is crucial to United’s success.

Fran Kirby

Kirby is currently in the form of her life after bagging four goals against Reading last weekend. Those goals elevate her to joint-second highest goalscorer in the league with seven goals, whilst having the most assists of those players on seven goals with four.

Pernille Harder

The most expensive player in the world, reigning UEFA’s Player of the Year and The Guardian’s Best Footballer of the Year for 2020, there isn’t really much else to add as Harder would probably get into any starting XI in the world. We simply couldn’t leave her out of our XI as her overall quality and experience is vital.

Tobin Heath

The American has looked right at home with her new club, having six goal involvements in eight appearances in a United shirt. Heath seems able to score from any position and her ability to conjure up moments of brilliance from seemingly nothing puts her ahead of most wingers in England.

Leah Galton

Galton is Manchester United’s top scorer this season which is very impressive for someone playing on the left wing. Galton’s five goals this season means that she outscores all of Chelsea players bar two which means she takes the spot on the left.

Sam Kerr

After a shaky start to her Chelsea career, Kerr finally seems to be finding her goalscoring form with the South West Londoners. With seven goals, only Vivianne Miedema has scored more than her this season and if you add her two assists this campaign, Kerr is averaging a goal involvement every time that she steps out onto the pitch.

Chelsea’s Barclays FA Women’s Super League fixture against Manchester United kicks-off at 2.30pm and will be screened live on BT Sport 1.

 

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