EA Sports Best Manchester XI
For 130 years, the red and blue halves of Manchester have been divided in a fierce rivalry that will only have been glowing brighter after City beat United 1-0 at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday.
Now imagine putting their players in the same room, let alone the same team. Well, official EA SPORTS FIFA 15 Ultimate Team statistics have now released the best possible team made up of players from both sides based on this season’s Player Performance Index (PPI). The EA Sports PPI are based on six key indices-Winning performance, players performance per match; appearances, goals scored, assists and clean sheets.
Joe Hart pips Manchester United’s David De Gea to the starting line-up with a PPI of 83, one point better off than his counterpart. The Englishman had played in eight of City’s nine matches before the Manchester Derby and managed 2.25 saves for every goal conceded as opposed to De Gea who only averages 1.38.
Despite being named in the PFA Team of the Year last season, Pablo Zabaleta fails to make the team. Instead Rafael da Silva marshals the right flank thanks to a run of impressive performances. The full-back has won 17 tackles this season; the same number as Zabaleta but has also managed over twice as many clearances and holds a better cross-completion record. As a result, the Brazilian’s PPI stands at 85 compared to the 71 managed by the Argentine.
City captain Vincent Kompany has spent more time on the pitch than any of the other centre backs in contention and, as a result, makes it into the team with 100 PPI points to his name.
Martin Demichelis joins his captain in the line-up with a PPI of 82, however, this is largely due to United’s inconsistency in centre defensive partnerships. Demichelis has only won 60% of his tackles which is a relatively unimpressive record when compared to nearest competitor, Marcos Rojo, who has been successful 78% of the time. Phil Jones boasts an 83% record as does Chris Smalling, however, the latter will see his PPI take a knock after being shown red on Sunday.
Gael Clichy takes his position down the left with a score of 85. The Frenchman has managed far more tackles and clearances than both Aleksander Kolarov and Luke Shaw.
Mr Reliable, James Milner, rightfully claims his spot on the right wing. His 2 assists this season and the fact that he has the highest dribble success rate of any of the wingers from either team has taken his PPI up to 105
Renowned for his devastating runs down the touchline, David Silva has slotted back into the central midfield role effortlessly. The Spanish international has managed 384 passes in the opposition half and completed 85.8% of them.
Yaya Toure has had a slow start to the season by his high standards but still makes it into the team thanks to a 91.5% pass completion, an impressive feat as he has the highest number of passes of all central midfielders in the two sides. United supporters may feel aggrieved that Daley Blind was not included despite managing 19 interceptions and an 88.7% pass completion, however, the Dutchman has spent less time in the opposition half than Toure and has conceded more goals against.
The Premier League’s record signing Angel Di Maria is an obvious choice for the left wing in any team in the world and that includes this one. The Argentine playmaker has blown the competition away with three goals and four assists for the Red Devils so far this season. Criticism of a player with a PPI of 181 seems unfair but there is still much work to do for the former Real Madrid man. A 41% dribble success rate and shameful cross completion of only 16.9% has meant that the opposition has been able to intercept possession and put United on the back foot many times this campaign.
Nine goals in nine games before Saturday, where he scored his tenth in as many, leaves no doubt as to Sergio Aguero‘s inclusion. The striker netted 17 times in an injury-hit campaign last season and has started this one in a similar vein.
One of the biggest shocks is that Wayne Rooney does not make the team; instead it’s Robin van Persie who lines up alongside Aguero. The Dutchman has had a tough time of it in the last two seasons and has only managed three goals this campaign but makes the grade due to suspension to Rooney and Radamel Falcao’s lack of game time.
Opinions will still be divided but what we do know for sure is that reigning champions City are now the strongest team in Manchester.
Data courtesy of the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index, Official Player Ranking Index of the Premier League. Pick, manage and play as your own team of stars in EA SPORTS FIFA 15 Ultimate Team. Find out more at http://www.easports.com/uk/fifa/ultimate-team #FEELTHEGAME.