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Pogba misses out on FA Cup XI

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Manchester United edge out Chelsea to dominate the combined FA Cup best XI ahead of the final this weekend, while Premier League record signing Paul Pogba doesn’t make the cut. With the climax of the tournament upon us, bettingexpert has looked at the players responsible for getting their teams to the final and has created a best combined XI based on performances in this season’s competition.

Manchester United players make up the majority of the best XI, with six players making it into the line-up, compared to Chelsea’s five. The Blues do, however, rule in defence, with Gary Cahill, Antonio Rudiger and keeper Willy Caballero all making the grade.

With the climax of the tournament upon us, bettingexpert has looked at the players responsible for getting their teams to the final and has created a best combined XI based on performances in this season’s competition.

Man United V Chelsea FA Cup Combined Eleven

Manchester United players make up the majority of the best XI, with six players making it into the line-up, compared to Chelsea’s five. The Blues do, however, rule in defence, with Gary Cahill, Antonio Rudiger and keeper Willy Caballero all making the grade.

There was not much contest when it came to the man between the sticks, with Caballero having made 22 saves to help his Chelsea side through the competition. The Argentine is the Blues’ second choice keeper but has risen to the occasion of the FA Cup, playing all six games for them in the tournament up to now, with little doubt that the trend will continue into the final.

At the opposite end of the pitch is Red Devil, Romelu Lukaku. He is the top scorer left in the competition, having netted five goals in as many games and the obvious candidate to play up top in the dream team.

Lukaku is supported by his United teammates Ander Herrera and Alexis Sanchez who, between them, have scored three goals and made 24 tackles, with the former boasting an 89.61% pass completion rate, something that has been pivotal in helping the Belgian striker score goals.

With a perfect 100% pass completion rate is Lukaku’s fellow countryman Marouane Fellaini, who has also made the XI, while the last of the Red Devils to included is 28-year-old Chris Smalling. The left-back has made five tackles and helped his side achieve clean sheets in three of the four matches he has featured in.

Michy Batshuayi, on the other hand, would only make the bench, with the Blues man scoring just three times en route to the final. He would be joined in the dugout by Premier League record signing Paul Pogba, whose FA Cup showing has not warranted him a place in the starting XI. Despite his five shots on target, the Frenchman has been unable to convert any of them, notched only one assist along the way.

It will be interesting to see if the individuals maintain their high level of play under the pressure of playing in the final – either way we should be in for some quality football.

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