Arsenal have long been one of the dominant forces in women’s football in the UK, while Manchester United are the rising force trying to make the top three.
The duo will meet on Friday night in what could be a crucial meeting in determining who will take the last place in the WSL in the Champions League.
Ahead of the game, let’s take a look at what a combined XI of both teams could look like by combining players definitely available for the game (which effectively excludes half of the United squad given the crisis of wounds in which they are found). .
Mary Earps (GK) – One of WSL’s most underrated goalkeepers considering she has been overlooked for England lately. Earps steadily improved during his time at United; a great shot stopper and a reliable pair of hands.
Noelle Maritz (RB) – Bringing in Noel Maritz during the summer window was a very smart deal for Arsenal. The Switzerland international is fast becoming a fan favorite; tenacious, lives for a tackle and absolutely rock hard.
Millie Turner (CB) – The always reliable Millie Turner has forged an excellent central defensive partnership with Amy Turner – who has every right to feel gutted to miss a spot in this XI – this season, and has been the one of the most consistent performers since the team was formed.
Leah Williamson (CB) – Williamson is one of the WSL’s most notable center-backs, breathing calm at the back. His distribution is so essential to the way Arsenal play.
Ona Batlle (LB) – United were pretty busy during the 2020 transfer window, but could Batlle’s slightly underrated signing be their best deal? Likes a defensive battle and happily flies up and down on the left flank all afternoon.
Jackie Greens (CM) – Manchester United’s first successful signing was the addition of Dutch international Groenen in 2019 – and she didn’t disappoint. Crucial at both ends of the field for the Red Devils, she is the beating heart of Casey Stoney’s team.
Jordan Nobbs (CM) – The all-action midfielder is among the best in the league and is more than capable of scoring a miracle goal or two – as she has against Manchester City and Tottenham in cup competitions. season.
Kim Little (CM) – One of the league’s all-time greats, the Scotland international’s skills, poise and vision are almost unmatched. Another game changer capable of winning a match with a flash of brilliance.
Ella Toone (FW) – One of the stars of the league this season, Toone has made his way into the England squad thanks to his performances in a United shirt this season. Having struggled for the debut of the last campaign, she has become almost unstoppable.
Vivianne Miedema (ST) – One of the best WSL players of all time, Miedema is one of the greatest nines in the world, playing with the mentality and poise of a number 10. Outrageous talent, the league is lucky to have it. .
Caitlin Foord (FW) – Arriving in north London in January 2020, Foord really found his marks in his first full season at Arsenal. The Australia international has formed a breaking partnership with Miedema and has nine goals and five assists in 14 league appearances.