RealSport’s Premier League Best XI: Man Utd, Man City & Spurs dominate

Just as L'Equipe picked their strongest starting XI from Ligue 1, RealSport have done the same for the Premier League.

  1. 1 GK David de Gea [Man Utd]

    After a shaky start to life in Manchester, the Spaniard has firmly established himself as one of the world's greatest goalkeepers in the last few years.

    His reflexes are extraordinary and he no longer makes a constant stream of errors that once blighted his career.

    The Premier League is awash with top level 'keepers, however, de Gea is the best.

  2. 2 RB: Kyle Walker [Man City]

    L'Equipe went with new Spurs signing Serge Aurier for right back, however, he is yet to prove himself in the Premier League.

    Walker has been the best right back in England for the past two seasons and is now the world's most expensive defender.

    His power, ball carrying skills and attacking threat make him a major addition for Pep Guardiola's side.

    Not only that, he has proven himself to be a reliable defender in recent years.

  3. 3 CB: Toby Alderweireld [Tottenham]

    The best centre-back in the league.

    Alderweireld reads the game exceptionally well and more often than not clears up the danger before it is even there.

    The Belgian rarely makes an error and is a wonderful passer of the ball.

  4. 4 CB: David Luiz [Chelsea]

    The Brazilian was once an enigma and accident waiting to happen at the back. Luiz has now established himself as a reliable defender and a leader at the back since his return to Chelsea.

    He was arguably Chelsea's most important player last season in their switch to three at the back and Luiz is a talented footballer.

  5. 5 LB: Danny Rose [Tottenham]

    On a long injury lay off and in the papers for the wrong reason doesn't detract from the fact that Rose is an exceptional fullback.

    The Englishman patrols the whole left flank almost on his own and is vitally important to Spurs' attacking structure and system.

    Rose, like Walker, is also reliable as a defender and a leader on the pitch.

  6. 6 DM: Nemanja Matic [Man Utd]

    Perhaps there are better players out there, but we are going for a structured team and Matic has proven in his short time at United how exceptional he is at connecting the team together.

    The Serb brings with him composure and intelligence and looks to have been the missing piece to United's aim to win the Premier League.

    What were Chelsea thinking letting him go at all, let alone to a rival?

  7. 7 CM: Paul Pogba [Man Utd]

    Unfairly criticised last season, Pogba is really showing England what he is capable of this year.

    The reigns have been let loose off the Frenchman and he and United are reaping the rewards.

    His technique and ball mastery is one of the best in the word and he's capable of the spectacular.

  8. 8 CM: David Silva [Man City]

    The Spaniard is still a little magician and the best playmaker in the league. 

    Silva is exceptional at dictating the tempo of a game and finding the right pass.

    His vision, technique and genius still make him integral to Pep Guardiola's side.

  9. 9 RW: Kevin de Bruyne [Man City]

    Ideally, we would like the Belgian in central areas, but he's shown how good he is when deployed on the right before.

    Also, with the width provided by Walker, de Bruyne would have license to drift centrally and wreak havoc.

    His creative talents puts him up there with the best midfielders in Europe and he was the highest assist maker in the league last season.

  10. 10 ST: Harry Kane [Tottenham]

    Similar to Sadio Mane, it is time Harry Kane is recognised as a world-class striker.

    Kane has won the Golden Boot two seasons in a row and has hit thirty plus goals in each of the last three years.

    Kane isn't just a goalscorer, however, rather a complete forward. He's an intelligent player and can drop deep or get in behind.

    Kane also has a wonderful pass, excellent first touch and can drag the ball past his opponents when dribbling.

  11. 11 LW: Sadio Mane [Liverpool]

    The Liverpool forward is world class and should be recognised as such. Mane is one of the best wingers in world football and is unplayable on his day, which is most weeks.

    Mane has the pace, energy and dribbling skills to go past anyone and has terrific end product.

    The former Southampton man can finish whether he is deployed centrally, on the left or right. He can register 25 plus goals this season.

How they line up



GK: Thibaut Courtois [Chelsea]

CB: Jan Vertonghen [Tottenham]

CB/RB: Cesar Azpilicueta [Chelsea]

DM: N'Golo Kante [Chelsea]

LW: Eden Hazard [Chelsea]

CAM: Christian Eriksen [Tottenham]

ST: Sergio Aguero [Man City]

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Harry Brooks


Harry graduated from UAL in Elephant and Castle with a 2:1 BA Hons degree in sports journalism.

He has an NCTJ diploma and also coaches football and teaches PE in schools.

Harry loves to talk football tactics!