MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 25:  Jesse Lingard of Manchester United scores his sides second goal during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Chelsea at Old Trafford on February 25, 2018 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Picking a Combined XI of Chelsea and Man Utd Players Ahead of Saturday's FA Cup Final

The curtain comes down on the English season when Chelsea meet Manchester United in the FA Cup final on Saturday. Both teams need a victory to cap their seasons with a trophy, after falling behind Manchester City in the league.

With the Blues boasting talent such as Eden Hazard and Willian, and Jose Mourinho being able to call on Paul Pogba and Alexis Sanchez, it promises to be a titanic battle between two of England's best.

Here is a combined XI of players from the two teams ahead of their meeting this weekend:

1. GK: David de Gea (Man Utd)

A choice Real Madrid will likely be pondering this summer, the decision to pick David de Gea over Thibaut Courtois is one of the easiest selections in the side.

While Chelsea's shot stopper is an excellent option for any side in Europe, de Gea has been the cornerstone of Manchester United for several years now and the Spaniard has surpassed Manuel Neuer to arguably be recognised as the best goalkeeper in the world.

2. RB: Antonio Valencia (Man Utd)

Two wingers turned full backs here, as Old Trafford mainstay Antonio Valencia just gets the nod over Victor Moses. Whilst the Nigerian is perfectly capable and was instrumental in Antonio Conte's title-winning change to 3-4-3 last season, he still has mistakes in his game and can be found out against the very best.

Valencia, however, is remarkably consistent and has become one of the league's most reliable wing-backs, negating the need for Jose Mourinho to sign a natural right-sided defender.

3. CB: Eric Bailly (Man Utd)

The 24-year-old Ivorian has been an unqualified success since his £30m move from Villarreal two seasons ago, with Bailly adapting to the Premier League seamlessly and holding down a starting berth.

Jose Mourinho has dropped him in recent weeks, stating he wanted to give players such as Chris Smalling a chance to go to the World Cup, but with the ex-Fulham man overlooked in Gareth Southgate's group, perhaps Bailly will be given the nod on Saturday.

4. CB: Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea)

Signed for just £7m from Marseille in 2012, Cesar Azpilicueta will go down as one of the Premier League's greatest ever bargains, with the 28-year-old being a lynchpin of Chelsea's recent title victories.

Originally a full-back on either side before switching to central defence last season, the diminutive Spaniard is one of the league's most reliable defenders, with few attackers able to get past him, and his relentless energy gives the Blues invaluable support at the back.

5. LB: Marcos Alonso (Chelsea)

An easy decision here, as despite Ashley Young's admirable transition to an unfamiliar role at left-back, Marcos Alonso has lit up the Premier League since his arrival in 2016, becoming the highest-scoring defender in Europe with his pin point free kicks and late runs into the box.

Eight goals this term place the Spaniard fifth on Chelsea's top scorer list, with Alonso netting 14 times in all since arriving from Fiorentina. Key to Chelsea's three at the back system, the ex-Bolton man will be crucial on Saturday.

6. CM: Paul Pogba (Man Utd)

Despite not quite fulfilling what was expected of him since his move two summers ago, Paul Pogba has had a better season, adapting to Man Utd's style of play. The addition of Nemanja Matic has allowed the Frenchman to roam more freely into his more natural attacking midfield role, to great effect.

With rumours all season of a move away from Old Trafford this summer, Pogba will want to put those to bed with a commanding performance to lead his team to the Cup.

7. CDM: N'Golo Kante (Chelsea)

Kante was the outstanding player in two back-to-back title winning teams at Chelsea and Leicester, and as a result, his performances this season have been slightly underwhelming, despite no mistakes on the Frenchman's part.

The 27-year-old is the most complete midfielder in the world on his day, able to cover vast amounts of ground in short spaces of time, which should be vital on a big pitch such as Wembley.

8. CM: Nemanja Matic (Chelsea)

After being a key part of Chelsea's romp to the title last season, Nemanja Matic was surprisingly sold to rivals United in the summer, with Jose Mourinho only too happy to snap up one of his former charges.

It has proven to be a costly mistake, with the Serbian thriving at Old Trafford whilst his like for like replacement Tiemoue Bakayoko has struggled in his first season in west London. Matic will be eager to beat his former club and win his first FA Cup, after losing in last year's final.

9. RW: Willian (Chelsea)

Long one of Chelsea's most reliable talents, Willian has had another good season, popping up with crucial goals against Barcelona and Manchester United, amongst others.

With the flair of Eden Hazard on the left side, the Brazilian adds guile and determination to the Blues' forward line, and is one of the league's best at taking people on.

10. ST: Alexis Sanchez (Man Utd)

Despite not quite setting the world alight since his January move from Arsenal, Alexis Sanchez has begun to show signs of his best form in a United shirt.

Having put in a man of the match showing in the semi final against Tottenham, the Chilean loves playing at Wembley, having won the FA Cup twice with Arsenal, scoring in both finals. His tricky runs and reliable finishing make him a better choice over Romelu Lukaku, whose fitness is a doubt for Saturday's game.

11. LW: Eden Hazard (Chelsea)

Arguably the best player across either team, the Belgian is world class on his day and has had a solid individual season despite Chelsea's woes, scoring sixteen times in all competitions. 

Having never won the FA Cup, being part of the losing finalists last year, Hazard will want to cap off the season with silverware in potentially his last act for Chelsea, with a money-spinning move to Real Madrid touted this summer.