Former Chelsea striker Tony Cascarino picks his combined team for Manchester United’s treble-winners from 1999 and Manchester City’s current day heroes

Tony Cascarino has picked his combined Manchester United and Manchester City team from their respective golden eras.

It is 20 years since United completed a remarkable treble by lifting the Premier League, FA Cup and then the Champions League against Bayern Munich.

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Manchester United clinched the treble in 1999
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But the present day has seen rivals City usurp them as the best team in the country.

Since Pep Guardiola’s arrival in 2016, the Citizens have been the dominant force in English football and completed an unprecedented treble of domestic trophies this season.

But which side was better.

While it is virtually impossible to ever get a satisfactory answer, former Chelsea striker Tony Cascarino attempted to pick his combined City and United team alongside Georgie Bingham on the Weekend Sports Breakfast.

Scroll down to see who made the cut and who missed out on a place in the XI.

FULL-BACKS

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Gary Neville and Denis Irwin were vital to United’s success at the turn of the millennium
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“Some of these United players were legends far after 1999 and some of them before.

“Denis Irwin; no-brainer, I always said Denis was up there with the very best I played with. Left or right back by the way!

“I think left back has been an issue for City all years because obviously Mendy got injured and they’ve put Zinchenko there and they’ve juggled Delph as part of that pack.

“The two full-backs were quite easy as they were Neville and Irwin of United.”

WINGERS

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Ryan Giggs’ strike in the FA Cup semi-final is the stuff of legend
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“Well my toughest positions were the two wide men,” he said. “Because I had Beckham and David Silva and I was really torn.

“But I do think that David Silva was the more accomplished player. The icon of David Beckham is extraordinary and he played in an 11-year period.

“But City have had a player in David Silva who has been there – probably close to a decade now – who has been I think just the magician of their team.

“The Sterling one was tough because Sterling has scored 31 goals this year – he got 17 in the Premier League this year, 18 last year, two Premier League titles and he’s outscoring even on Giggs’ best season.

“I just couldn’t get away from the fact Giggs has won 13 Premier Leagues.”

DE BRUYNE?

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When he is at his best, there are few better in the Premier League than Kevin de Bruyne
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“De Bruyne wasn’t easy because obviously he has been injured quite often.

“But I just think he has got the absolute lot for a central midfielder – attack-minded, creative and he will play a big part in City next year.

“He’s already done it in years gone by and I found it very difficult to ignore Kevin De Bruyne, but I felt he had to be in there.”

JAAP STAM?

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Jaap Stam was a colossus at the back for Manchester United
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“I could do this team after a lot of these City players have retired and I could add more in,” he added.

“I might be adding Laporte in because, I go back to Jaap Stam and he was brilliant for three years and he was only at Old Trafford for three years before he went to Lazio.

“So he only left because of the problems with Fergie in his book where he said certain things and Fergie was prepared to let him go.

“But Jaap Stam played less than 100 games for Man United, but he was brilliant during the time he was there.”

MANAGER

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Sir Alex Ferguson transformed Manchester United into serial winners
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“If I’m judging on Premier League, I can only go for Fergie because of his reign and for so long and all the ups and downs – he always had a way of producing.

“If I’m looking worldwide and going Barcelona and Bayern Munich, you could argue Pep.

“The two of them have just been extraordinary, but if you’re talking Premier League I’d have to go Fergie.

“Pep is in his third year so I’m not taking into the equation Bayern Munich and Barcelona.”

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Tony Cascarino’s combined XI is dominated by United legends
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FINAL TALLY

United (1999) – 7

City (2019) – 4

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