Manchester City star Joao Cancelo names Manchester United duo in Premier League Portugal XI


The 27-year-old has made a brilliant start to his third season at the Etihad Stadium, arriving for £ 60million from Juventus in 2019 with Danilo heading the other way.

Despite being a player for Pep Guardiola’s side in his debut season at Manchester, Cancelo has established himself as one of England’s best players after an incredible year for the defender.

Since the start of the 2020/21 campaign, the Portugal international has made 6 appearances in all competitions for the Premier League champions, including 17 outings since August, more than any Manchester City player.

In a recent interview with Manchester City on their official YouTube channel, the former Benfica man was tasked with selecting the strongest Portuguese eleven in Premier League history.

While he named a pair of City teammates in Bernardo Silva and Ruben Dias, Cancelo also picked two players across town, as he gave Manchester United stars Cristiano Ronaldo and Bruno Fernandes the nod. in attack.

Speaking of Fernandes, who has scored 44 goals and 33 assists in just 96 appearances in all competitions for United, Cancelo said: “He’s (Fernandes) a player with a very strong shot, very pragmatic, a strong personality and I like this type of player.”

The left-winger spot was occupied by Cristiano Ronaldo in Cancelo’s all-time Portuguese Premier League, and the ex-Juventus star has praised the 36-year-old striker, who has already scored nine times since his sensational return to Old Trafford in August.

Cancelo said, on Ronaldo: “I choose Cristiano Ronaldo on the left. Do I tell you why? I don’t need it! (He is) the best Portuguese player of all time. It was obvious that he would be part of my eleven.”

Wolf duo Nelson Semedo and Joao Moutinho have also been named in the XI, alongside Liverpool striker Diogo Jota, Roma goalkeeper Rui Patricio, former Manchester United winger Luis Nani and the former Chelsea defender Ricardo Carvalho.

It was as one-sided as a derby could be on Saturday, when Manchester City ripped apart rivals on their own turf with Cancelo adding two more assists to his name, bringing his total to five since the start of the campaign.

The full-back is set to make Portugal’s World Cup qualifiers against the Republic of Ireland on Thursday night with Bernardo Silva being ruled out due to a muscle injury.


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