The rules are simple – there are no rules – so if someone wants to put Billy Meredith up front with Sergio Aguero, or have Colin Bell in midfield alongside David Silva, that’s just fine.
Of course, the majority will go with players they have played with or know well, which is fine, too.
We begin with ‘He’s top of he league’ Joleon Lescott who won two Premier League titles with City, one FA Cup and the Capital One Cup during a five-year stay at the Etihad.
Lescott played 160 games, scoring nine goals and became a hugely popular figure among the supporters between 2009 and 2014.
Take it away, Joleon…
“It’s much harder than people realise to select an all-time XI!
“I struggled, to be honest, because I was fortunate enough to have played alongside so many great players.
“In the end, I managed to get eleven names, seven subs and a manager and I’ll do my best to explain why I went for the team I did.
“Let’s start with the gaffer – I’m going for Mark Hughes because he signed me for City from Everton and for that, I’ll always be grateful.
“I’ll put Joe Hart in goal, with Micah Richards right-back and Gael Clichy left-back.
“My midfield quartet has to include David Silva and Yaya Toure. Ferna would also have to be in there as my anchor man with Raheem Sterling the third of the more advanced trio.
“Up top, I can’t see past Carlos Tevez and Sergio Aguero – two of the best strikers I’ve ever played with.
“On the bench, it’s a mixture of players I played with and a couple I didn’t. And, of course, I’ve put myself on the bench – and why not?
“Wouldn’t you want to play in a team like this?”
Joleon's Dream XI:
Coach: Mark Hughes
Subs: Joleon Lescott, Kevin De Bruyne, James Milner, Samir Nasri, Nigel de Jong, Edin Dzeko, Leroy Sane