Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville has named his best Red Devils starting eleven made up of the current squad, and there is no place for Zlatan Ibrahimovic or Wayne Rooney.
Today the Sky Sports pundit was addressing the Oxford Union, where he was asked which United team he would pick if he was the manager.
And while Rooney and Ibrahimovic are omitted from this lineup, Armenian summer signing Henrikh Mkhitaryan does make the cut. He has mainly been forced to watch from the sidelines so far since his arrival from Borussia Dortmund.
Also missing from Neville’s team is England defender Luke Shaw, who along with Chris Smalling, recently felt the wrath of Jose Mourinho.
Neville said: “Well, David De Gea is the easy choice in goal. I would then pick Antonio Valencia, Chris Smalling, Eric Bailly and probably Daley Blind at left-back at this moment in time.
“I would then have Paul Pogba to the left in midfield, Michael Carrick, Ander Herrera in there. Then ahead of them, I’d have Henrikh Mkhitaryan to the right, and then…… Anthony Martial to the left and Marcus Rashford up front.
‘When I see Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard on the pitch, it makes me feel proud that Manchester United can be true to itself and its principles.’
Neville went on to reveal his ideal partners for a game of five-a-side: Cristiano Ronaldo, along with three of Neville’s colleagues from United’s 1999 Treble winning squad, Roy Keane, Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes..
By Steve Osborne @BlizzardSteve75