Manchester United star Wayne Rooney has revealed the four players he would choose to join him in a Red Devils 5-a-side team, and incredibly left out first-team goalkeeper David de Gea.
According to the club's official website the England captain’s lineup is incredible attack heavy, with four other forward-minded stars joining him to make a team which would instill fear into any back-line.
Rooney's Fantastic Five
Fresh from bagging what turned out to be the winning goal against Arsenal on Saturday, Rooney elected to go with himself, Robin van Persie, Radamel Falcao, Angel Di Maria and Juan Mata.
"Do you have to have a goalkeeper?" Rooney asked
"If not, I'll go for Angel, Falcao, Robin and Mata."
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"I'll go for Angel, Falcao, Robin and Mata"
United fans will likely be pleased to see the new boys being integrated into Rooney’s setup, with Di Maria and Falcao having only been at United for a number of months. Though the former looked deadly in his first few matches for the club neither has been as prolific as they might have liked, with Falcao only having notched one goal since making his loan move from AS Monaco.
Meanwhile Van Persie has also found his form faltering of late, and his performance against former club Arsenal at the weekend left plenty to be desired from Red Devils followers.
Similarly Mata has struggled to replicate the sort of showing which earned him his big money move to Old Trafford in January, and recent rumours have even inferred that he could be flogged as Van Gaal looks to raise funds for more improvements.
When it’s put into that perspective Rooney’s selection seems fairly tame, particularly given that his gung-ho approach doesn’t leave room for any sort of defensive stability.
No 'keeper... madness
The decision to omit De Gea frees up an extra space for another potent attacker, which would be ideal if the opposition tried a similar tactic, but the lack of a player who wants to naturally defend is always important; you only need to look at United’s fortunes in the Premier League this season to determine that.
Manchester United fans, who would make up your dream Red Devils 5-a-side team? Let us know in the comments box below and give us a shout if you feel Rooney’s choices were wrong.