Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera has picked his ideal Red Devils five-a-side team, with the main omission from the lineup being compatriot David De Gea.
The Spain international, who has enjoyed a resurgence in the first-team of late, selected himself to appear alongside Anders Lindegaard, Chris Smalling, Juan Mata and captain Wayne Rooney, opting to leave out high-profile figures such as De Gea, Angel Di Maria and Radamel Falcao.
In the latest edition of a series wherein the club’s official website ask players from the first-team to select four teammates they’d prefer to join them in a FIFA Street-style assembly, Herrera opts for arguably the most well-rounded selection yet, with Smalling and himself representing individuals who can defend well and the other two more than capable of attacking with vigour.
What’s most interesting however is Herrera’s reasoning for leaving out De Gea, which he has attributed to the fact that he’d like his compatriot to be facing him between the sticks in the other goal.
"[I'd pick] Anders (Lindegaard), because I want to score against David [De Gea]! I'd pick Rooney because he's always very competitive and I always want to be alongside him.
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"Anders, because I want to score against David!"
"Smalling - he's aggressive and we need a defender!
"And Juan Mata because we know each other very well."
The best trainer
Herrera, who became one of the first signings of the Louis van Gaal era this summer when he arrived from Athletic Bilbao, also took the time to insist that Rooney was the hardest trainer the Red Devils have.
The England skipper is known for his passion and work rate on the pitch, but Herrera was decisive in confirming that it all stems from his attitude in training.
"Wazza. Wayne Rooney, always."
The return of the captain
On the subject of Rooney United are set to welcome him back for the upcoming clash with Southampton on Monday evening. The talismanic striker was absent for the mid-week home victory over Stoke City as he awaited scans on a potential injury, but it’s since been confirmed that there’s no major problem.
As a result Van Gaal will have as close to a full-strength side as he’s been able to field so far this season, with United’s off-pitch woes steadily being cured. The Red Devils have been forced to play with weakened teams due to the amount of players requiring time off to nurse varying complaints, but they still sit fourth in the Premier League with 14 matches played.