Juan Mata selects his Manchester United five-a-side team

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Spanish playmaker Juan Mata has selected his Manchester United five-a-side team and has opted for quite the attacking look, reports the Express.

As well as picking himself, Mata chose Red Devils captain Wayne Rooney, Robin van Persie, Angel di Maria and Radamel Falcao in his small-sided team. 

Without a doubt, it would be quite the side, and would be full of goals, but may struggle defensively. In truth, though, that's just how a number of Manchester United fans see the current crop managed by Dutchman Louis van Gaal. 

The Red Devils may well lack a stubbornness at the back, but they have one of the meanest attacking lines in the world of football. Mata, Rooney, Falcao and Co. have all found the net this season, and the attackers are only just starting to gel at Old Trafford. 

City clash 

Mata, though, would be forgiven for worrying about his place in the starting XI ahead of United's Premier League showdown with Manchester City on Sunday. With Wayne Rooney back in contention following his three-match suspension, it's expected that he will be handed a starting role under Van Gaal. 

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Colombian hit-man Radamel Falcao could also return to the starting XI after missing the Chelsea game because of a minor knock. It remains to be seen, however, as to whether the United boss opts to start him from the bench, whilst Dutchman Robin van Persie looks set to start after scoring United's equaliser against Jose Mourinho's side. 

Playing catch up 

The Red Devils head into the game already way off the pace in the league table, and will be desperate to secure a positive result at the Etihad. Manchester City, on the other hand, have been in inconsistent form themselves, and won't want to fall even further behind table-toppers Chelsea. 

With the array of attacking talent Manchester United have at their disposal, and the likes of Sergio Aguero, David Silva and Co. starring for City, goals will certainly be expected at the Etihad on Sunday afternoon. 

Just imagine a five-a-side match between the two teams... 

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