Ashley Young names his Manchester United five-a-side team

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Manchester United winger Ashley Young has named Wayne Rooney, Juan Mata, Daley Blind and Michael Carrick in his dream five-a-side team.

The 30-year-old is obviously including himself in the line-up, completing a creative team that doesn't have a goalkeeper or a defender involved.

Blind took some stick after a less than ideal debut as a centre-back in Manchester United's recent 1-0 victory over Tottenham Hotspur, but is given the duty of leading the backline for Young's boys.


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As the club's best player and current captain, Rooney was an obvious choice for striker while Carrick gets the job of lying deep as he does for the current Manchester United squad.

"I need a defender in there. I'll put Daley back there," he told the club's official website. "It's tough, can I do a bench as well?! OK, I'd also include Carras, Wazza and Juan."

And it seems Young, who recently committed himself to the Old Trafford outfit by scoring a three-year deal, knows what he is talking about when it comes to small-sized football games.

Asked what his favourite part of training was, he said: "The small-sided games because there is a fun element to them and there's also the competitive angle where you want to impress and get in the team.

"Everything we do in training when it has a competitive element makes it feel like game day. Everyone wants to win and people get upset when they don't!

"If you have that in training then you take it out onto the pitch on matchday."

One-way favour

Unfortunately, Young was not named in Mata's or Rooney's five-a-side team when the pair were asked the same question in October and November last year.

Mata went for a quintet consisting of Angel di Maria, Radamel Falcao, Robin van Persie and Rooney. He may have to redo it, however, as three of those four have since left the club.

Rooney, rather strangely, picked exactly the same lineup just a month later.

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