Gary Neville names ideal Man United XI and leaves two big names out

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Speaking at the Oxford Union, which is billed as the most famous debating society in the world, the former England international gave a talk about his time playing for the Red Devils and what life was like at the very top of the game.

And during the talk he covered everything from his time working under Sir Alex Ferguson, his spell in charge of Valencia, playing for England and his ideal Man United XI.

And it seems his selections fall in line with what many pundits and fans have been saying for a long time, showed by his omission of Wayne Rooney.

But Rooney wasn't the only one to miss out as fellow veteran forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic also fell by the wayside.

Neville said that United were always going to struggle once Ferguson left his post back in 2013, as the nature of the game no longer allows a manager to come in and give time to their philosophy seeping into the fabric of the club.

Last season United missed out on a place in the Champions League, and are struggling to keep up with the chasing pack again this term, despite the wealth of talent they have at their disposal on the pitch.

G Nev's starting XI

Neville's starting XI didn't contain many surprises. He opted for the inclusion of the seemingly forgotten Henrikh Mkhitaryan, who has been restricted to just six appearances across all competitions so far this term.

There was also a place for veteran midfielder Michael Carrick, who would be partnered alongside Paul Pogba and Ander Herrera, while further back England international Phil Jones was missing in favour of summer signing Eric Bailly.

However, Rooney and Ibrahimovic's omissions haven't come as great surprises considering their form this season.

Rooney, who is still club captain, has managed just one goal in the league so far, despite often featuring deeper behind the strikers or in midfield. And Ibrahimovic, who started the campaign well, struggled to find form as the season progressed.

The Swede has six league goals to his name, and though that's more than Rooney has contributed, there is still a sense that his return hasn't been good enough given his status within the game.

No return to the dugout

Neville also confirmed that he isn't likely to make a return to management following his ill fated spell with Valencia last term.

Having taken over for 28 games, the 41-year-old could only manage to pick up 10 wins and seven draws (losing 11), leaving him with a win ratio of 35.71%.

He explained that the language barrier proved to be an obstacle too great to overcome, but explained that he felt as though he did all he could there.

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