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UK News Shaw picks Rooney and Pogba in his Man Utd & England five-a-side team

12:50  14 april  2021
12:50  14 april  2021 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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Manchester United star Luke Shaw has picked his five - a - side team from his Old Trafford teammates. The 25-year-old left-back snubbed the likes of Robin van Persie and Joe Hart, in favour of current teammates Marcus Rashford and David de Gea. “It’s hard this,” said Shaw in a Q&A with the club’s I’ve got to put myself in and then I’ll have two in midfield – Rooney and Pogba and then one left… a striker. “Of course, I played with Van Persie and he was an unbelievable finisher, but I think I’m going to say, because he’s always on the left side with me and I like having him in front of me, I think

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Luke Shaw has played with some stellar names during his football career and he has had the unenviable task of whittling those down for a dream five-a-side team.

In a Q&A for Manchester United's website, the left back was asked to compile his own side from the players he has played alongside.

'This is a very tough question. It's hard this,' he immediately acknowledged as he considered team-mates from Southampton, United and England.

Starting in goal, Shaw has the likes of Joe Hart (England), Dean Henderson, Sergio Romero and David de Gea (all Manchester United) to pick from and he chose the latter.

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Keane N, United Kingdom | What would be your five - a - side team including only players you’ve played alongside? “This is a very tough question from Keane. I’m going to stick with David [De Gea] in goal and then in defence [pauses] this is really hard! [Laughs] I’ve got to put myself in and then I’ll have two in midfield – [Wayne] Rooney and [Paul] Pogba and then one left… a striker. Of course, I played with [Robin] van Persie and he was an unbelievable finisher, but I think I’m going to say, because he’s always on the left side with me and I like having him in front of me, I think I’m going to have to say

'For my keeper… [pauses]… this is tough because I've played with some very good keepers.

'I've played with Deano a little bit but not too much so I can't put him in, but he's a brilliant keeper.

'I think Joe Hart deserves a mention because he was an unbelievable keeper. When I was away with England and played with him I was really impressed with the way he was and the keeper he was, I thought he was absolutely top notch.

'I'm going to stick with David [De Gea] in goal.'

a woman holding a football ball: David de Gea gets the nod in goal - having been a United team-mate of Shaw's for seven years © Provided by Daily Mail David de Gea gets the nod in goal - having been a United team-mate of Shaw's for seven years

In defence the 25-year-old has played with the likes of John Stones, Gary Cahill (both England), Chris Smalling and Harry Maguire (both United and England) but none of those make the cut as the defender picks himself in a 1-2-1 formation.

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'In defence [pauses] this is really hard! I've got to put myself in,' he laughs.

His choices in midfield appear a given straight away to himself as he picks Wayne Rooney and Paul Pogba without hesitation. This is despite the impact of talisman Bruno Fernandes since joining the Red Devils last year or playing alongside - albeit briefly - Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard for England.

a football player on a field: Paul Pogba (left) and Wayne Rooney make up the left back's midfield in his dream five-a-side © Provided by Daily Mail Paul Pogba (left) and Wayne Rooney make up the left back's midfield in his dream five-a-side a football player on a field: Their inclusions means there is no room for Red Devils talisman Bruno Fernandes in midfield © Provided by Daily Mail Their inclusions means there is no room for Red Devils talisman Bruno Fernandes in midfield

Despite classing Rooney as a midfielder, Shaw still has played alongside some high-profile strikers such as Harry Kane (England) and Robin van Persie (United).

However, those world-class duo are overlooked for Marcus Rashford who gets the nod due to their understanding on the pitch together at Old Trafford.

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'Of course, I played with [Robin] van Persie and he was an unbelievable finisher,' he continued.

'But I think I'm going to say, because he's always on the left side with me and I like having him in front of me, I think I'm going to have to say Rashy.'

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