Marcus Rashford has named ‘unbelievable’ former teammate Wayne Rooney in a dream Manchester United six-a-side team comprising of Old Trafford greats.
Rashford is on a mission to became an icon at the club he has supported since his youth but left himself out of this particular squad in favour of some of his childhood favourites.
The United forward has enjoyed another progressive season himself, netting 21 goals in all competitions despite being frustrated by on-going injury problems.
And he could help end manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s wait for silverware with a Europa League triumph over Villarreal at the end of the month.
But Rashford does not yet see himself in the same category as the elite players that he remembers so fondly growing up as a United fan and has focused on these stars in an impressive six-a-side lineup.
“Right, I’m going to go with most players from the teams that I watched when I was growing up,” he said during his Instagram Q and A session.
“I’d probably have [David] De Gea, but it was a close one between him and [Edwin] Van der Sar.
“When I was a kid Van der Sar was one of the best keepers and obviously playing with David has been great, so I’d have to put David in there.
“At the back I’d have Rio Ferdinand.
“I’m all-out attack there. I’d have [Paul] Scholesy in front of Rio, [Ryan] Giggs on the right, Ronaldo on the left and Rooney up front.
“I’m not putting myself in. Not yet.”
“Him [Rooney] and Ronaldo were my two favourite players growing up, so to get an opportunity to play with him was an unbelievable experience.”
De Gea is the only current member of United’s squad in Rashford’s side, though the Spaniard has now lost his first-team place to Dean Henderson.
Ferdinand is widely recognised as one of the Premier League’s greatest defenders while Class of 92 members Giggs and Scholes led United to an unprecedented era of success under Sir Alex Ferguson.
Rooney is the club’s all-time record goalscorer while Ronaldo began his path to eternal greatness with his first Ballon d’Or’ at Old Trafford before leaving for Real Madrid.