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Video: Juan Mata's fantasy Manchester United XI

Rohan Menon
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Modified 19 Sep 2015, 13:01 IST
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Juan Mata has surprisingly picked players who aren’t active for United anymore

Juan Mata, who has been performing well off late for Manchester United, recently revealed his fantasy Manchester United squad. While the squad includes some legendary figures that have made United the club it is today, shockingly it does not consist of any current Untied player.

Mata moved to the Old Trafford in 2014 from Chelsea and hasn’t played with most of the players he chose for his squad with the exception of the back three. The Spaniard chose Patrice Evra, Nemanja Vidic, and Rio Ferdinand to hold his defensive back line. Although the trio were at the end of their United career when the Spaniard joined, he knows first-hand how difficult it can be to get past from his time playing for current league champions Chelsea.

The 27-year-old picked Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Sir Bobby Charlton and David Beckham to be part of his midfield. While Scholes was one of United’s best ever midfielders could control the pace of the game, Beckham who was renowned for his ridiculously accurate crossing could help get balls into the box.

Giggs was another one of “class of 92” players and went on to become the longest-serving player for United. The Wales legend, currently acting as the assistant coach for United under Louis van Gaal, was known for his pace and passing ability during his youth. Sir Bobby is probably the best player in Mata's midfield as he is United's top scorer with 249 goals from 758 appearances.

Mata’s strike force the is probably on of the best as he has Eric Cantona, Cristiano Ronaldo, and George Best. All the three players are icons in their position, and all three of them are legends from their respective era. Best was the last person to win the Ballon d’Or for United until Ronaldo did in 2008. The Irishman was a prolific goal scorer and was mostly known for his world class dribbling ability.

Cantona was one of the players who helped set the base for United’s dominance in the Premier League era and was a person who managed to score crucial goals for the team. Ronaldo who left United in 2009 is currently one of the best players in the world and was one of the most crucial players in both Real Madrid and United’s Champions League victory.

The Spanish International also chose one of Premier Leagues all-time best goalkeepers Peter Schmeichel over Edwin Van der Saar to protect his goal.

Juan Mata’s Manchester United fantasy XI 

 

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Here is a video of the Spaniard talking about his team.

Published 19 Sep 2015, 12:54 IST
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