Date: 3rd December 2015 at 6:16pm
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Lots of us like to play 5-a-side football in our spare time, but have you ever considered how the team you support would line-up if they were limited to five players?

Based on current form, and with a formation of one goalkeeper, one defender, two midfielders and one striker, we at Shoot thought it would be interesting to see who would make the grade for each Premier League outfit.

Here’s what we came up with for Manchester United…

Goalkeeper:

David De Gea

You always want a dependable man between the sticks, and they don’t come much more dependable than United number 1, De Gea.

The Spanish stopper has good distribution and is agile with quick reflexes – ideal for the smaller-sized goals.

Defender:

30th August 2015 - Barclays Premier League - Swansea v Manchester United - Chris Smalling of Manchester United - Photo: Paul Roberts / Offside.

Smalling is one of the most improved players in the Premier League.

Chris Smalling

One of the most improved players in the Premier League over the last couple of seasons, Smalling is United’s best defender on current form.

The England international is quick and composed on the ball – the perfect defender in a 5-a-side team.

Midfielders:

Juan Mata

United’s main creator, Mata would be the player ricocheting the ball off the wall and to his team-mates with incredible accuracy.

The Spaniard is also a fine finisher, and his agile frame is ideally suited to this situation.

Bastian Schweinsteiger

21 November 2015 Premier League Football - Watford v Manchester United ; Bastian Schweinsteiger (31) is hugged by Jesse Lingard as he celebrates the winning goal for United. Photo: Mark Leech

Schweinsteiger celebrates with his United team-mates.

While Mata is the creative force in the middle of the field, you need that player alongside him that will break-up the play too, and on current form we would have Schweinsteiger in our starting line-up.

As well as his ability to intercept and win the ball back, the German also has a fierce shot on him that could come in handy from outside the area.

Striker:

Anthony Martial

While they have been tight at the back, United have struggled at the top end of the pitch, with their main threat this term coming from summer signing, Martial.

The Frenchman’s pace and trickery has caused many a defender nightmares, and that, added to his finishing ability, would make him the ideal player to lead the attack.

Who would be in yours?

 
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