There is not one Englishman in UEFA's 40-man strong shortlist for their 2013 Team of the Year, meaning there is no room for Wayne Rooney despite his heroics this season, despite his eight goal haul and five assist return in 1,015 minutes of top tier football this season and despite his return of five goals in the 2013-end of last season that proved vital in Manchester United's push for the Premier League crown.
If no Roo, then who?
1): Robin van Persie - striker
Robin van Persie remains a lethal hitman in the Premier League and required adaptation period from Arsenal culture to United life as his influence was fundamental to United's quest for honours.
This season, in Premier League competition alone, van Persie has been responsible for seven goals and two assists from 822 available minutes.
2): David de Gea - goalkeeper
The burgeoning shot-stopper has been a mainstay in the United line-up this season, competing in every available minute of the Premier League thus far.
While members of the back-four ahead of him have attracted criticism due to seemingly fallen standards, de Gea has returned three clean sheets and, most notably, kept Arsenal's dominating creative midfielders and attackers at bay when the reigning Premier League champions hosted the Gunners.
He won a Premier League's winners medal last season.
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