Ander Herrera on why De Gea doesn't make his ideal United 5-a-side team

Ander Herrera

Manchester United star also selects Chris Smalling.

Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera pulled out a surprise when picking his ideal club 5-a-side team.

He did not select number one goalkeeper David de Gea, also his former Spanish under-21 teammate, choosing Anders Lindegaard instead.

Bemused? Well he offers a valid reason, taking the assumption the opponents would be a team made up of remaining unselected players.

He told ManUtd.com: "Anders [Lindegaard], because I want to score against David [De Gea]!"

Herrera is great friends with De Gea off the field, with the goalkeeper and Juan Mata playing a key role in helping him settle at the club when he joined in July.

Mata was fortunate enough to make it in, with Herrera adding: "I'd pick Rooney because he's always very competitive and I always want to be alongside him. Smalling – he's aggressive and we need a defender! And Juan Mata because we know each other very well."

His comments show the high regard the often criticised Chris Smalling is held in; Danny Welbeck also described him as the toughest defender to face in training when he was at the club.

There's a strong chance Herrera's side would better the one Wayne Rooney selected last month - the England captain picked a team without a goalkeeper.

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