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Gary Neville has provided fans with a fascinating insight into what he believes is Manchester United's strongest starting XI - and there is no room for the likes of Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Fred.
It has been a mixed start to the 2021/22 campaign for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's men. After picking up three wins in their opening four Premier League games, the Reds have suffered defeats against Young Boys, West Ham and most recently Aston Villa.
The Norwegian manager continues to be backed by a section of United's fanbase but his team selection for Saturday's defeat at Old Trafford was criticised, with the decision to start Scott McTominay and Fred in the middle a concern for many.
Life Of Mcfred!
Varane is on the ball. For some reason both Mctominay and Fred decide to run towards our goal. A minimum of one needs to hold their Midfield position so we have a pass in Midfield. Instead they both vacate midfield leaving a huge hole.
Tired. #MUFC pic.twitter.com/Bt4hv1poqF
- ManUtd Analytics (@Utd_Analytics) September 27, 2021
The United legend responded to a fan who asked what his starting XI would be if everyone at the club was available for selection.
- Gary Neville (@GNev2) September 27, 2021
Neville's selection certainly got fans talking on Twitter and, just minutes after posting, fellow pundit Jamie Carragher got involved in proceedings by ripping his team selection apart.
"So is Pogba not a left winger anymore @GNev2," Carragher replied.
"The right winger you said the club were desperate for doesn't play and you've got Ronaldo wide. Ossie Ardiles wouldn't pick that team."
So is Pogba not a left winger anymore @GNev2 ♂️ The right winger you said the club were desperate for doesn't play & you've got Ronaldo wide ♂️ Ossie Ardiles wouldn't pick that team :joy::joy: https://t.co/97rPj67lM7
- Jamie Carragher (@Carra23) September 27, 2021
"One of the issues Manchester United have is that when they pick Paul Pogba on the left it means Marcus Rashford has to go over to the right and the balance of the team fails," he said.
"We've seen it too many times now. It's something that needs fixing.
"Manchester United need that right-hand side option. And Ole Gunnar Solskjaer needs to work out if Paul Pogba can play in the centre of midfield or not in big games.
"If he is not then the whole balance of the team shifts when he is put on the left and Rashford has to go to the right.
"It's just obvious that the whole team are better [following the introduction of Mason Greenwood and Rashford's switch to the left]."
So @GNev2 reckons Paul Pogba would get into Liverpool's starting XI
Obviously @Carra23 had something to say about that :joy: pic.twitter.com/mAsezFrkVz
- SPORTbible (@sportbible) June 16, 2020
Thoughts on Neville's strongest United XI? Would you change anything?
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