Picking an Under-25 XI from the Manchester United Squad

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Picking an Under-25 XI from the Manchester United Squad
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Phil Jones

When you consider Manchester United's Under-25 resources you get a clue that Sir Alex Ferguson may still have some additions to make for the future.

It is one thing to have mature (Ryan Giggs) and experienced (Wayne Rooney) players in the squad, but as Chelsea are finding, you daren't retire too many at one time.

And although players who sign for United tend to stay for the longer term, there are still one or two gaps in terms of the more experienced players who will bridge them over the next five years.

So before you read this article, try writing down your own Under-25 team, in their correct positions and see why there is still a challenge to be addressed.

In compiling this team we have also included seven substitutes and used players who are currently on United's books, even though some may be on loan at the present.

For your further amusement we have included on the last slide an Under-21 team from those who remain after the Under-25s were put together.

But before we get into the teams, we have selected a captain (Phil Jones) and a vice-captain (David de Gea). The Under-21s captain would be Tom Thorpe; vice-captain Mats Daehli.

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