1. David De Gea (goalkeeper) – see who else makes the Rooney-less line up by clicking the arrow above
Can you imagine if De Gea had refused a new contract and joined Real Madrid in the summer? This would have been little short of a disaster, with the Spaniard remaining one of the finest goalkeepers in Europe.
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The first Manchester derby of the season finished goalless at Old Trafford, and at the final whistle, a number of Manchester United supporters passed the blame for their side’s failure to threaten City goalkeeper Joe Hart on to Wayne Rooney.
From complaining that the Premier League will never be won with Rooney up front to stating he is finished at this level, the England international suffered heavy criticism.
And while such comments are harsh on one of the Premier League’s all-time top scorers, his performances has left many wondering whether manager Louis van Gaal should field a team without the club captain in the starting line up – if simply to experiment.
Therefore, talkSPORT has put together an XI that doesn’t include Rooney, and has an inspired young Frenchman leading the line…
Take a look by clicking the yellow arrow above, right.