The best Manchester United XI featuring players under the age of 25 only

With financial fair play rules now forcing clubs to promote from within their ranks, we look at how different Manchester United’s team would be without the likes of Wayne Rooney, Michael Carrick and Angel di Maria.

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The Red Devils have had a superb youth system over the years, after all it did produce the famed class of 92 including Paul Scholes, Gary and Phil Neville, Nicky Butt, David Beckham and Ryan Giggs. Just don’t mention Robbie Savage…

If United had to field a team of Under 25, they would not be too far stretched, with plenty of full internationals still eligible to take their place in the line up.

We have gone with the 4-2-3-1 formation that has worked wonders for Louis van Gaal in the last two games, take a look at who made the final cut:

GK) David de Gea (24)

Given the form he has been in this season, he is an automatic first choice selection.

RB) Rafael (24)

Has improved since joining the club and remains the best full-back on their books.

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CB) Phil Jones (23)

Finally getting a run in his favoured position at club level, could fulfill his potential if he can steer clear of injury.

CB) Paddy McNair (19)

Has been thrust into the first team picture this season due to a defensive injury crisis. Signed a new deal in February which suggests he will be at Old Trafford for the long-term.

LB) Luke Shaw (19)

Struggled with injuries since his big money move, next season should see the best of him.

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