Man Utd star Phil Jones names best five-a-side team and springs major surprise with top striker in DEFENCE

PHIL JONES has surprised as he named Dimitar Berbatov in his dream Manchester United five-a-side team – but has put him in the DEFENCE.

A lot of people would suggest that the retired Bulgarian striker would be the perfect player on a smaller pitch.

Phil Jones has named his ultimate Manchester United five-a-side team

But not many would stick him at the back alongside Nemanja Vidic, especially when the Serb formed a rock-solid combo with Rio Ferdinand.

David De Gea is, of course, picked in goal after years of being United’s last line of defence.

Paul Scholes ties everything together as the creative spark in the middle, while Wayne Rooney stars up front.

Jones himself is a United veteran, but is set to leave the club after 12 years as he is set to be released at the end of the season.

On his decisions for his five-a-side team, the 31-year-old told Goal back in 2019: “I’ll go David [De Gea] No brainer.

“Five-a-side so, do you know what? I’m going to be stupid here. I’m going to put Berba there. Berbatov.

“Berba used to annoy me in training, every single training session. He used to play at centre-half and when I said to him ‘no, the manager asked me to play there’, he was like ‘no, go somewhere else’.

“He was unbelievable. I’ll put Berba there.

“And I’ll put… I’ll put Vida [Vidic] in there as well just because he throws himself at everything.

“Then I’m going to go with Scholesy. And I’ve got to go Wazza [Rooney].”

Jones, De Gea and Berbatov line up for United ahead of 2011 Champions League group match against BenficaAFP


The defender made his team before Cristiano Ronaldo returned to Old Trafford, and then left again, meaning Jones may now have changed his mind on one of his strikers.

Jones himself didn’t quite make his own team – and with his recent injury record it’s no wonder.

The defender has been a fringe player at Old Trafford over the last few seasons because of his lack of fitness.

He will now have to decide between joining a new club or retiring from football.

Phil Jones has played with some exceptional stars since arriving at United in 2011PA:Empics Sport

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