Gabby Agbonlahor DROPS Casemiro from combined Man United and Aston Villa XI and leaves out World Cup-winner for being ‘not great on the ball’… with £60m star Mason Mount not even on the bench!
- Gabriel Agbonlahor shut down claims no Villa player gets into Man United’s XI
- He left out two United players that have won multiple Champions League titles
- A total of five Man United stars were in the side, with six from Unai Emery’s team
Gabriel Agbonlahor has raised eyebrows by omitting Casemiro and a former serial Champions League winner from his combined Aston Villa and Man United XI.
The former Villa striker turned talkSPORT pundit was responding to a message from a listener which said that no Villains player gets into United’s first XI.
Agbonlahor was having none of the claim and quickly went about naming a number of players which he thinks would get in from Unai Emery’s current strongest team.
But perhaps the most shocking of the former striker’s inclusions was John McGinn over Man United’s Casemiro, a player widely regarded as one of the best of his generation, having lifted the Champions League five times.
But Agnolahor remained unconvinced, claiming: ‘Midfield is quite simple for me. Casemiro, very good player, not at his best though and does not make my midfield.’
Gabriel Agbonlahor believes a number of Aston villa players would get into Man United’s XI
Agbonlahor left a number of big name players out of his combined United and Villa XI
Erik ten Hag’s new £60million signing Mason Mount was not even included in the match squad
‘I’ve got Douglas Luiz, outstanding player, and John McGinn. In front of them, in a free role, Bruno Fernandes. He has to be there ahead of Emi Buendia.’
He added: ‘How about midfield, we’ve got Douglas Luiz, John McGinn, we are blessed.’
But Casemiro was not the only former champion of Europe to be snubbed by Agonlahor, who clearly backed his former club’s stars over a number of more established names in world football.
Despite winning the World Cup with France, as well as four Champions League crowns at Real Madrid alongside the aforementioned Casemiro, Raphael Varane was dropped from the side in favour of Villa’s Ezri Konsa.
‘Centre-half, either Tyrone Mings or Ezri Konsa gets in ahead of Raphael Varane. Varane’s not great on the ball, mate,’ Agbonlahor explained.
‘He’s injury prone… Varane’s injuries, he doesn’t play often, he is not the Varane that won the World Cup, is he?’
Not content with the two notable United omissions, Agbonlahor proceeded to provoke Red Devils’ fans ire by insisting that one of their newest faces would not even earn a place on the sidelines in his combined side.
Despite costing Erik ten Hag’s side some £60million earlier in the summer, Mason Mount was left out entirely.
Raphael Varane was overlooked by Agbonlahor despite winning the World Cup and multiple Champions Leagues
The ex-Villa star preferred John McGinn in midfield to Real Madrid and Brazil icon Casemiro
Ezri Konsa (left) and McGinn were called on in favour of Varane and Casemiro respectively
But when asked why the England international had been overlooked, Agbonlahor simply replied: ‘He doesn’t even make the bench, mate.’
In total Agbonlahor’s XI consisted of six Aston Villa players, with just five from Manchester United.
The other Villains to get the call up were Ollie Watkins up front with Moussa Diaby on the right, with Andre Onana displaced by World Cup-winner Emiliano Martinez behind Konsa in defence and McGinn and Luiz in the middle.
Luke Shaw, Lisandro Martinez, Bruno Fernandes, Marcus Rashford and Aaron Wan-Bissaka all made the XI.
AGBONLAHOR’S COMBINED XI
4-2-3-1: Emiliano Martinez; Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Ezri Konsa, Lisandro Martinez, Luke Shaw; Douglas Luiz, John McGinn; Bruno Fernandes. Moussa Diaby, Marcus Rashford; Ollie Watkins
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