The former United right-back was giving an address at the Oxford Union on Monday afternoon, and was asked what he’d change about the stuttering Red Devils’ team if he had the chance.
And whilst dropping Rooney might be expected, throwing Zlatan into the mix was a little less so.
Giving his answer via the Mirror, Neville gave what his United starting XI would be at the moment, and explained:
“When I see Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard on the pitch, it makes me feel proud that Manchester United is true to itself and its principles.
“The fundamentals of the Manchester United style of play – developing youth, wing play etc – should never change. It’s part of our identity.
“My team would be…De Gea, Valencia, Bailly, Smalling, Blind, Pogba, Herrera, Carrick, Mkhitaryan, Martial and Rashford.”
Rooney’s decline this season has been well documented, and after being dropped by Jose Mourinho, the England captain’s future at Old Trafford is up in the air.
But whilst Zlatan has gone through something of a dry patch recently, his two goals against Swansea last weekend took his tally to eight goals in 17 appearances this season – where would United be without those goals?
Should the Swede really be dropped? What do you think?