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Future Centre Backs

The last two close-seasons have seen Sir Alex Ferguson start to shape his side of the future.

Sir Alex has made several acquisitions, all of which (apart form Bebe maybe) auger well for our future.

Last summer, Chris Smalling joined us from Fulham and although he didn`t feature eon a regular basis last season we saw enough, when he did, to convince us he is a star of the future.

This summer, we`ve signed Phil Jones from Blackburn. His signing is an exciting one with the player having, during his brief Premier League career, received rave reviews.

More importantly, they`re both English and allow Sir Alex a degree of flexibility when he names his squads for the Premier League and the Champions League.

Continuing on the English theme, it`s very likely, that in years to come, we`ll have an all English central defensive partnership with Smalling partnering Jones, something they already do at England U21 level.

It`s something Smalling has spoken about as the U21 team go about their business at the European Championships, in Denmark, with Smalling commenting to the press,

"Phil and I have played together for the last two group games and the play-off win over Romania."

"I was in the squad before him but since then Jonah has come in and done really well."

"We`ve set our stall from the start and he has played so well."

"I don`t think we`ve lost a competitive match when we`ve played alongside each other for the U21`s. If we get a couple more clean sheets in our next group games then that should see us through the group and into the knockout stages."

"It`s brilliant that Phil and I will be playing for the same club. I`ve really enjoyed playing with him for England and hopefully we can get better for United and England."


Just the small matter of Ferdinand and Vidic to displace yet!



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Writer: Red Boy Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday June 14 2011

Time: 4:48PM

Your Comments

Smalling made 33 appearances this season believe it or not whilst Jones made 35 appearances. Smalling and Jones are for the future no doubt but I also have no doubt that they will get a decent amount of game time and with Ferdinand and Vidic tutoring them the future looks bright.
TheFamousNo7
As for Bebe lets reserve our judgement for now. He made a massive step from nothing to one of the most illustrious clubs in the world, his had to do a lot of adjusting and developing and is still very young in footballing terms. Lets not forget it took both Nani and Ronaldo over 2 years before they began to really showcase their ability. Even if Fergie is impatient and doesn't give him a fair chance, which I doubt, he may prove to be a Rossi or Forlan.
TheFamousNo7
Don't forget Johnny Evans, Evans could go on to become a world class centre back too, 3 potential top quality centre backs to replace Rio and Vidic, throw in the twins at full back, our defence is looking strong for years to come.
Kanchelskis
I notice that none came through YOUR academy but then I'm hardly one to talk!
merlin
Jonny Evans, don't make me laugh. Whilst I think it's great that we have two great young centre backs, I can't help but think that Fergie has done this all a bit early OR that vidic is on his way out. neither of them are gonna do much with rio and vidic above them, which will be the same for at least 2 or 3 years. Also, I feel that rather than spending 17m on bolstering our defense, which is currently the best in the league (possibly world?) we should be spending on our weak midfield. There is the need for at least 2 quality signings in that department. That being said, I'm excited by Jones and Smalling and a strong defense for another 10 years with Fabio and Rafael
van mistelroum
Yet another claim that U*d have the best defence in England, the goals against column in the league table says otherwise.
Bluedub
Because we don't play 3 DM's all at once bleudub. It's fitting the most defensive team in the league have the best defensive record.
TheFamousNo7
City don't play 3 DMs either TF7. you should know at this stage that Yaya doesn't play DM, ya know when he scored that goal in the FA Cup semi final when he was playing in that advanced position in midfield that he played all season?
Bluedub
Advanced role to a City midfielder is standing on the halfway line Bluedub. Also, since when is a player no longer a DM because he scored or played slightly further up the pitch? Granted a good player ... when he can bothered.
TheFamousNo7
There you go talking nonsense again mate, he's done well to score ten goals this season standing on the halfway line hasn't he?
Bluedub
Typical bluedub, doesn't like the opposing opinion so therefore brands it as nonsense, rubbish, b0ll0x, 5hit, whatever tickles his fancy on the day. When you're actually willing to have a rational argument and concede being wrong as well as right and acknowledge there's 2 sides to every argument, not just your own, maybe, just maybe, we may be able to have a debate. Until then just deny every general consensus and be your centurion self, it's what weve come to expect afterall.
TheFamousNo7
Debate? Ha ha, that's a good one TF7. Even City's harshest critics began to accept towards the end of the season that Yaya wasn't playing DM, in fact when Tevez is playing you'll usually find Yaya is in the most advanced position on the pitch for City as Tevez drops deep all the time, but hey I'd never expect you to accept that.
Bluedub
Thanks for proving my point ;)
TheFamousNo7
Proving your point?
Bluedub
 

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