Jones and Smalling aren’t ready to be United’s centre back pairing

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Are we looking at the future of Manchester United?

Date: 20th April 2014 at 9:00pm
Written by Chris Knight

At the weekend, Phil Jones spoke publicly of his hope that he and Chris Smalling would become Manchester United's new central defensive partnership from next season onwards. But are the young England pair really ready for the responsibility? With Nemanja Vidic departing to Inter Milan in the summer and Rio Ferdinand  unlikely to be offered a contract beyond the end of the current campaign, David Moyes has a void at the heart of his defence that will need to be addressed. Although United have primarily been linked with midfielders in the rumour mill, a new central defender is also believed to be a priority. Although Jones would welcome the competition, he believes that Moyes should turn to the young England duo.  The former Blackburn Rovers player stated "I've played with Chris for three or four years in the England Under-21s and also United, and we have a really good understanding." Recognising the pair's relative inexperience, Jones added "we complement each other well ... Read More

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