Date: 10th June 2015 at 1:01pm
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All season the synopsis was that when it came to our squad the area where we were perhaps lacking that little bit of world-class was in the middle of our defence.

At times Louis van Gaal, courtesy of injuries and suspension, was forced to revert to using Michael Carrick in an unfamiliar role but one he had previously performed during the tenure of Sir Alex Ferguson.

But, at times, the defence did look up to the task and as the season progressed it is fair to say that Chris Smalling rose to the challenge.

Speaking about the season just passed, Smalling has had this to say to the media,

“I knew it was going to be a make-or-break season for me considering we had a new manager and two centre-backs as good as Ferdinand and Vidic were leaving.

“The manager has shown his faith in me this year and I think I have improved as a result.

“He has encouraged me to bring the ball out from the back and to pass it more.

“I think myself and Phil Jones have finally proved we can fill the gap left by Ferdinand and Vidic.”

Which leads us on to ask the huge question – Do we still need to bring in a world-class operative at the heart of our defence or should we persevere with Smalling and Jones?

Your thoughts on the subject matter would be most appreciated.