No nonsense Serb Nemanja Vidic has discussed his old team’s defensive set up these days.
There have been few positives this term for Manchester United, but one undoubted success has been young English defender Chris Smalling. He has continued his excellent form from last season after hugely improving after his Derby Day dismissal. Besides the occasional blip he’s been superb this season and his former teammate Vidic agrees.
“I’ve always loved Chris. I love him because he’s a defender. His mentality is that he likes to defend,” said Vidic as quoted by MEN.
“I believe he can still improve but he is physically strong and as I said, he likes to defend which, for me, is very imortant…that’s his big ability.”
Fan favourite Vidic also spoke about how hard it is for young defenders at United these days. Tim Fosu-Mensah, Cameron Borthwick-Jackson, Joe Riley, Donald Love, Guillermo Varela, and Ro-Shaun Williams have all received first team berths this season, all impressing immensely when called upon.
Axel Tuanzebe is another academy talent that will hope to see first team action before May.
“For the young players who come in up front, you need that energy, imagination, happiness… you can let them play and be more free, but, in defence, I think you need someone who can lead these young boys.
Manchester United have always brought youngsters into the team and of course they have ability, they have shown that in the games they’ve played but, when you want to win the trophies, you have to patient with them. You have to give them the right matches, develop them slowly so you can think about keeping them there for many years.
They need some experienced players to take that weight off their backs.”
Many fans would agree with the Serb’s suggestion that some senior players need to step up and support their talented young teammates.