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Sir Alex Ferguson backs young Manchester United defence

by Pat McGatt. Published Sun 21 Aug 2011 20:00, last updated: 21/08/11

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has no concerns about his inexperienced defence facing Tottenham Hotspur tomorrow night.

Patrice Evra apart, United’s backline is likely to feature 20-year-old goalkeeper David De Gea, centre-backs Phil Jones and Jonny Evans, 19 and 23 respectively, and 21-year-old Chris Smalling at right-back.

"I'm not worried about the young players filling in at the back," said Ferguson.

"Evans has ample experience, of course, and has been at the club since he was 12. He's played plenty of first-team games.

"Jones has the experience of playing for Blackburn last season in the Barclays Premier League.

"I thought he and Smalling were the stars for the England Under-21s in the summer, and Chris had a fantastic first season with us, and he's continued his progress this year.

"So I have absolutely no issues whatsoever with playing those guys."


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"when u see how long MANUTD'S injury list is and compare with the LOG position one nods to Sir Alexs vast experience in team management" ALICK CHARLES THINDWA, BLANTYRE MALAWI-C/AFRICA around 2 years, 11 months ago

"i second sir Alex views on talented young blood and we look forward to game of football on Monday night" Alick Charles Thindwa, Malawi around 3 years, 5 months ago

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