2. Matteo Darmian, Chris Smalling, Luke Shaw. Final piece of the jigsaw?
Manchester United’s defensive frailties have been well documented ever for the past few years. The departure of fan-favourite Rafael this past week has not gone down well with the Old Trafford Faithful. Although it is perhaps premature to suggest so, Matteo Darmian appears well set to make the right-back position his own. An exemplar outing boosts his credentials exponentially as Darmian hardly put a foot wrong all game. He comes across as an extremely intelligent full-back who doesn’t shy away from a challenge. This extremely promising debut will have Manchester United fans extremely relieved over the club’s defensive future.
Similarly, Chris Smalling looks like a new player. Defensively assured, tactically sound, physically strong with intelligent tackles, Smalling reveled the battle with Harry Kane and came out on top and finally looks set to take up the defensive mantle from his Serbian predecessor. However, who his defensive partner shall be to solidify United’s back line is still a big question mark. Phil Jones, Daley Blind, or perhaps an Ed Woodward miracle signing, the question shall undoubtedly be answered in the coming few weeks.