Fantasy Guide: Second Edition- Manchester United’s Defensive Crisis this week, I wrote about United’s unfortunate disposal of John O’Shea. Now, it’s time to run the rule over the replacements…

Manchester United’s Defensive Crisis
While United fans mourned as Vidic and Ferdinand limped off the pitch last Sunday, the fantasy managers among us perked their ears and began to smile. All of a sudden, a plethora of possibilities revealed themselves – opportunities to steal a march on rivals over the next few weeks.
What with free, unlimited transfers this week after technical failures marred the season’s fantasy preparations, an influx of cheap Manchester United defenders looks highly feasible business. Ferguson has already announced his back four for Monday, one with an exceptionally British feel – Chris Smalling, Jonny Evans, Phil Jones and Patrice Evra will all start.
Smalling and Jones are both priced at under six million, but the real steal here could be 4.5 million pound man Jonny Evans. After enduring a tough time of it last campaign, the Irish international impressed in United’s opening two games and has yet to concede a goal this season. Don’t worry, your attraction to Evans will not result in a bloody death at the hands of mythological monsters… (he’s not just a cheap version of Didier Drogba).

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