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Another three points, another much needed clean sheet for a Manchester United side that was crying out for anything of the sort six months ago.
This season saw the Red Devils’ defence reach a disappointing low as what was usually a foundation for the English giants had rapidly turned into their weakest attribute, a factor not helped by absences from Nemanja Vidic, Chris Smalling and Phil Jones.
With all three of those defenders now fit, Sir Alex Ferguson has ample defensive options at his disposal and has seen his team concede just three goals in their last six outings.
Add into the equation the improving form of Jonny Evans and the table-topping side begin to look more and more like the impenetrable outfit of old.
In the modern game, full-backs can sometimes be looked at as a defensive weakness for some sides, more focused on what they contribute going forward than in defence.
However, both Patrice Evra and Rafael—whom Gary Neville awarded Man of the Match honours following his display—are entering a phase of great consistency.
The left- and right-sided pair, respectively, were massively effective against the Toffees but also did their duties magnificently in preventing the opposition’s efforts.
What’s more, David de Gea had a very fine day at the office, stopping the likes of Anichibe, Jelavic and Osman from scoring on several occasions, bringing a happy conclusion to an all-around pleasant outing for the Manchester United back line.
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