Manchester United’s impeccable form this season, currently leaves them on track to amass a record number of points in a single Premier League season.
But despite their astounding attacking consistency, there are still obvious defensive frailties in Sir Alex Ferguson’s squad.
Most of the time, these wobbles have been cancelled out by United’s offensive opulence, but the fact that the Red Devils have conceded the opening goal in 12 encounters so far this season is surely enough to concern their manager.
Ferguson has often known the precise moment to get rid of defenders who have passed their use-by date, a fact that Messrs Pallister, Bruce and Irwin can each attest to. However he has sometimes prematurely asked players to leave that have since gone on to flourish at pastures new, *cough* Jaap Stam.
Are Manchester United about to go through another defensive revamp? And if they are, who should stay and who should go?