Fans’ view: Who should partner Chris Smalling in defence against Chelsea?

by Ben Topliss

What on earth happened in training this week? Manchester United have gone from having a near 100% squad to an injury crisis in the space of a week.

Michael Carrick, Marcos Rojo, Daley Blind and Phil Jones have all picked up injuries following the 4-2 win over Manchester City last weekend, leaving Louis van Gaal with a selection dilemma ahead of the Chelsea game on Saturday.

Perhaps the most pressing issue is at the back, with van Gaal forced to choose between Paddy McNair and Tyler Blackett to partner Chris Smalling at Stamford Bridge.

We asked our Twitter followers on who they think should start in defence against Chelsea:

The overwhelming favourite among supporters is McNair, which is understandable as he has been excellent when on the pitch this season.

McNair is enjoying a remarkable rise in football having made the step up from the U21s before making his international debut for Northern Ireland earlier in the campaign.

Against the likes of Eden Hazard, Didier Drogba and Cesc Fabregas, the youngster may once again be thrown in at the deep end but he has shown on numerous occasions this season that he is reliable when called upon.

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