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Manchester United pair ready for stardom

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Manchester United duo Chris Smalling and Phil Jones have been in-and-out of the side since Sir Alex Ferguson brought them to Old Trafford.

Smalling joined the Red Devils in 2010 and Jones in 2011, but neither player has fully cemented themselves in the starting XI at the Theatre of Dreams. Both have come in on occasions and starred, but the pair have often been switched from position-to-position, especially Jones. 

The ex-Blackburn Rovers star has been used at right-back, central defensive-midfield and centre-back at the Premier League champions and has yet been given a permanent role at Old Trafford. 

It has previously been suggested that the duo could one day become England's No.1 partnership in defence. They starred together on a number of occasions for the U21 side and look set to have a bright international future. 

But, at United, they have had to work their way up the pecking order. The Red Devils have the experience of Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic at the back and they also have Jonny Evans, who at 25, still has his best years in-front of him.

But with Vidic and Ferdinand's Old Trafford career starting to come to an end, this talented duo are ready to shine and step up to the challenge that's ahead of them.

As David Moyes looks to build his own side, he must use this paring at the heart of his defence. They certainly have a young Vidic/ Ferdinand look to them and there's no reason why they can't emulate that famous pairing. 

Both players received great recognition for their recent performance against Premier League leaders Arsenal despite once again being moved around the team. Moyes must trust the pair as they have the ability to deliver on the biggest stage for him. With them two in place, Moyes will be free to build the rest of his side assured that he has a centre-back pairing that can star for many years to come. 

The partnership will work, given time. Jones is solid and powerful, while Smalling his an assurance about him and provides a calm head. 

Jones has been tipped as a future captain for club and country and he's most certainly a leader on the pitch. He's a battler and together with Smalling can lead United to long term success, starting now. 

The pair have been slowly integrated into the Red Devils' side over the past couple of years, but now is the right time to bring them into the action on a consistent basis and become a world class combination. 

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