United legend backs current defenders

March 13, 2014 08:52:13 UK

United defender Phil Jones.

Former Old Trafford legend Gordon McQueen has offered his backing to Manchester United defenders Phil Jones and Chris Smalling.

McQueen feels Sunday’s clash against Liverpool is the perfect moment for the duo to stake their partnership claims.

The Manchester United duo were paired together in last weekend’s comfortable 3-0 victory at West Bromwich Albion.

And there were encouraging signs that the young starlets could still save United boss David Moyes a fortune in the transfer market this summer.

However, they will surely face the ultimate test of their defensive credentials when they come up against Liverpool’s lethal strike pairing of Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge.

The prolific duo have scored 42 of Liverpool’s 73 goals this season, with Suarez on 24 league goals and Sturridge on 18, as the Kop outfit have maintained their title tilt.

And McQueen insists: “Playing against them is a phenomenal opportunity for Smalling and Jones to prove their worth in those roles.

“If Chris and Phil have designs on becoming future centre-halves for United then this is the chance to show it.”

United are 2.45 to secure the win on Sunday, Liverpool can be backed at 2.80 and the draw is 3.30.

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