Date: 15th April 2012 at 11:47am
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The loss of Nemanja Vidic back in December was could have had a huge impact on our title aspirations.

Damaging cruciate ligaments in his knee against Basle, Vidic was ruled out for the season leaving a massive hole in the center of our defence.

One of the finest defenders in the world, it was assumed that United would struggle in his absence but it hasn’t been the case as Jonny Evans stepped up and, beside Rio Ferdinand, has done his best to soften the blow of Vidic’s absence.

Of all of our young centerbacks few assumed that it would be Evans that would rise to the occasion, but his performances have been exemplary and Sir Alex believes he is now arguably the best defender in the country as he told United Review:

“I must admit my heart sank a little when I learned just how long Nemanja Vidic was going to be out.

“He and Rio Ferdinand had become the cornerstone of our defence but Rio responded brilliantly, despite his back problem, and has now struck up a fine partnership with Jonny Evans.

“Jonny came to us from Belfast when he was 12 or 13, always exceptionally talented but gangly with physical issues growing up.

“We had him out on loan with Antwerp and Sunderland and now we are seeing the value of nurturing him.

“There is no doubt he has been helped playing alongside the experience of Rio and he is now arguably the best defender in the country.”