Chris Smalling saw red during the first half after two silly yellow cards, that had even the most ardent of United fans claiming that he deserved them.
Manchester City were there for the taking and despite United making a pretty good show of hunting for an equaliser, the fact that Smalling’s ending off left them with ten men made it virtually impossible.
That of course cannot disguise the fact that the entire United back four was already a make shift one and that at least one top centre back should have been purchased during the summer.
Given that was not the case, United have a bit of work to do in the January transfer window and we have come up with five players who they could possibly look to sign.
Click on Vlaar to see the five defenders we think could replace Chris Smalling this winter.
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