Wes Brown has leapt to the defence of Manchester United's new generation of defenders.
An avalanche of criticism has followed since they were humbled 4-0 by West Ham in the Carling Cup this week.
Jonny Evans in particular has been heavily criticised for his performance in that game, but Brown says the youngsters are good enough for United.
"We have some fantastic young players at the back," Brown told Inside United.
"You could play a good back five with some of them in there; Ben Amos in goal, Rafael at right-back, Jonny Evans and Chris Smalling in the centre and Fabio at left-back. That is the next generation.
"When you talk about becoming a top defender, some times it is down to time.
"Of course you need talent but you also need experience of dealing with the pressure at the top level and the different scenarios you face as a defender.
"These young lads will learn a lot from every game they play."
The Brazilian twins Fabio and Rafael have made their names as rampaging full-backs, but question marks continue to linger about their defensive frailties.
Indeed, Rafael's dismissal against Bayern Munich last season in the UEFA Champions League has been used a case in point.
Brown, though, refutes this notion, saying: "They are great lads who train so hard. They just have this great desire to win.
"You can see whenever they play they are totally focussed on doing their best for the team - and see how much they love driving forward as well as defending.
"As long as they keep progressing, I don't see any reason why they can't become our first-choice full-backs in future."
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