ESPN – Despite Smalling’s extension, Man United could look to rebuild defence

ESPN FC's Steve Nicol questions if Chris Smalling is the long-term answer for Manchester United's back line after the club announced the defender's new contract through 2019. When met with criticism from the media, Louis van Gaal has repeatedly boasted about Manchester United's defensive record this season. “When you read the papers back from the beginning and you have seen the criticism of all our defenders, and now we are the third in the Premier League table in conceding goals,” the manager said, ahead of United's 2-1 win at Liverpool. “We never have had compliments. They have said our defenders were very lousy — but we have the same defenders and they are still saying…

GUARDIAN – The Gallery: Jordan Henderson

This week’s winner is Morgan Jones, who gets a copy of Shirt Tales & Short Stories: the lost world of football kits. Get in touch to claim your prize. Next week we’d like your takes on Paul Pogba. Send your efforts to gallery@theguardian.com by noon on Monday 27 April as a jpeg, complete with a caption. Anyone who forgets will be drafted on to Bayern Munich’s medical staff Continue reading…