Manchester United face a transfer battle this summer to replenish their stock of central defenders with Nemanja Vidic joining Inter Milan and Rio Ferdinand approaching the end of his current contract.
It has been an odd season defensively for David Moyes’ side - as they have struggled where last season they seemed so strong at the back.
Chris Smalling and Phil Jones have had to be the lead defenders for much of the season because of injuries to the more senior players - and as expected with their respected youth comes inevitable mistakes and learning curves.
Last term it was Ferdinand and Jonny Evans who took the lead for much of the campaign - but this season has been one to forget for the Northern Irishman.
Injury has proven a big problem for him this campaign - while when he was fit he did not seem to be a favourite of the new United boss.
But as he closes in on a return to first-team action he has been speaking to United fanzine United Uncovered about his time at the club - and revealed some very interesting points.
The 26-year-old from Belfast joined up with United in 2004 and he has revealed that it has always been a dream of his to play for the club - a club he has supported since he was a boy.
“It's hard to put into words exactly what Manchester United means to me. From a young age, I was fanatical about United and I used to cry when the team lost. That's how much it meant as a kid. Now I feel really privileged to pull on the shirt and go out there and try to make a difference and represent the fans on the pitch.”
But perhaps most interestingly was his father’s previous links with Chelsea - which helped him to understand the process of trying to make it as a pro in England:
“I was fortunate in that my dad had been at Chelsea when he was younger. He'd moved to London when he was 16, so he'd gone through that process and knew that I was still a bit away, even though I was only nine and I was getting really excited. He was telling me that there's still so much to go.”
United fans will now hope to see some of Evans in action before the end of the season - while he will also hope to get some playing time.
Then comes next season - where hope will be high that he can repeat his form of 2012-13.