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20/11/2013 12:52, Report by Adam Marshall
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Pally: Defence can rotate

parts to play for everybody. It is a squad game now and has been for a number of years.

"Dealing with a squad of this size is something David has got to get used to. He never quite had that luxury at Everton. One of the great things Sir Alex did was keep everybody happy and make them all feel they were playing a part and were very important to that team. David has got that to work with now."

Pallister believes Northern Ireland international Evans has a good case to be one of the first choices in big games while Ferdinand and Vidic could be used sensibly.

"David Moyes is still trying to find out which is his best partnership," added the former centre-back. "Rio and Vida started the season and we conceded some bad goals, which was not always down to those two in particular. The team as a whole has got to defend.

"Rio has been out of the firing line a little bit and Nemanja has come in and out. I think Rio will be handled in the same way as Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes. Nemanja had a serious injury and won't play every game. But Moyes has got great players like Smalling, Jones and Evans, who I think was outstanding last year and I feel he has a shout to be a permanent fixture.

"Phil Jones has played in midfield and right-back and you can feel sorry for Phil in that respect. It's not very conducive to finding your best form if you're getting put in all these positions. I certainly wouldn't want to have played at

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