Man United boss David Moyes is content to let his current crop of central defenders have first shot at replacing Nemanja Vidic.
Vidic has confirmed his intention to seek a fresh challenge when his contract expires in the summer.
With Rio Ferdinand virtually certain to be leaving Old Trafford as well, it means Moyes must plan for life without the two men who have been the cornerstone of the Red Devils' defence for almost a decade.
Numerous big names are bound to be linked with a summer transfer.
However, in Jonny Evans, Phil Jones and Chris Smalling, Moyes already has players with a combined total of 384 United appearances to call upon, in addition to 49 international caps and six league titles.
And while some may question whether the trio have what it takes to fill such vast shoes, Moyes will give them the chance.
"People who know football will tell you centre-half is probably the toughest position," said Moyes.
"I even think it is harder to play centre-half than goalkeeper now.
"The movement and quality of the centre forwards means it is very difficult to play a young centre-half.
"We are trying to nurture one along and bring them into the team.
"Phil Jones, Chris Smalling, Jonny Evans are already here. We will give them an opportunity to show what they are capable of."