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Smalling: Van Gaal listens to us

Chris Smalling has given his backing to Louis van Gaal, claiming that the manager’s communication with the players is spot on. He’s got his way of working and his philosophy but what people don’t see is the communication among the players. We have meetings about how we’ll press a team or how we’ll play a [...]

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Schneiderlin: We are very happy that De Gea is committed to United

Schneiderlin: We are very happy that De Gea is committed to United

David de Gea was minutes away from signing for Real Madrid in the summer but thankfully the deal collapsed. It’s worrying to think what state Manchester United would be in if we didn’t have De Gea playing in goal. Following his man of the match performance against Liverpool, Morgan Schneiderlin has sung his praises. David [...]

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Smalling: Getting dropped has helped Rooney

Smalling: Getting dropped has helped Rooney

Louis van Gaal dropped Wayne Rooney from the starting line-up for the first time since taking over as manager for Manchester United’s 2-0 defeat against Stoke on Boxing Day. In 2016, Rooney has scored in every single game, with five goals in four games, including the winner yesterday at Anfield. Chris Smalling reckons that being [...]

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Manchester United 2015 review – The defence

Manchester United 2015 review – The defence

David de Gea – @JamesMUFC77 As we entered 2015, the cloud looming over De Gea was his contract which was set to expire at the end of the season amid speculation that his heart was set on a move to Real Madrid. The speculation didn’t distract De Gea from his duties as he maintained his [...]

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Smalling: Silly to say we’re not playing for LvG

Smalling: Silly to say we’re not playing for LvG

Manchester United have failed to score in their last eight games at Old Trafford, drawing seven and losing one. Their current form is the worst in the Premier League, with Aston Villa the only side to pick as few points as United in the past six games. However, Chris Smalling insists that the team are [...]

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Smalling: The fans have a right to boo

Following Manchester United’s 0-0 draw with West Ham, there were loud boos at the final whistle, with the fans becoming increasingly frustrated that the players can’t stick the ball in the back of the net. Despite creating over 20 chances to score, United found the target with just one of them, and Chris Smalling acknowledges [...]

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STATS: Smalling’s improvement over the past season

STATS: Smalling’s improvement over the past season
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Smalling: Fans will see “attack” chant is naive

During the spell of three 0-0 draws, Manchester United fans aired their frustration with chants of “attack, attack, attack!” Even during the first half of the Champions League game against CSKA Moscow the chants could be heard, despite United playing good, attacking football. Chris Smalling has claimed fans will feel naive if United win something [...]

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Jones: Smalling is a great leader

Phil Jones has sung the praises of his defensive partner, Chris Smalling, and hopes that the pair can get more playing time together. I hope there is the potential for a partnership between us. Every time I play with Chris, we’re comfortable. I think he’s a great leader and we complement each other well. I [...]

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Rooney: Smalling is one of the best in the world

The transformation of Chris Smalling over the past year has been immense, with him going from a liability at the back to our most dependable defender. Wayne Rooney has sung the praises of his teammate, claiming he is one of the top three in the world for his position. He has been incredible and for [...]

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Smalling: City were hanging on for a point

Chris Smalling had another good game for Manchester United in our 0-0 draw with Manchester City. Our defender believes we were the better team and deserved the win but he is happy with the clean sheet. I think we probably edged it overall with the chances we had in the second half. Towards the end, [...]

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POLL: Do you think Smalling is captain material?

“Wayne Rooney is the captain and so you don’t have worry and then (vice-captain) Michael Carrick, but when they are gone then Chris Smalling can do that, so I push him also in that situation,” Louis van Gaal said of Smalling.

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Smalling: I couldn’t turn down Ferguson

Chris Smalling has reflected on when he made his move from Fulham to Manchester United, not long after he had been playing non-league football. It happened so fast. I was getting settled at Fulham, then to have that interest so quickly was a dream. To know that Sir Alex Ferguson wanted you to play for [...]

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Arsenal Preview: Five Keys to Victory

Arsenal Preview: Five Keys to Victory

Arsenal Preview: Five Keys to Victory It has been a superb fornight for Louis van Gaal and Manchester United. Since returning from Eindhoven deflated from both a 2-1 defeat and the long-term loss of Luke Shaw, the Reds have responded in style, notching four consecutive victories and sitting pretty at the top of the Premier [...]

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LvG: Praise Smalling, not me

Over the past year, Chris Smalling has proven himself as one of the best defenders in the Premier League, which is something Louis van Gaal has been credited with doing. Smalling has repeatedly claimed that the manager has helped him improve, but Van Gaal, modestly, insists Smalling deserves all the credit. I think the player, [...]

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