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Top Journos Explain Why Hodgson Is So Keen On Smalling

Top Journos Explain Why Hodgson Is So Keen On Smalling

Speaking with RoM for the World Cup preview, Martin Lipton and Dom Fifield have discussed the inclusion of Phil Jones and Chris Smalling in the England squad. Martin Lipton, chief football writer for The Mirror They are favourites of Roy Hodgson; and what might be hard for many United fans to get their heads around [...]

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Have the right United players been chosen for the squad?

Roy Hodgson announced his England squad for the World Cup yesterday and Wayne Rooney, Danny Welbeck, Phil Jones and Chris Smalling were all selected. Tom Cleverley and Michael Carrick are on the standby list. It’s no surprise that Rooney is on the plane to Rio. Despite having rarely performed well for England, and having not [...]

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VIDEO: United’s goals vs Hull

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Smalling: Time to bounce back against Liverpool

Chris Smalling is pleased that we face Liverpool tonight so that we have the opportunity to redeem ourselves after Sunday’s embarrassing derby performance. “I think it’s good there’s a big game coming up against Liverpool so we can try to hit back,” he told the official site. “We normally reply with a good result. Sunday’s [...]

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VIDEO: Welbeck, Smalling, Fabio, Januzaj and Lingard’s goals vs Kitchee

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Smalling: I got mobbed picking up Kagawa

Speaking in Japan, Chris Smalling revealed how much of a star Shinji Kagawa is in his own country. “Shinji’s a massive icon in Japan,” he told the official site. “Me and Ashley Young picked him up on the way over to an event on Monday morning and as soon as we got out of the [...]

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STATS: Our defenders compared to Chelsea’s, City’s and Arsenal’s

STATS: Our defenders compared to Chelsea’s, City’s and Arsenal’s

Tackles per game Minutes per foul Passing accuracy Tackles won Ground duels won Aerial duals won Interceptions per game

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STATS: Season review – The defence

STATS: Season review – The defence

Summary of defensive impact – Evra (82%), Smalling (80%) and Evans (76%) won the largest proportion of their tackles. – Ferdinand (74%), Evans (72%) and Vidic (61%) won the largest proportion of ground duels. – Vidic (67%), Smalling (64%) and Jones/Evra (62%) won the largest proportion of aerial duals. – Rafael (10 minutes), Evra (11 [...]

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Smalling: Van Persie Gets On Really Well With The Lads

Smalling: Van Persie Gets On Really Well With The Lads

Chris Smalling has hailed the signing of Robin van Persie, claiming that he had an impact on his team mates from the first training session. “It’s his overall approach and the way he goes about things,” Smalling told the official site. “You can just tell he’s top class. I remember when he first joined in [...]

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Carrick: United Produce English Talent

Carrick: United Produce English Talent

Manchester United have produced more English talent for the national team than any other club but when looking at the younger players in the England squad you could argue they don’t match the ability of the so-called “golden generation”. When asked whether he thought there were enough good English players coming through, Michael Carrick sung [...]

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Smalling: My Dreams Have Come True

Smalling: My Dreams Have Come True

Chris Smalling, who was playing for non-league Maidstone United five years ago, has spoken about how his dreams have come true, despite once believing he wouldn’t make it. Smalling, who grew up supporting Arsenal, chose Manchester United over his boyhood club in January 2010 and has gone from strength to strength since moving to Old Trafford. [...]

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Smalling: Ronaldo Came In To Dressing Room For A Chat

Smalling: Ronaldo Came In To Dressing Room For A Chat

Chris Smalling was named in the match day squad at the Bernabeu a few weeks ago and was impressed with how fondly Cristiano Ronaldo responded to his former club and team mates. “He came in and was chatting a lot with the players he knew,” he said. “It was good to see. It shows the [...]

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Smalling: De Gea At Home At United

Smalling: De Gea At Home At United

David de Gea was voted our player of the month in February on the official website and Chris Smalling has supported this accolade, claiming that the young Spaniard has now settled in Manchester. “When he first joined, he didn’t speak too much English so it was a hard transition but he has taken to it [...]

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Smalling: United Drills Winning Mentality In To Players

Smalling: United Drills Winning Mentality In To Players

Chris Smalling has hailed Manchester United’s winning mentality, claiming that having experienced players like Ryan Giggs and Rio Ferdinand ensures that the younger players know exactly what is expected from them. “At this club it’s always drilled in to me: ‘Make sure you’re a winner, go about off the pitch like you’re a winner.’ It [...]

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Smalling: Rooney Gives Everything To The Team

Smalling: Rooney Gives Everything To The Team

Chris Smalling has claimed that training sessions at Carrington provide him with everything he needs to improve as a defender, when being pitted against the likes of Robin van Persie, Wayne Rooney, Javier Hernandez and Danny Welbeck on a daily basis. “I get tested each day which is what I need,” said Smalling. “One minute [...]

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