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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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Smalling: Floodlight Failure Helped Us

The first half of United’s 3-1 win was possibly the most boring football we’ve played all season and when we went 1-0 down, we could hardly complain. Then there was a power cut, the players went off the pitch, then when they returned, with the addition of Robin van Persie, turned the game around. Smalling [...]

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Fergie And Rio Row Resolved

Sir Alex Ferguson has today revealed that any issues with Rio Ferdinand over his refusal to where a Kick It Out t-shirt on Saturday have been resolved. “I always feel a union is stronger than an individual,” he added. “It’s important he airs his grievances to the right people, the FA.” Ferguson has also confirmed [...]

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Smalling Out For Ten Weeks

Chris Smalling has been ruled out for a further ten weeks with a broken metatarsal having just recovered from a thigh injury. He is likely to miss the opening six league games of the season and his injury will be felt for heavily because Jonny Evans will still be recovering from an operation.

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Vidic And Smalling Fit For Season Start

Sir Alex Ferguson has today confirmed that Nemanja Vidic and Chris Smalling will be fit for the start of the season, although Jonny Evans is likely to be missing for the first few weeks as he recovers from an operation. “Evans has had an operation,” he said. “I’m not sure he’ll start the season but [...]

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Rooney: Welbeck Always Practices That Finish In Training

Rooney: Welbeck Always Practices That Finish In Training

Danny Welbeck scored the winning goal for England in their 3-2 victory over Sweden this week. A sublime finish saw England in a great position to get out of the group, however, some people doubted whether Danny meant it. Wayne Rooney has today confirmed that Welbeck is always practising that finish in training and he [...]

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