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Smalling: Rio’s Advice Kept Tevez Quiet

Carlos Tevez has been crucial to City’s position in the table this season and is currently the 2nd highest scorer in the league, behind Dimitar Berbatov.

However, against Manchester United at Old Trafford, you wouldn’t have known he was even on the pitch, with the inexperienced Chris Smalling ensuring he was out of the game.

“The players around me make it so much easier,” said Smalling. “They are always talking to me. When I had my first touch I just felt like one of the other lads who play regularly every week. I was talking to Rio on Friday and he was giving me little pointers. He has played with and against Carlos Tevez for many years and seen him in training every day for a couple of years so he was giving me little bits of advice on how to play him. He was making the point that Carlos likes to feel the defenders at his back. So you let him have his touch before you move in and go for him. It was great advice because he is a tricky player. It was a really good challenge for me. To have that knowledge to tap into is incredible. You get so much feedback with players you are playing with, players who are injured like Rio and the many coaches we have. It really puts me at ease and allows you to enjoy the occasion. I am on a high now. I want to finish the season strongly. I hope I can prove to the manager that I can play a part. I am feeling really confident at the moment.”

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Scott is the editor of Red Matters - 50 Years of Supporting Manchester United and an author of Play Like Fergie's Boys and Not Nineteen Forever. He writes for ESPN, The Metro and Bleacher Report. Follow @R_o_M on Twitter.

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  1. smartalex says:

    Your home is your Old Trafford, so to speak, so flatten those night-crawling graffiti fucks!

  2. CedarsDevil says:


    Still no news from Willie or Costas, must be some socks they are using. Besides lets not forget it is Valentines after all… Guess we should give them space

  3. smartalex says:

    What about getting a few paintball guns, loaded up with red acetone balls. Blast and spray red.

  4. mikekelly12 says:

    Oh yeah, forgot about those twats! Man City of the Non league. There manager’s a right dodgy twat too!!

  5. smartalex says:

    If they trudge in wearing wellies don’t say anything.

  6. CedarsDevil says:

    Acetone? That might damage the nail polish which Willie will use…. rather it was water based

    Think Costas will agree

  7. smartalex says:

    Could it be that they are on a double date? If it’s space they’re looking for, wastelands on matchdays, or city’s trophy cabinet anytime are their best bet.

  8. smartalex says:

    The paintball guns are for the bitter graffiti fuckers! We can’t shoot Costas and Willierednut!
    Can we?

  9. CedarsDevil says:

    Double date or simply A date? Been wondering about those 2 for a while

    Not judging by any means, they are United fans after all

  10. smartalex says:

    Jealousy rears it’s head! No, can’t be jealousy, that’s green. What emotion is Red? and grey?

  11. CedarsDevil says:

    Red is love and life……… Grey is in between

    Blue is envy, hate and why the fuck am I alive

  12. smartalex says:

    When they say ‘he turned blue’ you know he’s dead. I know because I’m well red.

  13. mikekelly12 says:

    The definition of blue in the oxford dictionary is depressed, moody, or unhappy……

  14. smartalex says:

    Another tremendous video MrRyandunny! Thank you!
    I wondered if you heard when I read a request on RoM for a link to Smalling v City.
    You will get many views. Perhaps 101gg will link it. StR?

  15. CedarsDevil says:

    Still no sign of Willie or Costas………………. Must be some sort of an orgy.

  16. Ryandunny says:


    Scott asked me to make one… he might put it up on the site in a minute!
    I certainly got a ton of views on my last video thanks to RoM!
    Thanks again for the praise!

  17. Kratik Malhotra says:

    Rio is a legend
    Smalling is improving.
    Like Smalling, another man who could come to United is Charlie Adam
    Have a read:
    Cheers :)

  18. King Eric says:

    Cedars Devil – Hello pal, you well? Yes I have indeed noticed that Silva has a huge fucking head and tiny body. He had a decent game on Saturday to be fair.

    Watching the Madrid mob last night and those cunts WILL NOT slag them off at all. Saying Casillas is the worlds best keeper. Is he fuck . Our Edwin is head and shoulders above that poster boy twat. They were blaming their poor play on Internationals! Fuck off. They had an extra day to fucking recover seeing as they didn’t play till late last night. Xabi Alonso had a fucking nightmare. REALLY hope we draw these fuckers as we could quite easily put them out. Cannot handle pace at the back four and keep Ronnie quiet and they are shite.

  19. smartalex says:

    Ryandunny there was a request previously for links to a Gary Neville celebrations video. He really explodes with emotion! It is cheeky to mention it, but hey. There are so many ideas, so much incredible footage of so many wonderful players and legends! I imagine you get quite distracted when creating each masterpiece.

  20. CedarsDevil says:

    King Eric

    Hope we get Real at some stage too mate. Fucking overrated pieces of shit, to me they are no more than city, only difference is the color of the kit they wear…

  21. Ryandunny says:

    smartalex…. be difficult to get clips of celebrations…. I would love to make a load of videos but very difficult to get good quality clips especially with the copyright youtube have.

    I wanted to make a video of a load of trademark Scholes tackles….very difficult! ha

    If i can make one of RedNev I’ll post it here!

  22. willierednut says:

    Ryan – Make one of Megan Fox mate.

  23. smartalex says:

    Ryandunny I emailed the RoM link to 101gg for the Smalling v city. I don’t know if that works, but I expect so. Or maybe there’s another way?

    Megan Fox mating is one video I’d like to star in.

  24. TonyBee says:


    then I woke up………!!

  25. smartalex says:

    TonyBee are sure that wasn’t Methane Sox!

  26. TonyBee says:

    One of the two……!!

  27. smartalex says:

    A prickly pair.

  28. Costas says:


    No orgy, lol. Just keeping myself busy and trying to get by VDay. :D

  29. NWAIWU FELIX says:

    Christ m was exceptionally ok.As 4 rooney’s goal, I can’t stop watching his goal over & over.

  30. smartalex says:

    Or genie in a bottle. a good few rubs and your wish is granted.

  31. willierednut says:

    “What is this, the fucking UN now”

  32. smartalex says:

    “Everyone’s got an opinion?”

  33. Dave Malaysia says:

    @MG; have u done yr valentine thingy yet? lol

    @willierednut: as close to un this is

    @smartalex; evely body gotta opinionn .

  34. smartalex says:

    Welcome home Dave! Did you hear? We are top of the league!

  35. MG says:

    Dave Malaysia

    Done mate done :)

    Cooked a meal from scratch flowers candlelights :)

    Well impressive – the secret to what women want? I do believe it’s learning how to cook and make better food than they can make for you :)

  36. smartalex says:

    Cooked a meal from scratch – chicken?

  37. MG says:

    Meatball Pasta smartalex

    I did Grilled marinated chicken day before

    No today I’m not cooking mate I’m painting :)

    Might do a pistachio berry ice cream tomorrow – might :) Just feel like ice cream…

  38. willierednut says:

    Dave – Too right mate.

  39. smartalex says:

    Wow MG, you’ll be getting visitors around meal times if you’re not careful!
    It’s not the kitchen ceiling that you’re painting over smoke stains, is it?

  40. MG says:


    Nice one mate but no – it’s the laundry room ceiling that fell down due to a burst pipe last month when the weather was bad – just had it re plastered so saving myself some money and painting that.

    Everyone’s welcome at my house mate :) Well not if your Summerbee tonyp and them lot lol :)

  41. smartalex says:

    If tonyp pitches up, send him to Cedars with paint stripper and a scrubbing brush.

    How about a Manchester United watermark next time?

  42. willierednut says:

    If Tonyp turns up, we’ve got to break this guys back.

  43. MG says:


    Ha ha ha – I will do – sounds like a plan :)

  44. james says:

    Chris Smalling was excellent. His attitude is excellent. I like this lad!

    He knows if he carries on performing his time will come when he gets picked on a regular basis. I can see him stepping into Rio’s boots sooner rather than later!

    Put the lotion in the basket

  45. Football Formation Creator says:

    He did play very well, Tevez hardly got a sniff. From a neutral watching the match he was one of the best players.


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