Nemanja Vidic has sung the praises of Chris Smalling following another impressive display from the youngster last night. His confidence on the ball shone through against Bursaspor, earning himself a pat on the back from the captain.

“Chris did very well but you are not just talking about one night, he has done well over the last few games,” said Vidic. “He has proved the boss was right to give him his chance. Rio has obviously had trouble with injuries over the last year. Given it was such a long trip and we have important games to come, it was a good chance for Chris. He has good players around him to learn from and has the ability, intelligence and physique to do well.”

Whilst Smalling is obviously pleased to get the praise, he believes a lot of it is down to the influence of Vida and Rio Ferdinand.

“The likes of Rio and Vida have been brilliant,” said Smalling. “They help guide you through games and I am learning from them all the time. They deserve credit too. They have really helped me to settle in and my confidence is sky high at the moment.”