Smalling: the centre-back getting it all right

Chris Smalling

Chris Smalling’s international début in England’s 3-0 win over Bulgaria in marked another step in the rapid rise of the 21-year-old defender, who has progressed from semi-pro to confident international in three years. And Greenwich-born Smalling, who once turned out for Maidstone United in non-league, has won international honours despite switching to right-back this season […]

Ferdinand ready to fight ticking clock

Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand is facing up to the autumn of his career, with three young central defenders ready to challenge the 32-year-old for a place in Sir Alex Ferguson’s team. But, says Ferdinand, Jonny Evans, Chris Smalling and new signing Phil Jones will have to prove they are hungrier than the Peckham-born defender […]

Is Smalling, not Evans, Ferdinand’s natural successor?

Chris Smalling

Whatever the travails of Jonny Evans this season – it has been the worst campaign of the Irishman’s short career – the greatest stumbling block to the 22-year-old’s progress might be close to home. Indeed, Chris Smalling drew praise from Sir Alex Ferguson, declaring the player as the “club’s future” following an assured display against Stoke […]

Reds unveil kids, lose sight of value

New signings

Manchester United officially unveiled summer signings Javier Hernández, Bébé and Chris Smalling at an Old Trafford press conference today, with manager Sir Alex Ferguson claiming that nobody in the market is better than now available in his squad. The trio, signed for around £25 million atage 20-22, represent the club’s future said Ferguson. Ferguson, who is effectively […]

United seal £8 million Smalling deal

Chris Smalling

Manchester United has successfully tied up a deal Fulham’s 20-year-old central defender Chris Smalling. The confirmed £8 million deal comes as United headed off interest in the player from Arsenal. It is a remarkable rise to the top for the player who joined Fulham in June 2008 from non-league Maidstone United. “Manchester United has agreed […]