Manchester United defender Chris Smalling is thriving on his lead role at Old Trafford this season as he continues to dominate opponents. The England international has grown into United’s key defensive figure in 2015-16, helping Louis van Gaal’s men to three consecutive Premier League clean sheets alongside makeshift centre-back partner Daley Blind and full-backs Luke Shaw and Matteo Darmian.
“I have always liked that competition with the striker and obviously Daley is not that sort of centre-back who is going to dominate so it’s a case of I take that mantle on and I am enjoying it,” the defender told reporters. “I feel like I am playing well and I am enjoying my football. It is good to keep playing each game and knowing that there are not too many changes at the moment because we are doing well, so I hope to keep that up.