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Chris Smalling | Defensemen

Team: Manchester United
Age / DOB:  (24) / 11/22/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 198

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Manchester United's defense continues to have injury issues as Chris Smalling will miss Week 3 against Burnley after limping off in Week 2 at Sunderland.
After losing Rio Ferdinand, Nemanja Vidic and Patrice Evra over the summer Manchester United were a bit thin at the back. With new recruits Luke Shaw (injury) and Marcos Rojo (work permit) not yet available, they are thinner still. Returning defenders Rafael and Jonny Evans have been absent so far this season as well which has left relative youngsters Phil Jones and Chris Smalling to anchor a defense made up of kids and midfielders. Just when the light at the end of the tunnel (Evans returning) looked like it was coming, Chris Smalling went out injured with a groin issue. Looks like it will be Valencia, Jones, Evans, Blackett, and Ashley Young at Burnley. Aug 29 - 5:03 PM

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Sky Sports is reporting that Manchester United is close to bringing Marcos Rojo to Old Trafford to play as the left defender in Louis Van Gaal's 3-5-2 formation.

After a relatively quiet summer for a club that fell so short of expectations last season, Manchester United could be slowly putting their transfer machine into gear. Sky's report goes on to indicate that Rojo has handed in a transfer request to Sporting Lisbon in an effort to push the move through. Earlier reports indicated that Sporting and United had yet to agree on a price for the Argentine but it certainly sounds like things are going in the right direction for a move.
Aug 12 - 1:14 PM

Manchester United have reportedly signed German defender Mats Hummels for a fee of $28 million.

$28 million is a fair price for a defender of his caliber, as Hummels showed in the World Cup that he is a World Class defender. He fills an immediate need for Manchester United's new manager Louis van Gaal and should be a starter on day one. van Gaal is an attacking minded coach but Manchester's defensive line is looking better and better and Hummels should be a great fantasy option if he does indeed join the Premier League.
Jul 22 - 1:16 AM

England Starting XI vs Costa Rica: Foster; Jones, Cahill, Smalling, Shaw; Milner, Lampard, Wilshere, Barkley, Lallana; Sturridge.

In a weird move, Roy Hodgson named his starting lineup yesterday. He chose to start a lot of players that didn't feature in the first two games in a very experimental lineup that doesn't feature Wayne Rooney and a few of the other stars that were supposed to carry England through the World Cup. Hodgson will get a lot of blame for England's performance at the World Cup and this lineup will also be questioned.
Source: Squawka
Jun 24 - 10:45 AM

Yesterday brought us rumors of Thomas Vermaelen to Manchester United and today brings rumors of Chris Smalling and/or Tom Cleverley heading in the opposite direction.

Let's start with the reality that swap deals almost never happen in soccer so we're taking this with a grain of salt. As far as swap rumors go though, including Chris Smalling in this sort of transaction wouldn't be a bad idea for either side. Why would Arsenal want him? He's young, versatile, English (meaning he counts as home grown), theoretically still has some upside, and isn't sufficiently accomplished that he would have a case to complain when Mertesacker and Koscielny start ahead of him. The case for bringing in Cleverley as makeweight is less clear unless his regression is being blamed on David Moyes.
Jun 17 - 9:32 AM