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Chris Smalling | Defensemen

Team: Manchester United
Age / DOB:  (25) / 11/22/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 198

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Chris Smalling had the match of his life as he scored twice off the bench replacing an injured Phil Jones and helped Manchester United take care of business against Burnley, 3-1.
United will have some worries in the physio room as both Jones and Daley Blind had to leave the match early due to injury but they got the result they expected and Smalling's head was a major reason. A corner kick was the first play upon his entrance and the ball was headed by Robin van Persie, then headed by Falcao, then headed by Smalling into goal. Then, with moments to go before halftime, Smalling bagged his surprising brace by heading in a nifty Angel Di Maria cross. United would put the game to bed in the second half, when Di Maria was taken down in the area by Scott Arfield, and van Persie convereted the penalty chance. Certainly if Jones is to miss any time, Smalling will figure to see some increased pitch time. Feb 11 - 4:52 PM
Source: NBC Sports

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Chris Smalling picked up an injury in training this week and will miss approximately two weeks including Friday's FA Cup match and Week 23 in the Premier League.

With experienced center backs Marcos Rojo and Phil Jones both healthy and Tyler Blackett and Paddy McNair gaining experience rapidly, Louis Van Gaal is unlikely to sweat the absences of Jonny Evans and Chris Smalling over the next two matches. It doesn't hurt that the opposition Manchester United will face isn't exactly fearsome with Cambridge United and bottom-of-the-league Leicester City on tap. Look for both defenders to recover for Week 24 in the Premier League.
Source: BBC Sport
Jan 23 - 11:35 AM

Chris Smalling has recovered sufficiently from his groin injury that he has a chance to feature in Manchester United's Boxing Day match with Newcastle United.

Exactly the sort of situation that fantasy managers hate. No one is exactly sure who will start if Louis Van Gaal has more than two experienced center backs available because it hasn't happened yet this season. With the news that Smalling may be available for Boxing Day along with the continued health of Jonny Evans and Phil Jones, LVG will face his first center back selection dilemma of the season. Fantasy managers should be on high alert and probably shouldn't be selecting any of the three for salary cap leagues until we know more about the manager's preferences.
Wed, Dec 24, 2014 10:17:00 AM

Jonny Evans returned to the Manchester United first team squad for the trip to St Marys’ on Monday and got his chance a lot sooner than expected following more than two months on the sidelines because of an ankle injury.

Having suffered several muscular problems already this term – groin & thigh – plus a sending-off Chris Smalling was enjoying his foray back into the starting eleven following his goal and clean sheet in game week 13. However barely ten minutes in against Southampton and the defender pulled up with a suspected groin tear which is likely to rule him out over the Christmas period. The return of Jonny Evans has proved timely while Rafael is also approaching full fitness – but Paddy McNair may need to wait a little longer before establishing himself in the first team after he was withdrawn before half-time - lacking confidence - following a number of basic errors.
Tue, Dec 9, 2014 06:39:00 PM

Chris Smalling had a nightmare defensive performance which culminated in receiving a second yellow card inside forty minutes and giving Manchester City the advantage that would eventually result in a 1-0 loss for Manchester United.

It is a bitter outcome for United as they came to play today. The sending off, coupled with a nasty shoulder injury for Marcos Rojo, created a sieve in the center of defense and City eventually capitalized with a goal. It is hard to fault any attacking players despite coming up empty, it would have surely been a different story had the two sides played the entire match 11 v 11. Still, Marouane Fellaini had an open header chance to level the match, but he missed. The Red Devils will hope to have Phil Jones available to them next weekend when they host Crystal Palace - Rojo looks destined to be out through the international break.
Source: NBC Sports
Sun, Nov 2, 2014 10:54:00 AM

Chris Smalling has joined Phil Jones and Jonny Evans among the injured center backs at Manchester United.

Already reeling after the come-from-ahead loss to Leicester City last weekend, the Manchester United defense was rocked by news that Chris Smalling will join Phil Jones, Jonny Evans (both injured) and Tyler Blackett (suspended) as unavailable for this weekend's home match with West Ham United. It seems likely that Marcos Rojo will move in to central defense and Luke Shaw will get his first Premier League start under Louis Van Gaal at left back. Still, you probably don't want much to do with United's defense or David De Gea given all of the injuries.
Fri, Sep 26, 2014 11:26:00 AM

With Phil Jones ruled out until sometime in October, Louis Van Gaal will get Chris Smalling back to face Leicester City.

Phil Jones' hamstring injury is apparently worse than initially thought and reports are indicating that the England defender will be out of action into October. Chris Smalling, however, has recovered from his groin issue in time to take Jones' place in the line-up against the Foxes assuming he is above Tyler Blackett in the pecking order after four weeks.
Fri, Sep 19, 2014 08:05:00 PM

Chris Smalling's groin issue will not be resolved in time for the defender to feature for Louis Van Gaal against QPR in Week 4.

Chris Smalling's opportunity to start may well be dwindling with the arrival of Marcos Rojo. When United are healthy - no sure thing so far this season - Van Gaal seems likely to go with Rojo, Evans and Jones as his central trio. With Jones out with what appears to be a minor injury, Chris Smalling might have had one more opportunity to stake his claim to one of those three spots but the match will come too soon for him to return to make an impression.
Fri, Sep 12, 2014 01:40:00 PM

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.
Fri, Aug 29, 2014 05:03:00 PM

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.
Tue, Aug 12, 2014 01:14:00 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.
Tue, Jul 22, 2014 01:16:00 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
Tue, Jun 24, 2014 10:45:00 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.
Tue, Jun 17, 2014 09:32:00 AM