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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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Reports suggest Manchester United are considering a move for Sergio Ramos after AS confirmed talks over a new contract - at Real Madrid - have broken down.
The story alleges Madrid are unhappy with the players attitude and following an initial offer to extend – which was rejected – the super club are unwilling to submit an improved deal and may choose to cash-in on their prized asset. Despite boasting the fourth best defensive record in the BPL last term Louis van Gaal has prioritised recruitment at the back due to ongoing fitness concerns surrounding Chris Smalling / Phil Jones and a move for the Spain international (capped 128 times) would represent excellent business. Rafael and Jonny Evans are also expected to leave the club during the transfer window. Jerome Boateng is another player linked with a potential move to Old Trafford - a fee of around $30 million would be required to take the German international away from Bayern Munich. Jun 22 - 3:43 AM
Source: The Metro


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Chris Smalling and Phil Jones have forged an effective partnership at the center of Manchester United's defense over the second half of the season.

Chris Smalling was seemingly on the verge of a summer exit from Manchester United after a disappointing spell at the club saw him fail to establish himself as a first team regular. With rumors swirling about a move away, the former Fulham man has asserted himself over the second half of the season and forged a solid, if not spectacular partnership with Phil Jones. The two have rarely been healthy at the same time this season. Louis Van Gaal's approach to central defense over the summer will be very interesting given that he could have his answer on the roster already if they can stay healthy.
Source: Yahoo.com
May 21 - 5:18 PM

Chris Smalling led a poor group of Manchester United fantasy performances as the Red Devils fell to Everton 3-0 in Week 34.

No Manchester United player reached double digits in fantasy production in the Yahoo format but Chris Smalling got the closest as he picked up 9 in the loss. Smalling's points came from six passes intercepted, one shot on target, and a tackle won while he gave one back for a foul committed. That Smalling was fantasy-relevant in a week when United were beaten badly shows how far he has come in the second half of this season. The worry is that United seem to be stumbling down the stretch which could limit his upside for the final four weeks of the season.
Source: Yahoo.com
Apr 30 - 9:44 AM

Chris Smalling faces a race to be fit enough for Manchester United's match against Aston Villa.

Smalling came off dramatically in England's friendly against Italy in mid-week and Louis Van Gaal indicated that Smalling is still a big doubt for the weekend. Caution is probably the better part of valor with Smalling as Villa aren't strong enough opponents to risk rushing him back.
Source: espnfc
Apr 3 - 11:23 AM

There were concerns in the Manchester United camp on Tuesday as England defender Chris Smalling was ushered from the pitch during the first half friendly against Italy in Turin.

However a spokesman for the FA confirmed that Smalling was withdrawn after "feeling unwell" giving the United defender every chance of recovery before the visit of Aston Villa this weekend. Louis van Gaal’s side could be further boosted by the news that Dutch striker Robin van Persie is pushing for a recall although a place on the bench is the best he can hope for after 6 weeks out plus the form of captain Wayne Rooney. With Marcos Rojo back up to full fitness the treatment room at the Anon Training Complex is looking a little sparse with only Luke Shaw and James Wilson currently sidelined although the pair are close to a comeback.
Source: The Mirror
Apr 1 - 7:55 AM

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.

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.
Source: espnfc.com
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.
Source: ESPNFC.com
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