Chris Smalling admits that what he loves most about being a Manchester United defender at Old Trafford is that he gets to kick people…
Manchester United defender Chris Smalling admits that he loves playing as a defender, and enjoys getting stuck in when he has to, according to ManUtd.com.
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Despite a number of poor performances this season, Smalling has become an important part of the Red Devils defence. The 25-year-old has been a major factor in their four game winning streak, and will be hoping to see it continue against Southampton on Monday.
He came in for a great deal of criticism after his display against Manchester City, with the England international seeing red in the first half and condemning his side to defeat.
With a number of his teammates set to return from injury soon, he could face competition for a starting spot in Louis van Gaal’s side. He did however, reveal that he is thoroughly enjoying his football at the moment.
“I always have been a defender growing up and it’s just a case, first and foremost, to not let the attacker get a sniff. You must be tight and aggressive and give them the odd kick if you have to, and it is what I enjoy,” he said.
“The other side is getting to play out nice passes from the back and watch the team do well. But, ultimately, I must make sure we’re preventing goals and stopping strikers and that’s something I always enjoy, which is why I play in that position.”
Injuries have meant an ever changing back line for Manchester United this season, but for the next game or two at least Smalling is likely to continue at centre-back.