Manchester United Football Club have done a good job at culling the squad over the last twelve months, although one player is set to return following the expiration of a loan deal. Chris Smalling is ‘gutted’ to be leaving AS Roma.
The English centre-half has spent the season on loan with the Serie A giants, putting in some mightily impressive performances this term too.
After Ole Gunnar Solskjaer sanctioned the move, it looked as if there was no way back for Smalling. Now, though, he could be set for another chance.
It seems as though United and Roma haven’t been able to come to an agreement in regards to a permanent Smalling move. Now, the Reds loanee has taken to Twitter to admit he’s ‘gutted’ to be leaving the club early. He’ll now return to Old Trafford.
Perhaps the fact that United could well meet Roma in the Europa League quarter-final has something to do with it. Maybe Solskjaer has seen enough for Smalling to give him another shot at winning his starting job back. Who knows at this point?
Back in April, we covered a story from The Sun which stated that Roma were in financial difficulty. Perhaps they simply couldn’t afford to sign Smalling permanently and that’s the reason behind his return.
Can Smalling make his mark at United?
Make no mistake about it, there’s a starting centre-back spot up for grabs. Harry Maguire isn’t going anywhere, however, doubts still remain about the other position.
You look at Victor Lindelof who still looks shaky at times, Phil Jones and Eric Bailly are constantly injured while Axel Tuanzebe is still an unknown quantity.
I guess now what it comes down to is if there’s a club out there who are willing to meet United’s financial demands for Smalling. If not, he could well be a part of the main squad in the 2020/21 season.