Manchester United have been superb defensively recently, and that is largely down to a certain Chris Smalling, who has rapidly improved over the last year. Smalling has spoken to the media, and revealed his happiness at how he has stayed injury-free, allowing him to keep learning whilst playing games.
“I have been happy with the past year, I have stayed relatively injury-free and have been able to play games and keep learning.” Smalling began.
“Towards the end of last season and in the summer, somebody needed to step up and make sure they were consistent.”
“In the last couple of years we have had a lot of injuries in the CB positions, so I have been happy to stay injury-free.”
There is no doubting that the fact he has been injury free is the main reason why he is playing so well. Youngsters need that consistency, and over the past twelve months Smalling has turned into one of the best defenders in the country.