Defender will be sold by Manchester United this summer: report

Chris Smalling will be sold by Manchester United this summer, according to The Independent. The 27-year-old has dropped down the pecking order at the Theatre of Dreams, and he isn’t optimistic regarding his chances of remaining a Red Devil.

The arrival of Victor Lindelof all-but confirmed his future, and although Jose Mourinho hasn’t outlined whether or not he will be a part of his squad for the 2017/18 season, the player is expecting to leave.

It is thought that the centre-back will attract interest, with the likes of Newcastle United, West Ham United and Everton all keen – which tells you everything you need to know about his ability, as not one of the other top six sides are mentioned.

Smalling is an interesting one. At times, he has looked absolutely brilliant back there and he certainly has an impressive trophy haul. However, under Mourinho, he has looked every bit the non-league footballer that he once was; which is obviously a real shame.

Honestly, as a squad player I wouldn’t mind keeping him around but for me, he shouldn’t be a week-in-week-out starter for a side that wants to challenge for multiple major honours.

I guess that is a sentiment echoed by Mourinho, because if he had full trust in Smalling, I doubt that we’d have been in the market for a new centre-back.

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