In his weekly presser, Sir Alex confirmed that centre-back Chris Smalling is still not ready for a first team return, but he is now ‘not far away’ which is encouraging. He is yet to feature for United this season, and with our problems at the back, his return cannot come quick enough.
Sir Alex said: “We have no injuries from last Sunday or Wednesday. Chris Smalling is training with the first-team squad on the football side, which is good news. He’s not ready for us yet but it’s encouraging.”
With his ability to play at right-back as well as in the middle, he offers us cover for Rafael, with the young Brazilian featuring in every league game for United thus far.