Chris Smalling has received rave reviews for his the impressive displays he has produced for at right back for both Manchester United and England this season, but the former Fulham defender is eager to ensure a return to his more familiar centre back position, as reported by Sky Sports.
Following on from having showcased his credentials as a right back for United during games against Spurs and Arsenal, Smalling was also deployed in this role by Fabio Capello whilst making his international debut for England in Friday night 3-0 win over Bulgaria in Sofia. However, although Smalling recognises the need to show a willingness to perform the duty assigned to him at club and international level, he would like the opportunity to prove that his preferred central defensive position is also his best.
“I can do a job at right back but I see it as a temporary thing. If Sir Alex tells me to play full back then I’ll try my best to do the job but I think I am a centre back. That’s where I have always played. I hope in the future I will get the chance to play there for both club and country,” declared Smalling.
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Neville: Fergie is best.
In 2002 Sir Alex Ferguson abandoned plans to retire as manager of Manchester United and has since gone on to mastermind much success for the club, which he will continue to do well into the future according to Gary Neville, BBC Sport has reported.
A loyal servant to Fergie throughout his 20-year playing career at Old Trafford, Neville believes the Govan-born manager remains the best in managerial field and is therefore free to dictate when he will call time on his occupation of the United hot seat.
“There’s no point in thinking about succession planning as he will stay as long as he wants. I don’t see [Fergie] quitting. He is just the absolute best,” remarked Neville before going on to justify his belief that United will not be in the market for a new manager for some time to come. “He has health on his side and he looks the same to me as he did 10 to 15 years ago. How can you think of succession when you have a man who shows no sign of either wanting to quit or give up? For all Manchester United fans, they hope he stays forever.”
Utd Modric interest.
Although the transfer window only closed on Thursday night, Sir Alex Ferguson is thought to be looking to it’s re-opening in January so as he can substantiate the interest he has in adding Luka Modric to his ranks with a bid for the Croatian according to the Metro.
Chelsea failed with a remarkable £40m to tempt Spurs into selling Modric and whilst it is anticipated that Blues manager Andre Vilas-Boas will return with further offers for the player, there is a possibility Fergie will also enter the running for the player’s signature.
The Scotsman reported desire to compete with Chelsea to acquire the services of Modric is believed to lie in the Spurs playmaker fitting the bill as a high profile replacement for the now retired Paul Scholes.