Rooney: Smalling is among top three centre-halves.

Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney believes that defender Chris Smalling is among the top three centre-halves in the world.

“Yeah, I have been,” Wayne told United Review, reports “He has been incredible and for me he is right up there in world football in terms of centre-halves.

“He is in the top three centre-halves in the world – I think he is that good! He is a great player and he is developing to become more of a leader of the back four. It is great to see for both United and England, and hopefully that can continue for him and he can help us to be successful.”

Wayne Rooney also hailed Anthony Martial who has been in good form for United after moving from Monaco in the summer.

“I think he has been incredible, how he has come over to Manchester and started the way he has,” Rooney explained.

“Let’s not forget he is still a very young lad as well. To come over with his young family and start the way he has, he deserves a lot of credit.

“You can see what a good player he is and he'll be an important player for us from now until the end of the season. He is probably the quickest player in our team, if not the quickest in the league.”

Simon Omokhua [@Simonomokhua]

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