Manchester United defender Chris Smalling has revealed that he is happy being the most senior defender in the team.
In the last game against Arsenal, Smalling was the most senior among the three defenders that comprised of himself, Tyler Blackett and Paddy McNair.
“I enjoyed that [being the senior defender]. It was obviously a very young back four but I’m very loud and talk quite a lot which was important in that game because of the young lads around me,” Smalling told MUTV, ManUtd reported.
“We were lucky not to have come off at half-time having lost a couple of goals, but we regrouped and stuck to what we’d trained at and got better as the match went on.”
Smalling also praised the duo of McNair and Blackett and spoke on their progress following the Arsenal game.
“I think they are [progressing well], they’ll learn a lot from playing in a big game last week in terms of dealing with those sorts of occasions and how sharp it is at that level,” Smalling explained.
“Arsenal’s forward line was probably one of the hardest we’ll face this season, so I’m sure they’ll learn much more from that than say a handful of Under-21 games.”
Written by @SimonOmokhua