Chris Smalling | Match Discussion thread 2018/19

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Premier League: Manchester United 0-3 Tottenham Hotspur - 27th August 2018

I hear he was at fault for the third goal, but was decent otherwise?
 

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Consistently average with a mistake waiting to happen. I don’t like moaning about players but our board really needed to invest in the back 4
 

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I would like to say aside. He made some fantastic challenges tonight. He wasn’t to blame for 2 of the 3 goals probably should be marshalling the defence more as he’s the senior man but actually the challenge he made to stop the scoring 4 on 2 was immense. Unlucky to have Jonesy alongside him tonight. Think he’s the potential to be a really top CB if he had someone like Rio alongside him but don’t think he’s the one to be a senior CB. Needs instructions as oppose to give them.

It’s a shame we let Evans go because I think him and Smalling would be our best CB partnership by a mile.
 

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I don't think he was at fault for the 3rd was left one vs one with a super quick attacking player who just beat him that happens. Didn't see the replays got up and left as soon as it went in but looked like he got a challenge in and ball just broke Moura's way.

He was the least of the worries last night in the defence on the second goal he can't account for Herrera being 5 yards deeper that the rest of the defence your job as a defender in a 3 is to make sure you keep the line if the other 2 push up you have to be up with them it was obvious there that Herrera didn't know the role and got caught deep.
 

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all those people who said we shouldn't sign Moura, he'd walk into our side.
 

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We can go around in circles arguing about is he good enough to be a title winning starter at CB but he earns that shirt every season because he gives you some consistency. You get the odd horror show and his passing can be a problem if we are trying to play from the back but you know that most of the time you get 6/7 out of 10 from him most of our other maybe more talented CBs don’t do that.
 

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Wasn’t that impressed with him defensively the fact we have to play Fellaini in the role we now are shows our deficiencies at the back but that chest and volley was some goal for a CB. Excellent stuff.

But what the hell is he doing with his hair. Haha.
 

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Think the Fellaini role is more the presence of Lindelof against teams who try to batter him with the long ball Fellaini sort of sits in front of him and tries to stop that being an issue as it’s a serious problem for him.
 

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Smalling was excellent. From Statman Dave: Smalling more clearances (9), won more aerial duels (7) and made more blocks (4) than any other player.
 

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Think the Fellaini role is more the presence of Lindelof against teams who try to batter him with the long ball Fellaini sort of sits in front of him and tries to stop that being an issue as it’s a serious problem for him.
If Lindeloff could sort that out he'd be top drawer. Lets hope the coaching staff are on it like they were with De Gea when he arrived.
 

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If Lindeloff could sort that out he'd be top drawer. Lets hope the coaching staff are on it like they were with De Gea when he arrived.
To me he looks like the sort of guy who'd thrive in Spain or Italy where things are less physical and more technical I don't watch much Portugese football but it obviously hasn't prepared him for what he's up against and now teams know there's that weakness they look to exploit it.

There's a good player in there you see it when he plays for Sweden who play massively on the counter attack Utd do use that tactic but not all the time.

Smalling I think is a good partner for him and it might be that this is the pairing we go with this season and the Bailly/Lindelof pairing exploded in calamity style vs Brighton and Jones/Smalling feels like we're on the 10th edition of that buddy cop movie and it's really lost it's edge.

I think those two can be a top 4 defensive partnership but they aren't going to be a title winning pair.
 

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Smalling is becoming very dependable of late. He was good last night again. Probably Jose's no.1 CB for the rest of the season. It helps Fellaini is now playing this protective role in front of the 2 CB's.
 
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He’s always been dependable, he’s not doing anything different to what he’s always done. He is very reliable and of course he’ll have moments of madness like any centre back. He’s not great on the ball but he deserves to be our number one centre back. Smalling gets a bad rap for some reason but I’ve always liked him despite his little flaws.
 

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Smalling is our most consistent defender has been for year doesn't mean he's good enough to be a centre back that wins the league it's more damning of the clubs signings over the last 5 years as they've tried to replace or upgrade on him.

He's a solid 6 or 7 out of 10 player in most games he plays nothing wrong with that but he has limitations which stop him being considered a world class centre back.

He deserves to be in the team and really it should be him plus Bailly or Lindelof this season because the other 2 just need to be sold as they can't stay fit so give the 2 younger guys the chance to prove themselves alongside Smalling. He will have a couple of horror shows but really we don't have much better so might as well play him as we clearly can't play Bailly & Lindelof together.
 

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Premier League: Manchester United 2-1 Everton - 28th October 2018

Idiotic and out of character tackle for the penalty and lucky not to be sent off, but overall he played well.
 

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Played well but one word for the penalty, DONKEY! All he had to do was see the player to the left, not take his legs out!

Pogbas caused the situation showboating.
 

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Thing with the penalty is he's half a second away from the perfect tackle it's small margins as he's probably expecting Richarlison to come inside but he decides to try to win the penalty.

These things happen it's defending you make 1 mistake this is the consequence the important thing is he doesn't let it effect him and he goes back to performing at the level he's been at defenders will give away penalties it happens.
 

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He didn't need to even make the tackle. Unfortunate thing was, if you looked closely in slo mo the player toe poked the ball a fraction of a second earlier before the tackle came in, if he didn't do that toe poke the tackle would probably have been perfect.

Still doesn't take away from the fact he didnt need to make it. He just needed to stay on his feet and jockey him
 

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Yeah but once you commit there's not going back and I think he's done it as he's in panic mode because of the sudden loss of possession he's made a rash decision and it's backfired.

He's still our best central defender by a mile but it's these little mistakes that mean he isn't world class because he will have 3 or 4 moments like this through a season and unlike someone like Ramos he doesn't give you the presence on the ball to make you think it's worthwhile.
 

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Premier League: Bournemouth 1-2 Manchester United - 3rd November 2018

He was shaky in the first half.
 

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Champions League: Juventus 1-2 Manchester United - 7th November 2018

Good comeback following his performance against Bournemouth.
 
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