Many Manchester United fans claimed they have the
best defender in the world after Chris Smalling’s
clearance in their 1-0 victory over CSKA Moscow in
the Champions League.
Smalling’s incredible block to deny Seydou Doumbia’s
shot after an initial save from David de Gea came just
moments before Wayne Rooney scored the only goal
of the night at the other end of the pitch.
The England centre-back is fast becoming a favourite
among the Old Trafford faithful and Louis van Gaal
has even hinted he will be United’s captain in the not-
Rooney’s statement that Smalling is in in the top
three centre-backs on the planet was echoed by
many Red Devils fans on Tuesday night.
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