Following Nike's The Chance trials in Salford, Reds defender Chris Smalling selected Dwayne Greenwood to progress to the UK finals.

The Chance is Nike's global search for unsigned football talent. Find out more at

"Selecting a winner from all the players was a tough task, as there were a lot of talented kids. In the end, I picked Dwayne Greenwood because he had the best ability in terms of his all-round game." - Chris Smalling 

12/04/2012 11:06, Report by Adam Bostock
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Smalling spots new talent

Chris Smalling took time out from his battles with United and England to aid Nike’s ongoing search for the world's best unsigned footballers.

The Reds defender was the special guest assessor at The Chance trial session in Salford in March, after an appeal was posted on United’s official Facebook Page to attract budding amateur players from the local area. Nearly 30 youngsters were put through their paces and assessed by Nike coaches using SPARQ – a ratings system that measures players’ Speed, Power, Agility, Reaction and Quickness.

Dwayne Greenwood, 21, from Stretford, was the player who ultimately caught the eye, not only with his professional-level test scores but also with commanding performances in the subsequent seven-a-side games, as watched by Smalling at Salford City Stadium.

The United and England defender told “The standard was good. I watched a couple of the seven-a-side games that were going on and it was great to see the players showing off their skills and flying into tackles. It was good to see different aspects, not just technical ability on the ball but also a determination and will to win.

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