PLAYER PROFILE

Season 2013/14

United Honours

12. Chris Smalling

Birthdate:22 Nov 1989
Birthplace:Greenwich, London
Position:Defender
Appearances124
Goals Scored5
Joined United:07 Jul 2010
United Debut:08 Aug 2010 v Chelsea (N)
International:England

largely spent at right-back while Rafael was sidelined through injury.

Unfortunately, Chris also spent time in the treatment room that season and missed a selection of fixtures as a result of various problems, including a groin strain, a bout of tonsillitis, a nasty head wound and a broken foot, which meant Euro 2012 was a no-go.

Metatarsal surgery meant his 2012/13 season did not start until November's dramatic 3-2 win at Aston Villa and he made five further starts before the New Year.

Operating at both centre and right-back, his versatility proved crucial during the title run-in as he helped keep four of six clean sheets in February and March. But unfortunately another injury, sustained at Sunderland, ended a stop-start campaign which yielded just 23 appearances - the lowest of his three seasons. Nonetheless, Smalling picked up his second championship crown.

The following campaign was a difficult one for United, but notable for Smalling as he played a personal-high 38 games in all competitions, further demonstrating his potential with a number of solid

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