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05-10-2012, 07:00 PM
Great News... Smalling Back In Training

Manchester United's defensive problems have eased with news that Chris Smalling is back in training.

Smalling has been out since last season with a broken foot, but it is understood that he has joined in with the football work in training and could be an outside contender for a place on the bench at Newcastle on Sunday.

troy andreas
16-12-2012, 05:49 PM
Smalling eyes clean sheets
"Getting a clean sheet means to a lot to us as defenders but also because our record recently hasn't included a lot of them."

– Chris Smalling


Chris Smalling was disappointed to concede a goal to Sunderland and says United’s defenders are working hard to record more clean sheets.

Substitute Fraizer Campbell headed what proved to be a consolation goal for the Black Cats with 20 minutes left on Saturday, after Stephane Sessegnon reached a ball that looked to be going out of play.

The Reds won 3-1 but have now kept only three clean sheets in the opening 17 league games, a statistic on which Smalling is keen to improve over the busy festive period.

The defender, who played the full 90 minutes alongside Rio Ferdinand and, later, Nemanja Vidic, told MUTV: “There was a bit of carelessness from us [in the second half].

“We were disappointed with the goal we conceded because we wanted to get a clean sheet. We have to make sure it doesn't cost us next time.

“Getting a clean sheet means to a lot to us as defenders but also because our record recently hasn't included a lot of them. It would have been ideal to get one today.”

Like his manager, Smalling also felt United should have scored more against Martin O’Neill’s side, though he was impressed by the Reds’ attacking prowess, and the displays of midfielders Tom Cleverley and Michael Carrick.

“It could have been more than 3-1,” he mused. “We had so many chances in both halves to make it a bit easier for ourselves, but we got the three points, which was the main thing.

“We took the momemtum forward from Sunday [against Manchester City] and Clevs and Carrick were playing some great balls and moving it very quickly around the field. It's great to watch that going on in front of you.”

United, six points clear of Man City at the top, now head to Swansea on 23 December for the first of four games in 10 days that could have a significant bearing on the title race.

Smalling added: “The Christmas period is crucial because there are games every few days, but we've got a big squad and players coming back who are going to feel fresh.

“We need to put on some good performances and keep things going.”

16-12-2012, 06:50 PM
Smalling kelihatannya lebih cocok sebagai CB ketimbang RB. Kalau jadi RB kurang support untuk serangan, mungkin karena speed dan pacenya yang kurang, tapi untuk membaca permainan lawan dia cukup bisa diandalkan. Gol kemarin lebih karena faktor chaos yang membuat Frazier Campbell tidak terkawal. Selebihnya Smalling berhasil menggantikan tugas yang ditinggalkan Evans dengan baik.

09-01-2013, 12:46 PM
09/01/2013 15:00 - ManUtd.com, Gemma Thompson
Relief for Smalling


Chris Smalling says he is relieved to have put his injury hell behind him after months of frustration watching from the sidelines.

The defender suffered a groin injury at the end of last season which forced him to miss the European Championships, while a broken metatarsal in*July delayed his return further.

Smalling finally made it back in action at the start of November and the 23-year-old says he is feeling stronger with every game.

“I feel good,” he told ManUtd.com and PA Sport. “I’ve been able to play a few games now and it’s just a case of keeping that going. The more games you have the more you get into a rhythm and the more confident you feel. I just want to stay injury-free now and hopefully go on a good run [of playing games]; there are lots of important matches coming up.

“It’s been one of the worst [injury setbacks] I’ve had. It started at the end of last season and then I missed the start of this season. It’s never easy to miss the start of the season and then come back into it, but I’m fortunate that I’ve started to get back into the team.

“The main thing you focus on when you get back is getting into a rhythm. You’ve missed out while everyone has been playing and doing well so it makes you focus harder to get yourself back to being better than you were before.”

Smalling says he has watched on with admiration as the Reds have comfortably qualified for the knock-out stages in the Champions League and taken control in the Barclays Premier League.

“It’s exciting to come back into the team particularly when you look at options we’ve got,” added the England international. “Even when the manager rotates things as he does sometimes the players coming in are players a lot of top clubs would want. It’s good to see we’ve got such a strong squad.”

troy andreas
31-01-2013, 10:08 PM
Smalling in England squad
Report by Adam Marshall


Chris Smalling has been recalled to the England squad for the upcoming friendly with Brazil.

The defender is one of five Reds in Roy Hodgson's plans for the Wembley fixture next Wednesday and returns to the fold after an absence of around 11 months, largely due to injury.

Michael Carrick and Tom Cleverley are included as midfield options with Wayne Rooney and Danny Welbeck among four strikers chosen by Hodgson.

The prestigious clash is part of the FA's 150th anniversary celebrations.

Squad: Jack Butland (Birmingham), Joe Hart (Man City); Leighton Baines (Everton), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Ashley Cole (Chelsea), Phil Jagielka (Everton), Glen Johnson (Liverpool), Joleon Lescott (Man City), Chris Smalling (United), Kyle Walker (Tottenham); Michael Carrick (United), Tom Cleverley (United), Steven Gerrard (Liverpool), Frank Lampard (Chelsea), Aaron Lennon (Tottenham), James Milner (Man City), Leon Osman (Everton), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal), Theo Walcott (Arsenal), Jack Wilshere (Arsenal); Jermain Defoe (Tottenham), Wayne Rooney (United), Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool), Danny Welbeck (United).

02-02-2013, 06:18 AM
Smalling: Let’s turn the screw on the Blues
United defender admits Reds took it too easy last season and blew the title, but insists they won’t make the same mistake again this time.


Chris Smalling admits United blew the title last season – but he insists there will be no repeat this time around.

And the England defender is determined to pile the pressure on City tomorrow by building up a 10-point lead at the top of the Premier League.

United travel to Fulham tomorrow tea-time while City host Liverpool on Sunday.

And Smalling knows Roberto Mancini’s players will feel the heat if they go into that game knowing they can’t afford to lose.

The 23-year-old doesn’t need to be reminded about what happened last summer.

But Sir Alex Ferguson chose his programme notes ahead of Wednesday’s win over Southampton to point out that the title race is far from over.

And despite extending their advantage over City to seven points, the nature of United’s narrow win against the relegation-threatened Saints only endorsed that sentiment.

“The boss is always telling us there are no easy fixtures in this league,” said Smalling. “You only had to look midweek to see that’s true with a lot of teams drawing.

“Even though we didn’t play as well as we should – I felt it was one of our weaker performances – it was a solid three points.”

Smalling has not forgotten the pain of missing out on the title in the final seconds of last season.

He is honest in his assessment of United’s title collapse as they blew an eight- point lead at Easter to eventually miss out to City on goal difference.

The players thought they were comfortable, he admits, only to be stunned by City’s turnaround.

But he is adamant United only have themselves to blame for surrendering their crown.

“It was a long season and there were spells where there was one team in front of the other,” he said. “But we felt we definitely lost it because we got towards the end and we were far out in front and comfortable.

“It was very frustrating – to be so close and then miss out, especially in the last few minutes, it was one that really sticks with us.

“We will make sure we’ve learned the lessons from that and I am pretty sure that will never happen again.

“I think we’ve shown that when we get out in front, like we are now, we are going to make sure we stay there.”

This could be a pivotal weekend in United’s bid to wrest the title back from the blue half of Manchester.

Having beaten Fulham 4-1 in the FA Cup last week, they travel to Craven Cottage with the chance to extend their lead over City to double figures.

Meanwhile, Mancini’s side come up against Brendan Rodgers’ improving Liverpool at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday.

Smalling says United must continue applying the pressure on their title rivals.

“It’s a bit crazy because a week ago it could have been two points and now we are talking about 10 points potentially,” he said.

“I think it’s one that you can’t read too much into because there is a lot of the season left, but it would put us into a nice stretch.

“And to play before them will put the pressure on them, just as they’ve been putting the pressure on us a couple of times.

“If we can play our game and get the three points, we can sit back and watch them a bit more comfortably.

“For them it will be the same as us. We often play on different days so we might see them. You are aware of their fixtures, who they are playing and what their result is.

“If anything it just drives you on to get as big a lead as you can get.”

Smalling, who signed for United from Fulham two years ago, is expecting a response from his former team after their FA Cup exit.

“Fulham have a lot more positive results at home – playing at Craven Cottage on a smaller pitch they will expect a slightly different game,” he said. “But we know exactly where they are going to come from and, if anything, we could have got a few more goals in that last fixture.

“We go with a lot of confidence and looking to expand on what we did the previous week.”

Smalling – who yesterday met fans at Asda in Trafford Park to sign Topps Match Attax trading cards – has been called up to the England squad for next week’s friendly with Brazil.

It is his first international call up since injury ruled him out of last summer’s European Championships.

“It was a very frustrating time for me,” he says. “I had to miss the Euros and a few other qualifiers. It’s good to be fit and back in the reckoning.

“I know my career is very long and hopefully I will be involved in a lot more major finals to come.”


troy andreas
18-02-2013, 12:09 AM
Reds' progress pleases Smalling
Report by Nick Coppack

Chris Smalling believes "it's all coming together" as Manchester United continue the charge towards three major trophies.

The Reds are undefeated in 15 games in all competitions, 12 points clear in the Barclays Premier League, in a commanding position in the two-legged Champions League tie against Real Madrid and preparing to host Reading at home in the FA Cup fifth round.

"We are peaking at the right time," the defender said. "At the start of the season we had a number of players who were struggling. Now we have a nice, full squad and a lot of people to call upon.

"It all seems to be coming together. There's a lot of confidence and the results are showing. We are going for three competitions. That makes it good for the whole squad to play games and to be happy. When things are going well on the pitch we're happy as well.

"The manager has stressed that he expects to go to the end in all three competitions. We're confident we can fight on three fronts."

Realistically, the FA Cup is surely third on United's list of trophy priorities, and yet Smalling insists there's a real desire within the squad to lift the trophy at Wembley this season.

The 23-year-old describes the competition as "massive" and says Sir Alex stressed the importance of a good run this season before United's first fixture, away at West Ham.

"There are quite a lot of lads who haven't won it, despite being here for a while. It's a competition I've watched since I was growing up and I look forward to it."

United haven't won the competition since 2004, a nine-year drought Smalling is keen to end. "I was quite shocked at how long it has been since United won the FA Cup. This club has always been successful. Luckily we have another good draw, at home to Reading, and we need to make it count.

"I don't think any game is a foregone conclusion. You have seen in the league a lot of teams down at the bottom have beaten a lot of teams at the top. It will be a difficult one but we are confident because we are playing at home.

"But this competition is difficult to win. It's about what happens on the day. Luton have reached the fifth round. Anything can happen. Form goes out of the window. It's all about what happens in those 90 minutes.

"I've seen quite a lot of Reading's games. They play good football and recently have picked up a few points. It is not going to be an easy game. We have not had too many of them at Old Trafford. We have to try and make sure we break them down."

19-02-2013, 03:20 PM
Sir Alex Ferguson expects the treble, says Smalling

The Manchester United defender is surprised the Premier League leaders have failed to win the FA Cup since 2004, and says the manager is after all three trophies this season

Chris Smalling has revealed that Sir Alex Ferguson expects Manchester United to win the treble this season ahead of their FA Cup fifth-round tie against Reading.

The Red Devils became the first and only English team to win all three major trophies in one season in the 1998-99 campaign and are on course to repeat the feat this season.

"The manager has stressed that he expects to go to the end in all three competitions," Smalling told reporters.

"The FA Cup is notoriously unpredictable. Luton reached the fifth round this year, which shows that anything can happen so there is no point looking too far ahead.

"But our home form has been good and another victory can give us the impetus to kick on and get to another final."

United have won the FA Cup 11 times in their history but have not lifted the trophy since the 2003-04 season, when they saw off lower-league Millwall in the final.

Smalling is surprised by the 19-time league champions' drought in the competition and says it adds further incentive to emerge from their clash with the Royals at Old Trafford victorious.

"I was quite shocked at how long it has been since United won the FA Cup," Smalling admitted. "It is a massive competition and one we all look forward to.

"Before we played West Ham in the third round, the manager stressed how much we wanted to win this tournament. There are quite a lot of lads who haven't won it despite being here for quite a while."

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troy andreas
21-02-2013, 10:08 PM
Smalling keen to make mark
Report by Nick Coppack for manutd.com


Chris Smalling is determined to play a key role in Manchester United's charge towards three trophies this season but knows his own performances will dictate the extent of his involvement.

The young defender's season has been blighted by injury so far, yet he's still managed to make 18 appearances for the first-team.

"No matter whether you are young or old you want to play in as many games as you can," he said. "Luckily we are going well in all competitions. But when you get your chance, you need to take it. You don't give the manager an excuse to leave you out.

"It helps that we are in three competitions. It keeps everyone happy in that sense."

Squad rotation has long been part of life at Manchester United. And while Smalling admits he'd like to play every game, he's also aware of the system's benefits.

"You're at one of the biggest clubs in the world and the manager needs to do what he does. We are happy at the minute because everyone is getting games. Long may that continue.

"When you are injured you want to play. When you are fit you just want to play every week. But there is a large degree of patience required. You can't get too frustrated."

Chris was speaking to ManUtd.com, Press Association and BBC Radio Manchester.

troy andreas
22-02-2013, 03:56 PM
Seandainya Pogba dulu berpikiran sama dengan Smalling :))

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Chris Smalling Terima Kebijakan Rotasi Manchester United


goal.com - Bek Manchester United Chris Smalling mengatakan ia menerima kebijakan rotasi yang diterapkan oleh pelatih Sir Alex Ferguson.

Namun, meskipun demikian, ia mengakui butuh kesabaran yang tinggi untuk tidak dapat bermain secara reguler di tim.

"Anda berada di salah satu klub terbesar di dunia dan pelatih melakukan apa yang harus ia lakukan. Kami senang saat ini karena semuanya mendapatkan kesempatan bermain. Semoga itu terus berlanjut," ujar Smalling.

"Ketika Anda mendapatkan cedera, Anda ingin bermain. Ketika Anda bugar, Anda hanya ingin bermain setiap pekan. Tetapi butuh kesabaran yang sangat besar. Anda tidak boleh menjadi terlalu frustrasi."

troy andreas
08-03-2013, 06:08 PM
Report by G Thompson, A Beck
Smalling's FA Cup aim

Chris Smalling says he and the rest of the players hold the FA Cup in very high regard and are determined to reclaim the trophy this season.

The Reds have already seen off West Ham, Fulham and Reading in the competition and host Chelsea in Sunday's quarter-final tie at Old Trafford.

Smalling, who experienced life as a minnow in the Cup during his days with Maidstone United, feels "very fortunate" to be involved in the tournament and he is keen to play his part in helping the Reds seal a first triumph since 2004.

"The competition holds a very high status for me," the defender told this month's Inside United.

"When you’re growing up you see a lot of the lower league teams and sides from around your area playing against some of the bigger teams in the competition. And it gives every kid and every young player a chance to feel that they can be a part of it and that they can relate to the FA Cup because anybody can take part.

"I played in some of the qualifying rounds. You have to play quite a few qualifiers to even get to the first round of the Cup when you’re in the lower leagues. I recall we were close to playing a League Two side, but lost in the fourth qualifying round.

"It’s a competition that I’m very fortunate to be a part of, whether with Maidstone or Manchester United.

"The manager has stressed quite a lot before the Cup games that it’s only Scholesey, Giggsy and Fletch in the squad who’ve won the FA Cup [and Robin van Persie, but that was for Arsenal].

"Rio’s been here for more than 10 years and never won it, so the manager is making sure we all want to win it, and we want to win it for ourselves as well."

troy andreas
20-03-2013, 05:12 PM
Reds must return focused


Manchester United’s internationals temporarily turn their attentions away from the title race in the next two weeks, but Chris Smalling insists that the Reds must have it in mind to return ready and focused for two big games that could help define the season.

Smalling will be on England duty for their World Cup qualifying games against San Marino and Montenegro, but when he returns to Manchester with five other Three Lions colleagues they must prepare to face Sunderland in the Barclays Premier League for a 12:45 GMT kick-off on Saturday 30 March, then Chelsea in the FA Cup quarter-final replay on Easter Monday, less than 48 hours later.

“The 15-point lead looks good now,” says Chris, “but we go away to join up with our national teams and hopefully everyone can come back fit because we then have two big games against Sunderland and Chelsea. That could be a key edge in terms of how the league and cup goes. So that will be a big few days for us.”

The title remains United’s top priority, particularly after last season's heartbreaking finale. “It’s a massive incentive for us to hold onto this lead,” Chris told MUTV. “It’s a bigger lead than last year but we can’t rest on our laurels and we want to make sure we finish the job this season.”

Smalling isn’t short of company in the England squad. He is one of six Reds in Roy Hodgson’s ranks alongside Wayne Rooney, Ashley Young, Danny Welbeck, Michael Carrick and Tom Cleverley, while Rio Ferdinand was forced to pull out due to a pre-planned medical and training programme.

Ferdinand's performances could mean he is selected for England in future and Smalling welcomes more familiar faces in the England fold.

“All through the season it has started to pick up in terms of how many United players are in the squad,” Smalling added. “With Phil coming back there could be eight of us. That’s good to keep people around you that you know.”

troy andreas
02-04-2013, 02:04 AM
Smalling calls for derby focus

“It will take a couple of days to get over this because a lot of us came into it with great confidence and we felt we were going to win this game. At least we have a good game on Monday (City) but we need to make sure we rally together and win this title with aplomb."

- Chris Smalling

Chris Smalling says United must use the forthcoming Manchester derby as a source of motivation to overcome the disappointment of exiting the FA Cup at the hands of Chelsea on Easter Monday.

The Reds lost 1-0 at Stamford Bridge, following Demba Ba’s second-half strike. The defeat ends United's bid to win the Double and leaves Sir Alex Ferguson’s side with the Barclays Premier League title to fight for in the remaining two months of the season.

While obviously disappointed to have missed out on a Wembley semi-final clash with Manchester City, Smalling wants his team-mates to get over the result by triumphing in next Monday’s league derby and then by sealing the title in style.

“It will take a couple of days to get over this because a lot of us came into it with great confidence and we felt we were going to win this game," Smalling told MUTV. “At least we have a good game next Monday but we need to make sure that we rally together and win this title with aplomb.

“Our fans will be right behind us and we need to make sure that we give them a good performance because the second half today was just not good enough.”

Having beaten Sunderland less than 48 hours earlier on Saturday, United were perhaps a little sluggish at Stamford Bridge but did largely control the first half and limited Chelsea to very few chances whilst looking relatively dangerous on the counter attack.

However, with quite a few tired legs on the pitch, the Reds struggled to keep the upper hand and created very few scoring chances, other than two excellent opportunities for Javier Hernandez and substitute Robin van Persie after Ba had broken the deadlock on 49 minutes.

“The dressing room is disappointed,” Smalling explained afterwards. “I think the first half went very well and we were on top, playing some good football so a lot of us are disappointed that we didn’t carry that on into the second half, which wasn’t like us.

“We were very confident that we would score today and judging by our first-half performance, we thought we wouldn’t concede either because they didn’t create too many chances - but it was really unlike us not to score.

“In the last half an hour, the game started to stretch which wasn’t ideal for us but before that we felt comfortable as a team and played some good football in the first half. The biggest disappointment is that we didn’t carry that on in the second half. That’s what everyone is really down about.”

Naturally, after defeat in the replay, the mind automatically wanders back to when United were 2-0 up in the initial sixth-round meeting at Old Trafford and seemingly cruising towards the semi-finals - but Smalling says such thinking is futile.

“At the start of the day, we saw this replay as a new challenge and a fresh start so you can’t think about the lead in the first match and what might have been. We need to make sure that we remember this defeat next season and not let it slip again.”

17-04-2013, 03:26 AM
Pengen melihat Duet Smalling & Jones dilini tengah UNITED lagi :) , Ternyata cukup menawan juga ,walaupun jantung berdetaknya lebih kuencang :mudance:

troy andreas
02-05-2013, 04:31 PM
Smalling sights set on future
Report by Ben Hibbs


Injury interrupted Chris Smalling's part in the Reds' 20th title success, but he remains delighted with a second winners' medal and is already eyeing 2013/14...

Looking back on your season as a whole, what’s your assessment?
It’s one of a bit of frustration because I didn’t really get going until November and I had a few little niggling injuries, so I’ve not been out on the field as much as I would have liked. But the team success has been very good and I’ve been able to contribute something to that, though not as much as I’d have liked. Ultimately it’s about the team and the club, and we’ve been successful so I’m happy with that.

You must have been tearing your hair out earlier in the campaign with defenders out injured, which would have been an opportunity for you…
Yeah, exactly. You look for those opportunities to get in the side. There were a few chances throughout the season when we’ve had injuries and I’ve had a niggling injury too, so that’s frustrating. But we’ve won the title nice and early and we still have four games left to play. Hopefully I can be involved and then the plan is to get a full pre-season under my belt and next year have an injury-free campaign.

Players talk about pre-season providing that foundation for fitness throughout the season. How beneficial is it?
It’s crucial. It’s a block of training where everyone comes back from a refreshing break and you need to get up to speed quite quickly to get that sharpness into your game. If you miss that then sometimes you feel like you’re playing catch-up. You can be trying to get that base of fitness during the season. In the summer it’s great to train in a different climate and get your fitness up, so it’s a big period.

Have you laid down any specific plans this summer or are you simply hoping to get a full programme in with the rest of the squad?
Whilst we’re on holiday we still get a programme where you can keep yourself ticking over, so in the mornings we’ll do certain things on holiday. I’ll probably come back just before the rest of the lads return just to make sure I’m right up to speed with everything, then when the other lads are back I’ll be all firing and ready to go because it’ll be a big season for me and I want to stay injury-free and play a lot of games.

You came into the side in November and people talk about competition for places among our four strikers, yet there are five centre-backs at the club. Is that tough?
There’s a lot of competition in all the positions here. Myself and Phil [Jones] have played in different positions but ultimately we’re all centre-backs and when everyone is fit the manager has decisions to make. That’s one of our big strengths. There haven’t been too many occasions when all five centre-backs have been fit, but next season hopefully that is the case and we’ll have a real battle on our hands for places in the team. That can only be a good thing for the team because we’ll all be supporting each other and competing to be as good as we can be. It will keep everyone on their toes in training and if you get your chance you need to take it as there are three or four other players who can easily do a great job in your position.

Jonny [Evans] and Phil [Jones] have both said that the defenders are all very supportive of each other no matter who is picked…
Even though there’s competition, its purpose is to drive you on to perform better and we always want the other guys to do well because that means the team can be successful. That’s what we all want more than anything and that’s why we’ve done well this season. Even with the forwards, you can see Antonio [Valencia] and Nani get on really well and they play in the same position and they’re competing for a place in the side. There’s a good camaraderie among the group, which is shown on the pitch.

The manager has said that you, Jonny Evans and Phil Jones are the future for those centre-back spots, which must be encouraging to hear…
Yeah, it’s great to have that backing from the manager. We’ve got a lot to learn but we’re in safe hands, that’s for sure. This will be your second title winners’ medal; how does winning it this time compare to your first in 2010/11? It means just as much. The difference is that last year was a massive disappointment so it’s nice to turn it around so quickly.

Did you learn anything new about the club and the mentality here this season responding to last season?
There’s always a hunger for success here but there was a really noticeable steely determination this season to make sure from that first minute of pre-season we knew exactly what we wanted to achieve. We really knuckled down and for most of the season we have been leading the way and it’s certainly paid off.

You played in some of the high-scoring games this season – Villa 3-2, Reading 4-3, City 3-2, Newcastle 4-3 – what were those games like to be involved in?
Sometimes when there are so many goals in a game people look at the defence, but whenever we have been behind or chasing a victory then all eleven players are looking for the best way for the team to attack and to score goals. Even when we’re a goal down it’s not just a case of getting one goal to equalise, we’re looking for a way to win games. We’ve won a lot of points from losing positions and that shows why we’re so far ahead: we’ve got that determination.

As a defender, I take it you took more satisfaction from the run of clean sheets in the second half of the season?
[Laughs] Yeah, I’ll take a 1-0 win over those 4-3s or 5-4s any day! It’s been good that we’ve had a fully-fit squad in the second half of the season and we’ve seen the results on the pitch.

Robin van Persie’s goals have been a crucial part of clinching the title, but is there something more to the impact he has made on the club?
It’s his overall approach and the way he goes about things. You can just tell he’s top class. I remember when he first joined in training and everyone got a lift from that. He gets on really well with the lads which is really important because you have to all get on with the other players to make things work as a team. He’s settled in straight away and he’s shown how comfortable he is here by the way he is playing.

The manager says he wants everyone to know that they have contributed to the season so he’ll be using his full squad before the end of the season. Is that an opportunity for you to lay down a marker for next season?
I’ve got a few games to show the manager that, next season, I should be in with a shout of starting. That’s the aim.

24-07-2013, 04:00 PM
Our aims remain the same

Manchester United - Official Site
24/07/2013 06:11, Report by Nick Coppack in Osaka

United defender Chris Smalling talks about his return to fitness and the squad’s objectives under a new manager…

How good is it to have joined up with the squad in Japan?
There are only a handful of people back at the training ground and it's been a bit of a long road back for me. I missed the last six weeks of last season so it's good to be back with the lads and straight into playing games.

You obviously played your part last campaign but was it frustrating to miss the business end of the season?
Yeah, it was. I missed the start and the end of the season so it will be nice to hopefully get an injury-free season under my belt. I can't wait to get back onto the pitch and enjoy my football again because it's been a little while.

How are you feeling now, then? Fit and ready to tackle pre-season?
Yeah, I've done some good training back in Manchester, alongside Warren Joyce, the Reserves and a few other first-team guys. Now I've joined the rest of the squad in Japan and I'm ready for the games.

There's a new manager and new coaching staff at United. But do the objectives remain the same for you guys?
Absolutely. Nothing changes on that front. We have a new manager and a few new coaches and it will take time for everybody to get to know each other but it's the same core of players and we still have the same desire to win every competition we take part in. We want to carry last season's success into this season.

We're well and truly in Shinji Kagawa territory here in Japan. What sort of reception have you seen him get already?
Shinji's a massive icon in Japan. Me and Ashley Young picked him up on the way over to an event on Monday morning and as soon as we got out of the car with him we were mobbed. It was pandemonium! They love him here. It's nice for us to come to Japan and have him show us around a little bit.

That said, there were people at the airport who had shirts with 'Büttner 28' and 'Januzaj 44' on them. There's definitely an appreciation of Manchester United and not just Shinji Kagawa...
Definitely. You don't realise that until you arrive here. You think everybody's just Shinji crazy, but they definitely have a keen eye for the game of football and they're big fans of the club as a whole.

What sort of an impact do you think Shinji can have this season?
I think he'll get stronger and stronger. Last season he did very well and contributed significantly. It's always difficult in your first season and for Shinji, who didn't speak much English, it must have been even tougher. I think we'll see big things from him this season now that he's more settled and he's integrated more. I think he could be stronger than ever.

30-07-2013, 03:10 AM
Smalling sets new goals


29/07/2013 15:12, Report by Mark Froggatt

After netting a towering header during Monday’s 5-2 win over Kitchee FC, Chris Smalling revealed an ambition to improve his scoring record during the 2013/14 season.

The 23-year-old rose admirably to convert Tom Cleverley’s cross after 22 minutes of play at the Hong Kong Stadium, helping set up a comfortable victory for David Moyes’ men – despite playing on an extremely questionable playing surface in stifling conditions.

“It was difficult, all of the games have been difficult in this heat but it will hopefully stand us in good stead during the season,” Chris told MUTV. “It was nice to pop up with a goal too. But to be fair, I probably should have got a hat-trick. Hopefully, I will get more chances like that.

“I was waiting for it (the goal), I have been due one because I didn’t get too many last season. Hopefully, I will be able to get a few more this season and chip in a little more.

On the whole, having missed all of last summer’s pre-season tour through injury, Smalling was delighted to feature on Monday and is confident of starting the new season in good shape.

When asked how beneficial the Tour 2013 presented by Aon has been, the versatile defender was optimistic in his response: “Last season was a very frustrating one so it is nice to be involved with pre-season because I didn’t get that last time and I am feeling good. The more games, the better.”

31-07-2013, 02:22 AM

"It was difficult, all of the games have been difficult in this heat but it will hopefully stand us in good stead during the season. It was nice to pop up with a goal too. But to be fair, I probably should have got a hat-trick. Hopefully, I will get more chances like that."

- Chris Smalling (Tour 2013: Kitchee FC 2 - Manchester United 5)

Andi Istiabudi
20-09-2013, 03:44 AM
Welcome back Smalling! :)

Fit Lagi, Smalling Ingin Tampil Lebih Sering
Rossi Finza Noor - detikSport


Manchester - Bek Manchester United, Chris Smalling, menyebut bahwa musim lalu adalah musim yang mengecewakan buatnya. Dia ingin membayarnya musim ini dengan lebih banyak bermain.

Musim lalu, Smalling hanya bermain sebanyak 15 kali di Premier League. Dia cedera di tiga bulan pertama musim dan di dua bulan terakhir musim.

Alhasil, bukannya bermain, Smalling lebih banyak menghabiskan waktu untuk memulihkan kondisi. Perkembangannya pun jadi terhambat karena cedera.

"Musim lalu bikin saya frustrasi," ujarnya kepada Manchester Evening News.

"Tiga bulan pertama dan dua bulan terakhir betul-betul buruk. Tapi, musim ini saya fit sejak awal musim dan saya menunggu kesempatan saya karena kami punya skuat yang begitu kompetitif sekarang."

Smalling mendapatkan kesempatan bermain sebagai starter dalam laga melawan Bayer Leverkusen tengah pekan ini. Oleh David Moyes, dia dimainkan sebagai bek kanan, menggantikan Rafael da Silva yang tengah cedera, dan dipilih mengungguli Fabio da Silva --yang sebelumnya dimainkan di pos tersebut kala melawan Crystal Palace.

Smalling, yang aslinya adalah bek tengah, mengaku tidak masalah dimainkan sebagai bek kanan. Dia pun berharap bisa mendapatkan lebih banyak kesempatan tampil.

"Bek kanan bukanlah posisi kesukaan saya, tapi saya bisa bermain di posisi itu jika dibutuhkan. Setelah mengalami masa-masa yang bikin frustrasi, saya senang bisa bermain dan terlibat lagi," katanya.

20-09-2013, 12:12 PM
udah fit yah~~
alhamdulillah.. semoga cepet nikah deh..
abis cewenya yg terlihat solehah ternyata aseliknya gak begitu X_X
jadi serem sendiri *hampir OOT*

troy andreas
20-09-2013, 08:31 PM
udah fit yah~~
alhamdulillah.. semoga cepet nikah deh..
abis cewenya yg terlihat solehah ternyata aseliknya gak begitu X_X
jadi serem sendiri *hampir OOT*

Hmm, kan Sam Cooke ngebantuin Chris sembuh waktu cedera. :ngacir:


26-09-2013, 12:09 AM
Chris Smalling angkat bicara.. :D

ManUtd 25/9/2013

Smalling: We must hit back

Chris Smalling wants Manchester United to produce a rapid reponse this evening, following one of his “biggest disappointments” in football.

The Reds defender played the full 90 minutes of Sunday’s 4-1 defeat in the Manchester derby, a gruelling fixture at the best of times. But while a longer pause might have been welcomed on a physical level, Smalling insists the gap to this evening’s clash with Liverpool has been mercifully short from a psychological point of view.

“I think it’s good there’s a big game coming up against Liverpool so we can try to hit back. “We normally reply with a good result,” Smalling told ManUtd.com. “Sunday’s match was a big disappointment, probably one of the biggest disappointments I have felt and I think that a lot of the players were hurt by that performance.”

United’s other league defeat this season was ironically against tonight’s opponents but on that occasion, the champions had to wait for almost a fortnight before returning to action with a victory over Crystal Palace.

“We bounced back from that [losing 0-1 at Anfield] and, although this was an even bigger disappointment, we’ve got a chance to play a couple of games quickly and that’s what we all need. We must do our talking on the pitch, not just say it won’t happen again. It’s a case of showing the fans what we’re all about.”

26-09-2013, 09:58 PM
ManUtd 26/9/2013


Smalling lauds United resolve

Chris Smalling was pleased by United's response to derby day heartbreak, and was full of praise for the fans after the Reds' win over Liverpool in the Capital One Cup.

The defender played 90 minutes, helping United to a clean sheet on the way to a 1-0 victory, and believes that rediscovering winning form was the minimum requirement after Sunday's 4-1 loss to rivals Manchester City.

Smalling told Sky Sports: "It was a massive turnaround [from the weekend] and especially as there were a few players who have not played a lot of games. There was a lot of doubt after the weekend and we wanted to go out there and put on a performance.

"It was a big stage for us to go out there and the fans were really behind us – the noise they created was fantastic."

A second-half goal from Javier Hernandez settled the contest, sending United into the fourth round where Norwich City await, and Smalling believes the game was a good chance for the players to prove themselves to David Moyes.

"It felt like it was end-to-end for pretty much 90 minutes – there were a lot of chances created and it was a real cup tie. It was a chance for us to show him [Moyes] as he’s not seen too much of us, other than in training, to go out there on the big occasion and produce."

27-09-2013, 08:59 AM
ManUtd 26/9/2013

Smalling lauds United resolve

Chris Smalling was pleased by United's response to derby day heartbreak, and was full of praise for the fans after the Reds' win over Liverpool in the Capital One Cup.

The defender played 90 minutes, helping United to a clean sheet on the way to a 1-0 victory, and believes that rediscovering winning form was the minimum requirement after Sunday's 4-1 loss to rivals Manchester City.

Smalling told Sky Sports: "It was a massive turnaround [from the weekend] and especially as there were a few players who have not played a lot of games. There was a lot of doubt after the weekend and we wanted to go out there and put on a performance.

"It was a big stage for us to go out there and the fans were really behind us – the noise they created was fantastic."

A second-half goal from Javier Hernandez settled the contest, sending United into the fourth round where Norwich City await, and Smalling believes the game was a good chance for the players to prove themselves to David Moyes.

"It felt like it was end-to-end for pretty much 90 minutes – there were a lot of chances created and it was a real cup tie. It was a chance for us to show him [Moyes] as he’s not seen too much of us, other than in training, to go out there on the big occasion and produce."

Bertanda wkt Rio sudah habis:-h

09-11-2013, 12:46 AM
Sebenere Smalling kie ya ngerti kalau kudu menang, tp malah memberikan kata-kata 'I don't think there are any must-win games' :hammer:

ManUtd 8/11/2013

Smalling: Bring on Arsenal

Chris Smalling believes Manchester United must be considered favourites for this weekend’s blockbuster encounter with Arsenal in the Barclays Premier League.

Arsene Wenger’s side have made a fine start this season and visit Old Trafford as title race leaders. However, after a tricky spell, the champions appear to have turned a corner under David Moyes and are in the midst of an eight-match unbeaten run in all competitions.

As a result, Smalling feels his team-mates are riding the crest of a wave and are determined to beat the Gunners on Sunday, subsequently closing the eight point gap that separates the two rival clubs.

“We are going into the game with a lot of confidence,” Chris exclusively told ManUtd.com. “We drew with Real Sociedad in the week but we had a lot of chances to win the game and I think we have gained a lot of confidence from our run of late. We are playing at Old Trafford and really looking forward to it.

“I don’t think there are any must-win games at this stage but it is still obviously a massive game. We are at home and we have to be the favourites to win. We have to take the game to them and show that we are the team that wants to win and close the gap.”

Arsenal visit the Theatre of Dreams in a rich vein of form and their attacking triumvirate of Aaron Ramsey, Mesut Ozil and Olivier Giroud have particularly caught the eye this campaign. But rather than focusing on those three opponents, Smalling says United will concentrate on themselves.

“We will look at the videos and see what they are doing well. As a defence, we will then work on things to minimise their impact but we won’t think about it too much. As a whole team, they are playing very well. We will find out their negatives and weaknesses, then try to punish them.”

11-11-2013, 01:48 AM
Memang posisi idealnya Smalling itu bek tengah bukan bek kanan, Pertandingan lawan Arsenal tadi dirasa kurang mampu memberikan penetrasi berbahaya dr sisi kanan dan beberapa kali sering melakukan kesalahan sendiri :(

Haji Paidin
11-11-2013, 08:58 AM
Memang posisi idealnya Smalling itu bek tengah bukan bek kanan, Pertandingan lawan Arsenal tadi dirasa kurang mampu memberikan penetrasi berbahaya dr sisi kanan dan beberapa kali sering melakukan kesalahan sendiri :(

yang bener Mas Gan...??
Smalling main bagus banget lho semalam. Emang dari sisi support serangan masih kurang, tapi defense nya maut. Pantang tembus.

11-11-2013, 11:59 AM
Salut untuk Smalling tadi malam.
Bermain tanpa cela dalam pertahanan.
Doi cuma butuh latihan lagi dalam menyerang dan crossing :)
Jadi kangen ma GN :-D

11-11-2013, 12:36 PM
yang bener Mas Gan...??
Smalling main bagus banget lho semalam. Emang dari sisi support serangan masih kurang, tapi defense nya maut. Pantang tembus.

Menurut pendapat saya, Smalling bagus dlm hal membaca pergerakan pemain lawan, tapi kurang dalam hal crossing dan determinasi sebagai bek sayap. Memang saat ini United belum ada pengganti sepadan seperti Rafael, toh kl ada bukan posisi aslinya sebagai bek sayap :cmiiw:

25-11-2013, 10:33 AM
Lagi lagi saya harus bilang kembalikan posisi ideal Smalling adalah bek tengah, hanya karena dl pernah bermain bagus di posisi bek kanan jaman era SAF sampai saat ini tapi kurang nyaman aja liat permainannya IMHO

Aso Chrisjefta
25-11-2013, 11:24 AM
Kalo ferdinand dan vidic sudah termakan umur, yg ditunggu tuh pengganti mereka nanti. Siapa lagi kalo bukan Smalling - Evans :poys::thumbup:

Andi Istiabudi
28-12-2013, 12:52 AM
Bobol Gawang Hull, Chris Smalling Pede Sambangi Norwich

Bola.net - Defender Manchester United, Chris Smalling, menilai kemenangan penting 3-2 atas Hull City kemarin akan menjadi modal berharga saat bertandang melawan Norwich City.

Usai memenangi laga boxing day kontra The Tigers, Setan Merah bakal menjalani matchday 19 Premier League di Carrow Road. Smalling sendiri tengah dalam konfidensi tinggi, terutama usai berperan atas kemenangan timnya kemarin.

"Saya kira kemarin adalah poin yang sangat penting dan menjaga tren apik kami, yang mana begitu vital karena tak mudah ketika anda harus bermain lagi dua hari berselang. Selalu lebih mudah menjalani laga ketika anda berbekal kemenangan," ujar Smalling.

Lebih dari itu, bek timnas Inggris tersebut juga berusaha memastikan kestabilan performa timnya, agar tetap mampu bersaing dengan tim papan atas di liga.

"Kami punya keyakinan sebelum laga besok, dan usai kemenangan kemarin kami akan terus mencari poin. Kami sudah alami kemunduran musim ini, dan perlu memastikan tak lagi mengulanginya dengan terus menang." (sky/atg)

09-01-2014, 11:53 AM
Chris Smalling Issues Apology for Insensitive 'Jagerbomb' Costume

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nchester United defender Chris Smalling was shown on the front page of The Sun dressed in a 'Jaggerbomb' costume—an outfit that resembled a suicide bomber. On Wednesday he issued an apology for his actions.

The statement comes from Smalling's management company, Wasserman Media Group, via the Associated Press' Rob Harris:

Chris and his girlfriend hosted a fancy dress party to celebrate Christmas and their belated birthdays with close friends in the assumed privacy of his own home. He dressed in a costume consisting of empty bottles of Jagermeister and cans of Red Bull strapped to his chest in an attempted comedy play on the popular ‘Jagerbomb drink’. Although he fully accepts in hindsight it was an ill-thought out and insensitive decision, absolutely no harm was intended whatsoever and he apologises for any offence caused.

The Red Devils have declined to comment, according to a separate report from Harris via The Republic.

Bleacher Report's UK Twitter feed provides a look at the newspaper's front page, which shows the picture of Smalling:

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More bad news for Manchester United (via @TSBible)
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On the pitch, the Red Devils will hope this incident has little effect on Smalling, who has made 18 Premier League and Champions League appearances at both right-back and centre-back.

According to WhoScored.com, he has recorded 1.9 tackles, 1.0 interceptions and 5.9 clearances per match. He has been beaten by a dribble just two times all campaign.

With news that Nemanja Vidic is not expected to sign a new contract, via ESPN, Smalling will look to continue to prove that he should be a fixture in David Moyes' back four. Manchester United takes on Swansea City Saturday, Jan. 11, before a huge matchup with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Jan. 19, and it will be interesting to see how the aerial threat is used.

On the international scale, Smalling, who has eight caps with England, took part in friendlies against Germany and Chile in November.


troy andreas
09-01-2014, 08:28 PM
Kalau sampai di hukum FA keren deh elu Smalling, nambah penderitaan barisan belakang setelah Ferdinand cedera. :hammer: :hajar:



09-01-2014, 11:48 PM
Ada-ada aja nih Smalling..
Mending fokus bagaimana bisa tampil bagus dari match yang satu ke match yang lainnya..

10-01-2014, 01:12 AM
Ada-ada aja nih Smalling..
Mending fokus bagaimana bisa tampil bagus dari match yang satu ke match yang lainnya..

Mungkin dia lelah... :-":-"

10-01-2014, 09:50 AM
A picture of ignorance! Smalling has failed United on the pitch... now he does this

And so we can add England international Chris Smalling to the long, long list of stupid, stupid footballers.

A damning picture emerged on Wednesday of the Manchester United defender dressed in what appeared to be a suicide bomber costume during a pre-Christmas party at his home.

The ill-advised get-up was supposed to be an ‘attempted comedy play’ on a Jagerbomb: a drink consisting of the energy drink Red Bull and a shot of Jagermeister, a 35 per cent strength German digestif.

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Costume: Chris Smalling was dressed as a suicide bomber at a fancy dress party

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Young couple? Chris Smalling with Page 3 model Sam Cooke

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All smiles: Chris Smalling with Sam Cooke in pictures posted on the model's Instagram page

Smalling, 24, had empty bottles of Jagermeister strapped to his body and cans of Red Bull by his side but also wore an Arab head dress, a mock circuit board and cables on his chest.

He looked like a suicide bomber, all right; albeit a thirsty, alcohol-tolerant one.
Pouting as he posed with his arm casually draped around a friend, believed to be his partner, the Page 3 model Sam Cooke, Smalling also appears a silly, stupid boy with more money than sense.

Football’s stereotypes are unfairly applied in some cases but not in this instance.

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Troubled times: Manchester United have not managed to win any of their three games in 2014

Smalling has ‘apologised’ — by releasing a statement through his management company rather than having to actually utter the letters ‘S-O-R-R-Y’ — and insisted ‘no harm was intended whatsoever’.

That is undoubted but it does not excuse the unthinking, reckless decision to strap a plastic circuit board and a BlackBerry telephone to your chest and pretend it is one big joke.

It grates and it disgusts because the gulf between reality and celebrity, acceptability and offence, has never seemed wider.

These privileged, idolised individuals of the Premier League really do seem to feel they can do whatever they want: park in disabled spaces, post racist tweets or pose with replica guns. If people are angry, upset or outraged then so what?

Some will seek to excuse Smalling as a young man just having fun but this Manchester United player and England international is not just any young man.

Smalling has responsibilities to fulfil: as a likely member of Roy Hodgson’s World Cup squad, as a reigning champion of England and as a role model.

He has let himself down badly and, at a time when his club are deep in crisis after three consecutive defeats, the timing could not have been worse. With question marks over the futures of Rio Ferdinand, Nemanja Vidic and Patrice Evra, United need much more from him.

Smalling has not met the required minimum standards on the pitch this season and now he has failed to match them in his private life.

He has previous, too. In March 2011, front-page headlines told how he had been banned from London’s five-star May Fair Hotel after throwing a wild party that lasted until 4.30am.

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Wild night! Revellers at the party pose in colourful fancy dress costumes in pictures posted on Instagram

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Coming out of her shell: Sam Cooke (left) attended the fancy dress party as a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle

A 12-strong group ran up a £2,400 room service bill as burgers, fries and bottles of vodka, wine, beer and Amaretto liqueur were sent up to Smalling’s £2,000-a-night suite.

The lack of regard for anyone else who might have wanted a night’s sleep was one thing. Smalling, however, had also given away the penalty that Frank Lampard converted to give Chelsea a 2-1 win at Stamford Bridge that night.

His excuse this time is that his attire was chosen for a party in the ‘assumed privacy of his own home’. No-one would find out about it, basically. Oh, so that makes it all right, then?

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Colourful: Partygoers in fancy dress outfits ranging from Ali G to Bananaman pose for pictures

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TMNT: Sam Cooke poses with a friend before posting pictures online that can be seen by anyone

But in the reality TV world Smalling now courts, he clearly had not thought about his girlfriend, who was dressed as a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle, posting photographs on her Instagram social networking page. Anyone with access to the internet can see images of the big bash at the Smalling-Cooke household; of rich kids desperate to show off.

Good for them, but do not then come crying about infringements of privacy when it all goes horribly wrong.

It seems a particularly startling lack of judgment from Smalling because he is supposed to be one of the brighter ones. He earned A-levels in business studies, economics, media and maths at Chatham Grammar School in Kent and had a place at Loughborough University to study financial economics.

Despite moving from non-League Maidstone United to join Fulham in April 2008, he still used to visit his mother, Theresa, regularly and pick younger brother Jason up from school.

‘There’s a very level head on the shoulders of a very tall young man,’ said one of his old teachers, justifiably proud of the local boy done good, after his £10million move to Manchester United in January 2010.

There used to be, anyway. It seems there is just a desperately ill-judged fancy dress costume there now.


10-01-2014, 10:28 AM
beuh... smalling smalling... ngapain lg ni bocah..:-L

10-01-2014, 12:07 PM
Mungkin dia lelah... :-":-"

Bisa jadi sih bro..
Hehehe.. :D

10-01-2014, 02:54 PM
Hadeeeh, cari-cari masalah aja dah nih anak. Bisa bahaya nih lini belakang kalo sampe Smalling kena hukuman :nohope:

troy andreas
11-01-2014, 01:38 AM
Uda abis cerita kostumnya Smalling, sudah dapat pembelaan dari bos.

I think Chris understands it was the wrong thing to do," said the United boss.

"We have told him that and we have moved on."


Zee de Wazza
11-01-2014, 02:21 AM
Mr Inconsistent....kadang bagus kadang jelek...bulan Desember doi ikutan pemilihan pemain terbaik MUFC, Januari malah off-form banget n blunder mulu :crazy:

troy andreas
11-01-2014, 02:25 AM
Mr Inconsistent....kadang bagus kadang jelek...bulan Desember doi ikutan pemilihan pemain terbaik MUFC, Januari malah off-form banget n blunder mulu :crazy:

3 match lihat dulu doi main diposisi mana kebanyakan. ;)

20-02-2014, 04:34 PM
Red on the rise: Chris Smalling

In this regular new feature, we turn the spotlight on an in-form United player. Here, we assess the quietly impressive performances of Reds defender Chris Smalling...

Status Since arriving at Old Trafford from Fulham in 2010, languid London-born Chris has had to be patient for regular opportunities at the heart of the Reds' defence, his most natural position, as Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic ruled the roost. Previously, usually only injuries or rest time for those two experienced men offered up game time in his favoured role, while outings at right-back were gladly totted up. Smalling displayed his adaptability during the clean sheet display against Arsenal, starting in the centre and moving out to the right when Rafael's injury brought Ferdinand into the fray. Injuries at key times during three-and-a-half years as a Red have stymied his involvement, but he has matured physically and professionally and is beginning to shine in his own right, holding down a place in a central position he clearly intends to make his own.

Style Even when stationed out on the flanks, Smalling applies himself dutifully, but it's clear the 24-year-old's talents are best placed as a cerebral centre-half – reading the game, anticipating attacks and positioning himself in the right place to clear up danger with a calmness only top defenders possess. On form, he looks every bit the natural descendent of Rio's regal brand of cultured defending, and that is evidenced as he currently keeps Ferdinand out of the team. Former United and Stoke defender Danny Higginbotham says in our video, "Chris can go as far as he wants to go."

Standout moment He has received two consecutive nominations for ManUtd.com's Player of the Month award and his best recent performance came against Cardiff City, keeping livewire former Reds youth starlet Fraizer Campbell in check. The focus that night was all on Juan Mata's debut and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's Old Trafford return with his new club, but Smalling's performance typified his recent form: going about his game quietly, confidently and with a touch of class.

Statement of intent "All strikers get hyped so it's nice to keep them quiet. I get a lot of confidence from keeping good players quiet. I enjoy a last-ditch tackle or clearance – if a striker is one-on-one with the goalkeeper or has got in behind the defence and you get back and outmuscle them or slide in, it's a great feeling because the crowd appreciates that." – Chris Smalling, December 2013

Statistics Smalling has started 12 out of United's last 14 games, indicating his prominent standing in the team. That run has taken in seven wins, two draws and five defeats – although two of those losses were matches he didn't start – and he has contributed to five clean sheets during that spell. In his best recent display, against Cardiff at Old Trafford, he completed 40 out of 42 passes and had impressive defensive figures on tackles (3/3), clearances (10/10) and headed clearances (7/7). As ever with stats, the numbers only tell part of the story; Smalling is emerging as a centre-back of both style and substance.


24-03-2014, 11:21 AM
Crocked defender Smalling leaves bar at 3.15am chanting: 'We're Man United - we'll do what we want!'

Manchester United defender Chris Smalling has been pictured leaving a bar in the early hours of Saturday morning, where he was allegedly chanting club songs.

The 24-year-old was ruled out of the trip to West Ham with a hamstring injury, but showed no signs of the niggle affecting his mood.

Smalling had his arms outstretched and an eye-witness told the Manchester Evening News he was singing: 'We’ll do what we want. We’ll do what we want. We’re Man United. We’ll do what we want.'

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Out and about: Chris Smalling is pictured in the early hours of Saturday morning leaving a bar

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Sing-song: Smalling was chanting: 'We're Man United - we'll do what we want' down the street

The England international was partying with four friends, one of which was his brother, in the Manchester Spinningfields district.

And despite his injury, Smalling was also spotted running a short distance for his taxi.

'He’d obviously had a great night with his mates. They were singing football songs,' the eye-witness told the Manchester Evening News.

The defender is expected to be out for around a month, and it is yet to be seen what manager David Moyes thinks about his antics.

United beat West Ham 2-0 at Upton Park on the Saturday evening.


26-06-2014, 11:08 AM
Chris Smalling targets starting role

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Defender Chris Smalling has said he wants to secure a regular centre-back place for both England and Manchester United after making his World Cup debut in the 0-0 draw with Costa Rica.

Smalling started in a much-changed lineup for the final England game of a tournament that saw Roy Hodgson's side eliminated with a group game still to play.

The 24-year-old, who joined United from Fulham soon after having made the step up from non-league football, said: "Next season I will look to really kick on and cement my position.

"Roy knows that I am a centre-back, and I really want to cement it and be that No. 1. I feel that, if I get my chance, I can go out there and deliver.

"Hopefully if I can go back to my club in the summer and cement it, I can cement it for England as well. I am ready for this chance, and it is about time I took it."

Smalling praised the England fans who, despite their team's elimination, turned out in numbers in Belo Horizonte.

They had little to get excited about in a drab match of few chances, but still gave the players an ovation at the end of the 90 minutes.

"It was a really touching moment that they were right behind us at the end," Smalling said.

"You could accept it if they turned on us, but they didn't -- they have been terrific all the way through, and it will drive us on for next time to make sure we deliver."


02-07-2014, 09:58 AM
Kalau sampai transfer window ditutup United belum mendapatkan bek tengah, maka kita sangat berharap pemain ini bisa meningkatkan performanya (mau tidak mau)

07-10-2014, 02:55 PM
Why Chris Smalling Is Under Most Pressure for Man Utd Following Win over Everton

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Manchester United's victory over Everton was good news for fans, Louis van Gaal and the players on the pitch. However, it may bode less well for some of the players currently on the sidelines, through injury or suspension.

Although United collectively retreated into their shells during the last 20 minutes of the game, there were not really any poor individual performances on the pitch. Perhaps Marouane Fellaini may have been considered as a candidate for "player most under pressure," but his position at the club has not looked good for some time, so nothing new was learned during the Everton game.

Wayne Rooney may have cause for concern, in that his absence was barely felt, as United's attacking play was excellent in spite of his suspension. However, Van Gaal made it clear that his captain “has more privileges” in a press conference on 19 September (h/t The Independent), so it is too early to suggest anything has changed in this regard.

Juan Mata looked like he was trying a little too hard to impress—understandable given the pressure on his place in the side—but he has two more games in Rooney's absence to settle in, and he certainly did not have a bad game.

If Radamel Falcao had not opened his account, he may have found himself under pressure, although much of it looked self-imposed. The relief and joy he displayed on breaking his United duck was a fine indicator of the sense of responsibility he felt to provide the goals he has been signed for.

However, of all the players in United's squad, it is Chris Smalling upon whom Sunday's result and performance could weigh heaviest. United were linked with plenty of central defenders during the summer including repeated links with Mats Hummels, which the player has denied an interest in, per Bundesliga Magazin International (h/t Marcus Christenson of The Guardian).

Coupled with the emergence of Paddy McNair and Smalling's injury record, these are troubling times for the former Fulham man.

Speaking to MUTV before the Everton game (h/t ManUtd.com), Van Gaal said of McNair:

Normally, when you are playing in the first team for the first time, you are quiet. That is the case with most players, so it's no big surprise. What is more important is he knows what he is doing and why he is doing it. He has trained with us for a full week for the first time and he is doing great. I'm very pleased with him.

Given that McNair was even more impressive against Everton than he had been against West Ham, there is no guarantee that a more senior defender would reclaim his place on return from injury.

Smalling, Phil Jones and Jonny Evans have all had a very problematic injury record in recent seasons. However, Smalling would appear the most vulnerable of the three.

Given Van Gaal's apparent preference for playing one each of a right- and left-footed central defender, only one of Smalling, Jones and McNair are liable to start any game in which Van Gaal deploys a back four.

Smalling played as part of a back five during United's loss to Swansea on the opening day of the season, then sustained an injury during the first half of the 1-1 draw with Sunderland. His return to the side as a substitute against Leicester City was his first appearance for Van Gaal in a back four, and his hour on the pitch coincided with United conceding five goals.

It is fair to say he has done little to impress his current manager. At least Jones, before his injury, had been in good form. He may well also be under pressure, given his injury record, but Smalling combines a not-much-better injury record with lacklustre performances when he has been on the pitch.

Evans is in a similar position, in terms of his recent performances, but has displayed plenty of evidence of a good level of talent during his time at United.

If he gets an injury-free run, he may well return to a higher level of performance than he had displayed before his injury this season. Albeit, given his fitness history, that seems a very big if.

Van Gaal's willingness to deploy young players in the first team if they impress him enough has been a hallmark of his career. This is good news for United's youngsters, and for those of us amongst United fans who enjoy seeing academy players given a chance in the first team.

However, given how impressive McNair's first two games have been, and how unimpressive his own recent form has been, it looks like bad news for Chris Smalling.


Haji Paidin
07-10-2014, 06:41 PM
Mr Inconsistent.. kalau lagi bagus semua striker lawan bisa dia kantongin, kalau lagi jelek ya bocor
Smalling kalau menurut gw lebih cocok jad CB ketimbang WB, kalau main jadi WB kurang sigap, mau bantu serangan sering nanggung, cover posisi dia sendiri juga nanggung

08-10-2014, 01:50 PM
ini orang di gosipin kembali akan dibajak arsenal diakhir musim,kalo ga dipake ama van gaal ,dan banyakan di ruang physio,dan mungkin di januari nanti ada bek tengah yg masuk ke kubu united bisa jadi pertimbangan.... dan agent welbeck nampaknya akan berperan dalam proses transfer

ttd: biang gosip \m/

troy andreas
08-10-2014, 02:04 PM
ini orang di gosipin kembali akan dibajak arsenal diakhir musim,kalo ga dipake ama van gaal ,dan banyakan di ruang physio,dan mungkin di januari nanti ada bek tengah yg masuk ke kubu united bisa jadi pertimbangan.... dan agent welbeck nampaknya akan berperan dalam proses transfer

ttd: biang gosip \m/

Sejak masih di Fulham, CS sudah diminati om Wenger. Yah dari pada jadi kambing hitam terus, disalahkan terus.. Mending lepas aja daripada nanti dianggap mematikan karir CS. :))

rio vander vidic
02-11-2014, 10:33 PM
Ini dia man of the match..!!
Sangat serius, dan penuh determinasi..
Kejeniusannya menganggu hart juga patut diacungi jempol..

Pokoknya pemain ini united banget deh..
Gak bisa ngebayangin, apa jadinya united tanpa smalling..

We love you smalling..we do..!!

02-11-2014, 10:53 PM
Menunggu stamansa; :))

02-11-2014, 10:57 PM
Bingung month comment, mau maki2 tapi United player juga.. We love you smoling juga deh..:hammer

rio vander vidic
02-11-2014, 11:00 PM
Ayo smaaaaaaaalling..!!
Kamu keren bgt tadi..!!
Tipe2 pemain bertahan united bgt..!!

Beda tipis sama stam..!!

03-11-2014, 04:01 AM
Menunggu stamansa; :))

Hihihi sialan :))
Sudahlah, pemain ini memang gak pantas di United. Saatnya LvG memberi kesempatan McNair

03-11-2014, 12:01 PM
Bapak kamu Smalling ya? | Iya, kok tau? | Karena kecantikan kamu telah menyemalingkan duniaku #ea (http://www.unitedindonesia.org/forum/usertag.php?do=list&action=hash&hash=ea)

=)) :ngacir:

noerdiana 11
04-11-2014, 05:43 PM
Fulham bangetzzzz

rio vander vidic
04-11-2014, 07:54 PM
Bapak kamu Smalling ya? | Iya, kok tau? | Karena kecantikan kamu telah menyemalingkan duniaku #ea (http://www.unitedindonesia.org/forum/usertag.php?do=list&action=hash&hash=ea)

=)) :ngacir:

Senyum dikala macet..
Smalling jd banyak pahalanya nih..
Bikin org senyum2 terus..hehehe..

Btw udh liat meme yg ganteng2 sring kalah bro?
Asli, bikin ngakak..hehe..

04-11-2014, 09:37 PM
Senyum dikala macet..
Smalling jd banyak pahalanya nih..
Bikin org senyum2 terus..hehehe..

Btw udh liat meme yg ganteng2 sring kalah bro?
Asli, bikin ngakak..hehe..


Yang ini ya mas? Kebetulan ada Mr.Smalling juga tuh :D :peace:

rio vander vidic
04-11-2014, 09:43 PM

Yang ini ya mas? Kebetulan ada Mr.Smalling juga tuh :D :peace:

Wahahaha..bener gambarnya..hehe..
Tuh kan ketawa lagi..
Bener2 tambah pahala si Smalling..hehe..

05-11-2014, 10:28 PM
tingkah konyol smalling lawan city bikin beberapa kalangan emosi, karena menyayangkan tindakan yg merugikan klub :(
di balik lini belakang United yg belum "sehat" smalling malah melakukan hal konyol... :((

rio vander vidic
30-11-2014, 12:02 AM
Dr kmaren saya nyela smalling terus..
Tp kali ini dia main kereeeeeen..euy..!!
Belom pernah liat dia main sebagus ini kayaknya sebelumnya..hehe..
Congratulations smalling..yeeeeeiiy..!!

30-11-2014, 05:42 PM
semakin berkembang permainan anak muda ini, semoga blundernya semakin menghilang

Haji Paidin
01-12-2014, 07:17 PM
penyakit lama Smalling yang nggak sembuh sembuh : nggak bisa konsisten.. kalau lagi bagus ya level dewa, kalau keluar ngaconya ya ngaco sengaco ngaconya
secara talenta sih Smalling sangat bagus, kalau bisa menyembuhkan penyakitnya, gw yakin dia bakal jadi bek level dewa

01-12-2014, 07:54 PM
Apakah Smalling jadi korban ketika salah satu dari Varane, Hummels, dan Miranda datang berlabuh ke OT suatu saat nanti (bisa jadi dalam waktu dekat)??
Menarik nih ditunggu,,secara arsene wenger juga tertarik ama si Smalling..hehehe :D

Andi Istiabudi
04-12-2014, 05:09 PM
Smalling: Keyakinan United Telah Kembali

Bola.net - Pemain bertahan Manchester United, Chris Smalling, mengatakan bahwa klubnya kini telah kembali menemukan keyakinan dan rasa percaya diri yang sebelumnya sempat hilang.

Kemenangan atas Stoke City (03/12) membuat United mencatat empat kemenangan beruntun di Premier League dan Smalling yakin klub bisa meneruskannya menjadi lima akhir pekan ini.

"Ya, saya pikir kami bisa. Saya pikir saat ini kami berada di momen yang bagus. Kami sudah mendapatkan kembali keyakinan yang sempat hilang. Sekarang kami akan bekerja keras selama satu pekan ini, karena kami sudah dinanti dua laga penting," tutur Smalling pada Sky Sports.

"Kami sudah tampil bagus di dua laga sebelumnya. Jika kami bisa mempertahankan ini, kami akan jauh lebih baik. Kami senang bisa terus bermain dan mendapat hasil yang bagus. Saya pikir mulai ada banyak pemain yang turun secara reguler saat ini," pungkasnya. (sky/rer)

28-02-2015, 10:22 AM
Chris Smalling sewaktu di Maidstone United (2007) :))

28-02-2015, 02:06 PM
Chris Smalling sewaktu di Maidstone United (2007) :))

Wkwkwkwk... :))
Culun bgt mukanya...
Ditambah rambut kribo gitu pula...makin manteb tuh foto... =))

02-03-2015, 09:22 AM
Wkwkwkwk... :))
Culun bgt mukanya...
Ditambah rambut kribo gitu pula...makin manteb tuh foto... =))

Ane jg ngakak abis pertama liat om :))
Mungkin bisa lg tuh model rambut, biar nemenin Fella :D

rio vander vidic
02-03-2015, 04:59 PM
Kocik fotonyaaaa..wahahaha..
Lebih menghibur fotonya dr permainannya nih orang..hihi..

31-03-2015, 11:32 PM
Chris Smalling Tak Sabar Hadapi Italia


Smalling menyebut duel kontra Italia akan menjadi salah satu pertandingan terbesar yang pernah ia dapati.

Chris Smalling mengaku tak sabar untuk membawa Inggris (http://www.goal.com/id-ID/teams/england/inggris/774/squad) meladeni Italia (http://www.goal.com/id-ID/teams/italy/italia/1318/squad). Kedua tim akan saling berhadapan dalam sebuah laga uji coba yang mengambil tempat di Juventus Stadium, Kamis (1/4) dini hari WIB.

Dalam keterangannya kepada laman resmi FA, bek Manchester United (http://www.goal.com/id-ID/teams/england/manchester-united-fc/662/team-news) itu meyakini dirinya tengah berada dalam performa terbaik dan siap untuk menghadang gempuran para pemain Italia arahan Antonio Conte.

“Saya pikir itu nantinya akan menjadi salah satu pertandingan terbesar saya. Ketika Anda mendapat kesempatan untuk menghadapi lawan dengan kaliber seperti itu, maka Anda tentu menantikannya,” demikian Smalling.

“Ketika kami pergi latihan, saya menjalaninya dengan serius untuk memastikan bahwa manajer [Roy Hodgson] memilih saya.

“Saya merasa saya tengah berada dalam performa terbaik saya dan manajer telah menunjukkan kepercayaannya pada saya. Saya harus tetap fit dalam dua bulan ke depan dan saya tengah menikmati permainan saya,” tutupnya.

01-04-2015, 08:55 PM
Smalling Kemungkinan Sudah Bisa Dimainkan Kontra Aston Villa

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​Kabar gembira untuk Manchester United dan manajer Louis van Gaal setelah bek Chris Smalling dinyatakan fit untuk menghadapi Aston Villa pada akhir pekan nanti, Sabtu (4/4).

Sebelumnya kondisi Smalling diragukan tampil karena mengeluh mengalami sakit saat bermain untuk Timnas Inggris di laga persahabatan kontra Italia, Rabu (1/4) dini hari WIB. Smalling pun akhirnya diganti dua menit jelang babak pertama usai oleh rekan setimnya, Michael Carrick.

Tapi dilansir ​Daily Star (http://www.dailystar.co.uk/sport/football/434046/Chris-Smalling-FIT-face-Aston-Villa-after-coming-against-Italy), pemain 25 tahun ini bisa dimainkan oleh Van Gaal dalam menghadapi Villa. Tentunya ini menjadi kabar bagus untuk United di tengah kompetisi untuk meraih satu tiket ke Champions League.

Di musim ini Smalling tampil 22 kali untuk United dan mencetak tiga gol.


10-04-2015, 09:17 PM
Chris Smalling baru buat akun Twitter... Go follow:

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11-04-2015, 03:01 AM
Chris Smalling baru buat akun Twitter... Go follow:

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Adnan Januzaj juga baru buat tadi setelah Smalling tuh.
Sorry OOT dikit :peace:

11-04-2015, 06:49 AM
Adnan Januzaj juga baru buat tadi setelah Smalling tuh.
Sorry OOT dikit :peace:
Ini thread Smalling bukan Januzaj om =))

13-04-2015, 11:43 AM
For the first time

18-04-2015, 04:47 AM
Chris Smalling Optimistis Dapatkan Angka Di Stamford Bridge

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Menurut Smalling, kans Manchester United meraih angka di markas Chelsea terbuka lebar.

Manchester United akan melawat ke Stamford Bridge akhir minggu ini untuk menghadapi tuan rumah Chelsea dalam lanjutan Liga Primer Inggris.
Ditegaskan Chris Smalling, United datang dengan kepercayaan diri dan memasang target bisa membuat kejutan, sekaligus mencuri angka dari Chelsea.

"Laga ini bakal sulit, mereka menjadi tim paling konsisten di musim ini dan mereka pantas berada di posisi mereka saat ini," kata Smalling, Sabtu (18/4).

"Tapi saya pikir kami bisa pergi ke Stamford Bridge dengan keyakinan karena performa yang sudah kami tunjukkan belakangan ini."

"Kami sudah menunjukkan kami bisa menjadi tim yang sulit ditaklukkan, dan kami memiliki pemain yang bisa menentukan hasil, terutam tiga pemain depan kami yang berada di performa terbaik mereka," tandasnya.


21-04-2015, 10:29 PM
Selamat kontrak barunya Smalling. Bek terbaik United saat ini. Moga kedepannya lebih beruntung dengan cedera.

21-04-2015, 10:46 PM
Selamat kontrak barunya Smalling. Bek terbaik United saat ini. Moga kedepannya lebih beruntung dengan cedera.


Yup, semoga ga gampang cedera. Bek United musim ini yang paling banyak nyetak gol kan.
No defender in the Premier League this season has scored more goals (4) than Chris Smalling. Chris Smalling has scored the same number of Premier League goals this season (4) as Rickie Lambert, Fabio Borini & Mario Balotelli combined.
Chris Smalling has the highest pass accuracy (88%) of any Man United defender in the Premier League this season.

21-04-2015, 11:16 PM
Smalling signs new contract

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Chris Smalling has signed a new contract at Manchester United which keeps him at the club until at least June 2019.

The England international, 25, has won two Premier League medals with United, made 147 appearances, and scored nine goals since his debut against Chelsea in the Community Shield in August 2010.

Louis van Gaal said: "Chris has improved and developed immensely during the short time that I have been at the club and has become an integral part of the first-team squad. He always conducts himself in a very professional manner and it is also pleasing that he has scored some important goals this season too. I am delighted he has signed a new contract."

Chris Smalling said: "I’m delighted to sign my new contract. I am so proud to play for such a great club. We have developed as a team over the course of the season under Louis van Gaal and we are now playing as a complete unit. This is a very exciting time to be at Manchester United, we are all determined to get back to where we belong and competing at the highest level."

22-04-2015, 09:31 AM
Smalling udah. Tinggal nunggu Jones dan yang pasti DDG klo bisa.

Andi Istiabudi
22-04-2015, 09:46 AM
Smalling udah. Tinggal nunggu Jones dan yang pasti DDG klo bisa.

Smalling bakal jadi legenda United nih kalau tetap di OT sampai 2019.
Kalau David De Gea sepertinya sih bakal tetap bertahan namun memberi keputusannya di saat-saat akhir :D

22-04-2015, 10:45 AM
Chris Smalling signs new long-term deal with Manchester United worth in the region of £80,000 a week keeping the England defender at Old Trafford until 2019

* Chris Smalling agrees new long-term Manchester United contract
* The deal is believed to worth around £80,000 a week
* 25-year-old has become a regular starter under Louis van Gaal
* Van Gaal reveals he's 'delighted' that Smalling has penned a new deal

Chris Smalling has signed a three-year contract extension at Manchester United worth in the region of £80,000-a-week after turning his career around at Old Trafford.

The 25-year-old England centre-back had been linked with a move to Arsenal after struggling to hold down a first-team place at United and being branded ‘stupid’ by manager Louis van Gaal for his sending-off in the Manchester derby at the Etihad earlier this season.

Smalling was also guilty of several off-the-field indiscretions, including being pictured going to a fancy-dress party as a suicide bomber last year.

But the defender has matured under Van Gaal and become a regular starter in the Dutchman’s team this season. He was due to be out of contract next summer but has now committed himself to United until 2019.

Van Gaal said: ‘I am delighted he has signed a new contract. Chris has improved and developed immensely during the short time that I have been at the club and has become an integral part of the first-team squad.

‘He always conducts himself in a very professional manner and it is also pleasing that he has scored some important goals this season too.’

Smalling, who cost United £10million from Fulham in 2010, has made 147 appearances and won two Premier League titles.

Four of his nine goals for the club have come this season, including one in the Old Trafford derby earlier this month as United beat City 4-2.

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Smalling shakes hands with Dutch boss Van Gaal after signing his new long-term deal

He said: ‘I am so proud to play for such a great club. We have developed as a team over the course of the season under Louis van Gaal and we are now playing as a complete unit.

‘This is a very exciting time to be at Manchester United. We are all determined to get back to where we belong and competing at the highest level.’

Smalling has established himself as a permanent member of England's squad during the Euro 2016 qualifying campaign and that boils down to his vast improvement under Van Gaal.

With a top four finish and Champions League qualification close to being secured, the 25-year-old can look forward to more European adventures as his development continues.

After the disappointment of last season, Van Gaal has instilled a level of confidence into his players and Smalling has thrived under his tenure since the turn of the year.

The former Fulham man is keeping big summer signing Marcos Rojo out of the side at and that's testament to his improvements after a difficult start to the season.

Smalling is expected to keep his place in United's starting eleven for the visit to Everton, as the Red Devils look to get back to winning ways after defeat at Chelsea.


27-04-2015, 06:07 AM
Ditumbangkan Everton, Performa MU Kecewakan Smalling

Bola.net - Dalam dua pertandingan terakhir, gawang Manchester United kebobolan total empat gol. Satu lawan Chelsea dan tiga saat bertandang melawan Everton dan United selalu gagal mencetak gol balasan

Seakan mengamini Louis van Gaal, salah seorang pemain bertahan Setan Merah, Chris Smalling melihat timnya kurang agresif. Dan hal tersebut membuatnya kecewa.

"Saya rasa laga tadi adalah pertama kalinya di musim ini di mana kami bermain tanpa kecepatan sejak peluit babak pertama dibunyikan. Dari momen pertama hingga terakhir kami tertinggal dari lawan kami. Saya rasa kami kurang agresif." terangnya pada BBC Sport yang dikutip sportsmole.co.uk.

Selain itu, Smalling juga memuji Everton yang diakuinya sangat sulit untuk ditembus. Tapi ia menyadari hal tersebut sebagai konsekuensi dari rentetan hasil bagus yang pernah mereka catatkan.

"Everton bermain dengan sangat kompak dan kami tidak bisa menemukan ruang dan meruntuhkan pertahanannya. Seperti itulah lawan-lawan kami bermain setelah kami meraih hasil-hasil bagus sebelumnya."

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Carragher: Smalling Bisa Jadi 'Pemimpin' Pertahanan MU

Bola.net - Mantan pemain Liverpool, Jamie Carragher mengatakan keyakinannya bahwa Chris Smalling akan menjadi jantung pertahanan Manchester United di masa mendatang.

Smalling baru saja menandatangani kontrak baru awal pekan ini. Dan musim ini, dirinya menjadi salah satu pilihan utama Louis van Gaal di pertahanan The Red Devils.

Dan dikatakan Carragher, melihat permainan dan sikap Smalling di atas lapangan, ia yakin bahwa Smalling punya masa depan cerah di Old Trafford.

"Saya pikir akhir-akhir ini anda bisa melihat karya Van Gaal untuk sisi pertahanan. Melihat Smalling bermain, anda dapat melihat dia menjadi lebih dari seorang pemimpin, ia lebih vokal," ujarnya.

"Dia tampak menjadi salah satu pemain yang mendorong bola keluar dari pertahanan dan memberikan instruksi ke pemain berbeda. Dan itu hanya bisa menambah kepercayaan diri dengan sedikit kedewasaan dan ia lebih bertanggung jawab," tandasnya.

27-04-2015, 06:14 AM
Chris Smalling mengaku kecewa kalah telak dari Everton dan menegaskan di pertandingan berikutnya harus bermain lebih baik.

"Kami sangat kecewa. Mereka memiliki lebih banyak serangan dibandingkan kami. Kami juga kehilangan kecepatan,"

"Ini adalah 'wake-up call' yang sangat besar buat kami. Kami memiliki 4 pertandingan tersisa dan kami harus bermain lebih baik daripada yang kami lakukan hari ini."

"Kami akan memastikan kami belajar dari kekalahan ini. Saya rasa Anda akan melihat Manchester United yang berbeda Sabtu depan."

11-05-2015, 07:54 PM
Eks United: Smalling Bisa Jadi The Next Vidic

Bola.net - Mantan penggawa Manchester United, Garth Crook meyakini kalau Chris Smalling memiliki kualitas yang bisa membuatnya selevel dengan mantan kapten Setan Merah, Nemanja Vidic.

Sempat dirumorkan bakal didepak, Smalling ternyata menunjukkan penampilan yang menjanjikan di bawah arahan Louis Van Gaal musim ini. Sebagai buktinya Smalling baru saja mendapatkan perpanjangan kontrak baru dari klub.

"Pemuda ini (Chris Smalling) mulai mampu mengisi lubang besar yang ditinggalkan oleh Nemanja Vidic. Tidak pernah ada keraguan akan kualitas Smalling dalam bertahan namun ada beberapa yang harus diperhatikan dari kemampuan olah bolanya." kata Crook.

"Di laga melawan Crystal Palace dia bukan hanya terlihat kompeten, namun ia juga mampu bertanggung jawab dalam mengatur pertahanan. Di awal musim para fans United ingin klub mendatangkan dua bek tengah baru, namun saya rasa sekarang mereka hanya membutuhkan satu saja." pungkasnya.

12-05-2015, 09:23 AM
Smalling Anggap Van Gaal Sukses Bangkitkan Performa Young

Bola.net - Defender Manchester United Chris Smalling merasa terkesan dengan penampilan cemerlang yang ditunjukkan Ashley Young musim ini. Smalling meyakini bahwa Louis Van Gaal berperan besar dalam mengangkat penampilan Young.

Young sempat digosipkan menjadi pemain pertama yang bakal hengkang begitu Van Gaal tiba di Old Trafford pada bulan Juli lalu. Namun yang terjadi justru pemain berusia 29 tahun itu merupakan salah satu pemain yang penampilannya konsisten sepanjang musim ini.

"Ashley hebat. Setiap kali dia mendapat bola dia tampak seperti akan menaklukkan lawan. Dia menjadi ancaman nyata musuh dalam beberapa minggu terakhir," kata Smalling.

"Ini bisa menambah kepercayaan diri dan manajer selama ini begitu mempercayainya."

Smalling percaya bahwa Young masih pantas untuk dipanggil membela timnas Inggris. Ia berharap Roy Hodgson akan memberikan kesempatan kepada Young dalam waktu dekat ini.

"Saya pikir cuma ketidakpastian yang dia punya. Saya pikir Inggris selalu membutuhkan pemain seperti itu. Dia sudah pernah berada di sana sebelumnya dan saya yakin dia tidak akan jauh."

18-05-2015, 12:46 PM
Smalling Merasa Terhormat Jadi Kapten Manchester United

Bola.net - Pemain bertahan Manchester United, Chris Smalling merasa terhormat ditunjuk sebagai kapten Setan Merah saat menghadapi Arsenal.

Seperti diketahui, Louis van Gaal terpaksa memilih Smalling sebagai kapten karena sang kapten utama, Wayne Rooney absen sementara Michael Carrick juga cedera.

Dan dikatakan Smalling, ditunjuk menjadi kapten di pertandingan besar tak ada perasaan lain selain merasa terhormat.

"Ini adalah kehormatan yang membanggakan menjadi kapten dan salah satu yang semua orang harapkan," ungkapnya.

18-05-2015, 01:16 PM
Carrick: Smalling Telah Jadi Pemimpin Lini Belakang MU

Bola.net - Manchester United sempat menjalani beberapa laga awal di musim ini dengan dengan buruk. Salah satu alasannya adalah tidak adanya sosok pemimpin di lini belakang setelah Rio Ferdinand, Nemanja Vidic, dan Patrice Evra memutuskan hengkang.

Namun sepertinya United tidak perlu lagi mengkhawatirkan hal tersebut karena Chris Smalling telah menunjukkan jiwa kepemimpinan yang amat baik. Setidaknya itulah pendapat dari sang rekan satu tim, Michael Carrick

Menurut Carrick, Smalling telah berubah menjadi sosok yang lebih vocal dan nampak menjadi pemimpin di lini belakang Setan Merah dalam beberapa bulan terakhir.

Carrick on Smalling: "He's really developed in the last few months and become more vocal, a leader in the back four." #mufclive

— Manchester United (@ManUtd) May 17, 2015

Smalling sendiri ditunjuk untuk menjadi kapten di laga kontra Arsenal tadi malam. Laga itu sendiri berakhir dengan skor imbang 1-1.

20-05-2015, 08:53 AM
Smalling Minta MU Tiru Konsistensi Chelsea

Bola.net - Chris Smalling meminta Manchester United agar mencontoh Chelsea yang bisa tampil konsisten sehingga akhirnya bisa menjadi juara EPL musim ini.

Setan Merah sempat tampil tak meyakinkan di bawah asuhan Louis Van Gaal di awal musim ini. Namun seiring berjalannya kompetisi, pasukan United mampu tampil kian solid. Kini, mereka sudah memastikan posisi mereka aman di empat besar dan meraih satu tiket ke Liga Champions.

Performa mantap tersebut membuat United disebut menjadi salah satu kandidat juara EPL musim depan. Namun, menurut Smalling timnya itu ia sebut masih memiliki kekurangan untuk bisa disebut sebagai salah satu penantang gelar juara musim depan. Kekurangan itu adalah soal konsistensi, dan ia pun meminta rekan-rekannya untuk mencontoh Chelsea yang bisa tampil konsisten di sepanjang musim ini.

"Seiring berjalannya waktu, performa kami semakin membaik. Namun konsistensi Chelsea sejak dimulainya kompetisi musim ini telah membuat mereka menjadi juara," ujar Smalling pada situs resmi Setan Merah.

"Kadang kala mereka tak bermain baik dan tetap memenangkan pertandingan yang mereka lakoni. Musim depan, kami harus memulai musim dengan mengungguli klub lain dan menjaga konsistensi tersebut," serunya.

20-05-2015, 10:20 AM
Oh jadi Smalling minta tim utk mencontohi konsisten tim London Biru? Baiklah
Kami para fans juga meminta Smalling utk jadi lebih baik lagi, jangan sering-sering ketinggalan sama pemain yg punya speed yg diatas rata-rata, jangan sering blunder, jangan cuma menonjol saat lawan yg ece-ece aja, ingat..kalo musim depan masuk UCL maka tim yg kita hadapi juga punya kualitas yg sangat baik. Ok? ;-)

23-05-2015, 02:44 PM
Chris Smalling Bidik Kemenangan Di Markas Hull City


Meski tidak lagi ada yang dipertaruhkan untuk pertandingan nanti, Smalling ingin memberikan kemenangan bagi suporternya yang datang jauh-jauh ke KC Stadium.

Bek Chris Smalling membidik kemenangan saat Manchester United diharuskan bertandang ke markas Hull City dalam lanjutan Liga Primer Inggris matchday ke-38 di KC Stadium, Minggu (24/5) malam WIB.

Di pertandingan terakhir musim ini, United, yang tidak lagi memiliki target karena sudah lolos ke ajang Liga Champions musim depan, tetap ingin mendulang tiga angka sebagaimana itu ditujukan untuk menyenangkan hati suporter yang datang jauh guna mendukung Setan Merah, demikian seperti yang ditekankan Smalling.

Dalam keterangannya kepada MUTV, kapten sementara United itu berkata: “Kami tidak memiliki pertaruhan apa pun [untuk nanti] namun, seperti yang manajer [Louis van Gaal] katakan sebelumnya, kami selalu bermain demi kebangaan,” ujarnya.

“Kami akan tampil di sana untuk memastikan kami mengakhiri musim ini dengan gemilang, dan demi semua fans yang datang jauh, kami akan memberi mereka sesuatu untuk dinyanyikan,” imbuhnya.

Laga akhir pekan nanti menjadi penentuan nasib bagi Hull arahan Steve Bruce. Untuk saat ini, The Tigers berada di jurang degradasi dan terpaut dua angka dari tim penghuni zona aman, Newcastle United.

Sesuatunya masih mungkin untuk Hull dan Bruce andai mereka mampu mengalahkan United di KC Stadium sembari berharap Newcastle menelan kekalahan di tempat lain.


10-06-2015, 08:11 PM
Smalling: Saya & Jones Sukses Gantikan Vidic & Ferdinand

Bola.net - Chris Smalling percaya bahwa ia dan Phil Jones sudah membuktikan bahwa mereka bisa menjadi pasangan bek terbaik Manchester United untuk beberapa tahun mendatang.

Duo pemain tersebut menutup musim perdana di bawah asuhan Louis van Gaal dengan membawa tim duduk di peringkat empat klasemen. Smalling lantas yakin bahwa ia dan Jones bisa menggantikan peran Nemanja Vidic dan Rio Ferdinand sebagai tembok tangguh Setan Merah.

"Kami sudah membuktikan bahwa kami bisa mengisi lubang yang mereka tinggalkan. Ketika anda kehilangan seorang bek tengah, harus ada yang siap menggantikan. Untungnya kami bisa melakukan hal tersebut," jelas Smalling pada BBC Sport.

"Kami membutuhkan waktu untuk membangun kerja sama tim dan kami mendapat kesempatan tersebut musim ini. Sekarang kami tinggal meneruskannya musim depan," pungkasnya.

Smalling dan Jones bisa menghadapi persaingan yang lebih ketat musim depan, usai klub sempat beberapa kali dikaitkan dengan bek Valencia, Nicolas Otamendi.

10-06-2015, 08:18 PM
Smalling: Saya dan Jones Adalah Duo Terbaik di United

Bola.net - Pemain bertahan Manchester United, Chris Smalling, percaya bahwa ia dan rekan satu timnya, Phil Jones adalah duo bek terbaik di Old Trafford. Keduanya memang kerap tampil berpasangan di lini belakang United musim lalu.

Selain itu, pemain 25 tahun tersebut menyebut bahwa dirinya dan Jones telah berhasil menggantikan posisi Rio Ferdinand dan Nemanja Vidic yang merupakan duo bek terbaik yang dimiliki United selama ini. Sebagaimana diketahui, keduanya telah meninggalkan Old Trafford musim lalu.

Dilaporkan BBC, Smalling mengatakan bahwa keduanya sudah membuktikan diri bisa saling kompak menjaga pertahanan The Red Devils. "Kami sudah membuktikan jika kami bisa saling mengisi," kata punggawa tim nasional Inggris itu.

"Kami (dirinya dan Jones) telah memiliki kesempatan musim ini dan tugas kami adalah mempertahankan performa di musim yang akan datang," tegas Smalling.

Baik Smalling dan Jones diprediksi akan kembali kedatangan pesaing di lini belakang United setelah Nicolas Otamendi dihubungkan dengan klub yang berbasis di kota Manchester itu.

10-06-2015, 09:35 PM
Semoga makin klop aja, apalagi di timnas Inggris juga bermain bersama. :-bd

10-06-2015, 11:07 PM
Asal konsisten dan jangan cedera aja. saya sih yakin sama kemampuan mereka berdua :D

12-06-2015, 08:08 AM
Smalling Puji Gaya Sepakbola Van Gaal

Bola.net - Pemain bertahan Manchester United, Chris Smalling memberikan pujian kepada Louis van Gaal. Smalling pun mengklaim ia cocok dengan gaya permainan yang diinginkan pelatih.

Louis van Gaal diangkat sebagai pelatih untuk menggantikan David Moyes yang dipecat. Tugas berat didapatkan pelatih asal Belanda itu untuk mengembalikan kejayaan Setan Merah.

Meskipun sempat terseok-seok di awal musim, The Red Devils mampu bangkit dan akhirnya mampu menembus posisi keempat di akhir musim.

"Bermain untuk pelatih di Manchester United telah mengembangkan permainan saya. Kami mengambil lebih banyak resiko dari mayoritas tim Premier League, tetapi pelatih ingin kami bermain, ingin kami menyebarkan bola," ujarnya.

"Itu adalah sesuatu yang kami sepenuhnya ambil, itulah gayanya, dan saya pikir itu telah membantu saya," tandasnya.

rio vander vidic
12-06-2015, 02:30 PM
Smalling kayanya cocok ya jadi komentator..hehe..

Berhasil gantiin rio dan vida?
Iyalah..orang mereka udh pindah..wahhaa..
Posisinya sih sama, tp skillnya masih beda coy..hehe..

Tp mudah2an sih musim depannya makin konsisten..
Secara udh pernah jd kapten..huhuy..hehe..

19-06-2015, 12:40 PM
Smalling Antusias Bertemu PSG dan Barcelona di Pramusim

Bola.net - Pemain bertahan Manchester United, Chris Smalling mengaku yakin bahwa uji coba pramusim melawan PSG dan Barcelona akan sangat berguna bagi timnya.

Manchester United memang akan bertemu dua raksasa Eropa itu saat tampil di ajang International Champions Cup di Amerika Serikat. MU akan bertemu Barca pada 25 Juli sebelum tampil menghadapi PSG empat hari setelahnya.

"Saya benar-benar menantikannya. Kami sudah pernah melawan Barcelona sebelumnya di pramusim (2011 dan 2012) dan di saat-saat itu stadionnya selalu menakjubkan, selalu penuh. Memiliki kesempatan menguji diri sendiri melawan tim-tim terbaik seperti mereka akan menjadi langkah bagus dalam persiapan kami untuk musim baru," ujarnya.

Bukan hanya melawan Barcelona yang membuat Smalling begitu antusias. Menurutnya, melawan PSG juga akan memiliki pengalaman bagus bagi timnya untuk musim depan.

"Bermain melawan PSG untuk pertama kali akan menawarkan ujian yang berbeda, dan selalu penting untuk menghadapi tim-tim yang berbeda dari liga yang berbeda. Kami mungkin saja bisa melawan mereka di tahap tertentu musim depan, asalkan kami bisa lolos dari babak kualifikasi Liga Champions. Ini akan jadi uji coba yang bagus," tandasnya.

20-06-2015, 03:48 PM
Smalling: Butuh Seluruh Tim Untuk Hentikan Messi

Bola.net - Pemain bertahan Manchester United, Chris Smalling menilai bahwa seluruh pemain dalam tim harus bahu-membahu bekerja keras bila ingin menghentikan Lionel Messi.

Smalling sendiri memiliki kesempatan untuk menghadapi Messi di pramusim ini. Yakni saat Manchester United bertemu dengan Barcelona pada turnamen di Amerika Serikat yang juga diikuti PSG, San Jose Earthquakes dan Club America itu.

Dan dikatakan Smalling, dirinya sangat antusias menghadapi Messi. Namun menurutnya, untuk menghentikan Messi, ia atau pun pemain bertahan tak bisa bekerja sendiri, tapi butuh dukungan dari seluruh tim.

"Messi adalah pemain yang ingin melihat ruan dan anda perlu untuk menjaganya dengan ketat untuk menghentikannya," ujarnya.

"Saya pikir seluruh tim harus bekerja bersama-sama, bukan hanya empat bek saja. Bila ada satu orang yang tak sinkron, ia akan menemukan ruang dan mengobrak-abriknya," tandasnya.

23-06-2015, 04:02 PM

Manchester United defender Chris Smalling believes the opportunity to face Paris Saint Germain and Barcelona, two of European football's most pre-eminent sides, will serve the Reds in good stead ahead of the highly anticipated 2015/16 season.

Louis van Gaal’s men will take on the champions of France and Spain as part of this summer's Tour 2015, presented by Aon, and Smalling is relishing the chance to test himself against two elite sides.

Smalling is particularly keen to soak up the experience of playing against both PSG and Barca, given that United could potentially meet both teams in this season's UEFA Champions League.

“I’m really looking forward to it," Chris told ManUtd.com. "We’ve faced Barcelona before during pre-season [2011 and 2012] and on those occasions the stadiums were amazing.

"It was a packed house for both matches. To have the chance to test yourself against the best will be another good step in our preparation for the new season.

“Playing PSG for the first time will offer a different sort of test, and it’s always important to be exposed to different teams from different leagues,” he added. “We may end up playing them later on in the season, providing we can get through our Champions League qualifier, so it will be a good test."

As a centre-back, the England international could be handed the unenviable task of stifling the threats of PSG captain Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Catalan golden boy Lionel Messi. Smalling is undeterred, however, and expects both to offer their own unique challenges.

“They are two very different players,” Chris insisted. “Messi is a player who wants that space and you need to get tight to him to stop him turning. I think the whole team has to work together, not just the back four. If there’s one person out of sync,

01-07-2015, 12:20 PM
Chris Smalling enjoys the heights of Machu Picchu with model girlfriend Sam Cooke as he prepares for Manchester United return

Chris Smalling is currently on holiday in Peru with girlfriend Sam Cooke
Couple posed for cute selfies after climbing to the top of Machu Picchu
The mountain, in the Cusco Region, stands at 7,970 ft above sea level
England international Smalling is preparing for Manchester United return

Standing at 6ft 4in, Chris Smalling is no stranger to heights but even the Manchester United defender was out his comfort zone when he climbed the peak of Machu Picchu.

The England international is currently enjoying a brief holiday in Peru with model girlfriend Sam Cooke before he returns to pre-season duty with Manchester United.

The mountain, located in the Cusco Region of the country, stands at 7,970 ft above sea level and makes for a tremendous picture.

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Chris Smalling is currently enjoying a brief holiday in Peru with his model girlfriend Sam Cooke

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The couple climbed to the top of Machu Picchu and the Manchester United defender posed for a picture

Smalling (left), pictured scoring against Burnley, was on target for the Red Devils four times last season

Smalling posted cute selfies on his Instagram page as the couple made the most of their time together before their return to England.

The majority of Manchester United's first-team players will return for pre-season duty on Wednesday but Smalling is expected to return next week.

Smalling, 25, has been given extra time off by Louis van Gaal following his involvement with the England senior squad last month.

It's not the first time Smalling and his girlfriend have jetted off away after spending some time in Barbados earlier in the summer.

Smalling will soon head back to United once he arrives back from Peru, with the Red Devils embarking on a tour of the United States.

They face Club America on July 17 in Seattle, San Jose Earthquakes on July 21 near San Jose, Barcelona on July 25 in Santa Clara and Paris Saint-Germain on July 29 in Chicago.


06-07-2015, 02:12 PM
Chris Smalling: I'm the fastest player in the Manchester United squad

* Manchester United begin their pre-season preparations on Monday
* Louis van Gaal's side will travel to the USA for their pre-season tour
* United will face Club America, San Jose Earthquakes, Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain during their US trip
* The Red Devils welcome Tottenham to Old Trafford on the opening weekend of the Premier League

As Manchester United begin their pre-season preparations this week, Chris Smalling has revealed that he sits at the top of the speed charts at Old Trafford.

'Yeah, I'd back myself against the majority (of the squad) whether it be over five, 10 or 40 metres to be honest,' Smalling told manutd.com.

'That might surprise a few people but I think if you asked most of the guys, they wouldn't want to race me.'
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Manchester United defender Chris Smalling has revealed that he is fastest player in the current squad

Smalling name-checked team-mates James Wilson, Angel di Maria and Adnan Januzaj as the other speedsters in the current squad and is hoping the quartet can have a race in the coming weeks.

'When we do warm-ups, we do five or 10 metre sprints... it's never an actual race but hopefully come pre-season we can put that to bed and have a race. I'm game for that.'

Smalling and his United team-mates are due to return to training on Monday as Louis van Gaal's side plot a fresh assault on the Premier League.

United will travel to the USA for their pre-season tour taking in games against Club America in Seattle, San Jose Earthquakes in San Francisco, Barcelona in California and Paris Saint-Germain in Chicago.

'It's all about getting your fitness up,' said Smalling on the looming pre-season schedule.

'Of course we go on tour and that means experiencing different countries, different occasions and lots of hard work. Winning games in pre-season always helps going into the start of the season and that's our aim.
'We'll do some group things and fitness work, then we all break off into different categories where you can focus on your particular area of the team.'

The Red Devils welcome Tottenham to Old Trafford on the opening weekend of the Premier League on August 8 before they hit the road to face Aston Villa six days later.


22-07-2015, 01:24 PM
Smalling Tak Takut Bersaing dengan Ramos di MU

Bek Manchester United, Chris Smalling, mengatakan ia akan senang bersaing dengan Sergio Ramos, andai klub benar-benar bisa mendatangkan sang bek dari Real Madrid di musim panas ini.

Manajer Louis van Gaal mengatakan pada jurnalis di California bahwa sang pemain Spanyol kini tengah berada dalam proses untuk bergabung dengan kubu Old Trafford.

"Saya kira itu merupakan hal yang biasa terjadi di Manchester United, di mana biasa terjadi kompetisi yang amat ketat," tutur Smalling pada reporter.

"Bahkan ketika saya bergabung dengan klub, ada lima bek tengah yang harus berjuang keras untuk meraih satu tempat di tim inti, jadi saya tahu bahwa saya harus selalu bersaing dengan yang terbaik, karena United selalu menjadi tempat bagi para pemain terbaik," pungkasnya.


22-07-2015, 08:27 PM
Panggil Smalling Mike Van Gaal Minta Maaf

Kejadian unik terjadi ketika Louis van Gaal bertemu awak media usai laga melawan San Jose Earthquakes, Rabu (22/7). Van Gaal harus segera minta maaf setelah lidahnya terpeleset memanggil Chris Smalling dengan sebutan 'Mr. Mike'.

Saat itu, Van Gaal sedang berbicara soal kapten dalam timnya untuk menjalani tur pra musim yang berlangsung di Amerika.

"Kapten utama adalah Wayne Rooney, kedua Michael Carrick, dan tahun lalu kapten ketiga adalah Mr. Mike Smalling-- maaf, maksud saya Chris Smalling." tutur Van Gaal dalam jumpa pers tersebut.

Adapun laga melawan San Jose, MU memetik kemenangan 3-1. Masing-masing gol disumbangkan oleh Juan Mata, Memphis Depay, dan Andreas Pereira. Mata membuka keunggulan pada menit 32 lalu lima menit berselang Memphis Depay membuat skor menjadi 2-0.

Sebelum pertandingan di Avaya Stadium ini usai, San Jose sempat membuat angka menjadi 2-1 namun akhirnya Pereira membuat skor berubah 3-1 hingga pertandingan usai.


Andi Istiabudi
31-07-2015, 03:36 PM
Keown: Coret Jones, Van Gaal Harus Percaya Smalling

Bola.net - Defender Manchester United, Chris Smalling, harus lebih diutamakan ketimbang Phil Jones, menjelang laga perdana Premier League musim depan, menurut mantan bek Arsenal, Martin Keown.

Bos United sebelumnya mengkonfirmasi bahwa Matteo Darmian, Daley Blind, dan Luke Shaw, akan turun sebagai starter di skema empat bek sejajar di laga melawan Tottenham.

Hal tersebut sekaligus mengindikasikan bahwa sang manajer masih belum bisa memutuskan antara Jones dan Smalling.

"Saya kira Smalling mampu bangkit di akhir musim lalu. Ketika Van Gaal menggesernya dari kiri ke kanan di sektor tengah, hal tersebut membuatnya lebih tenang. Ia jauh lebih berkembang," tutur Keown pada Daily Mail.

"Hal yang sama terjadi pada saya sebagai pemain. Jadi jika semua tergantung saya, saya akan memainkan dirinya," pungkasnya. (tdm/rer)

31-07-2015, 06:21 PM
Duet Maut Smalling dan Jones Bisa Jadi Solusi Lini Belakang MU

Dua defender Manchester United, Chris Smalling dan Phil Jones dinilai sudah cukup menjadi tembok pertahanan The Red Devils musim depan. Pendapat tersebut disampaikan oleh jurnalis senior The Sun, Neil Custis.

Usai menjalani pra musim, Louis van Gaal pernah mengatakan akan menjadikan Daley Blind sebagai bek tengah untuk mengatasi masalah lini belakang. Neil Custis menyarankan, sebaiknya Van Gaal agar melupakan ide tersebut.

"Saya pikir Smalling dan Jones, jika diberikan waktu bersamaan, akan membuat duet bagus. Mereka hanya bermain bersama sebanyak delapan kali musim lalu tapi mereka sudah menjalin kerja sama yang baik." tutur Custis seperti dikutip dari Talk SPORT.

"Dia [Van Gaal] sepertinya akan memainkan Blind bersama salah satu dari mereka. Saya tidak setuju dengan itu karena jika dua pemain tadi terus bermain bersama bisa menjadi seperti Pallister dan Bruce."

"Orang-orang mungkin akan meragukan tapi menurut saya mereka cukup bagus jika diberi kesempatan." tegas Custis.


Andi Istiabudi
01-08-2015, 08:17 AM
Smalling Yakin MU Lebih Konsisten Musim Depan

Bola.net - Chris Smalling meyakini Manchester United bakal tampil lebih konsisten musim depan, terlebih dengan adanya tambahan amunisi-amunisi baru yang berkualitas.

Musim lalu, United tampil semakin solid seiring dengan berjalannya waktu. Performa apik itu pun sukses mengantarkan mereka merebut posisi empat klasemen.

Sejauh ini, United sukses mendatangkan lima pemain berkualitas. Mereka adalah Bastian Schweinsteiger, Morgan Schneiderlin, Memphis Depay, Matteo Darmian dan Sergio Romero. Smalling pun yakin para pemain baru itu bakal bisa membantu Setan Merah tampil lebih solid musim depan.

"Saya merasa para fans bisa berharap untuk melihat tim yang bakal tampil jauh lebih konsisten. Dan terlebih dengan para amunisi baru kami, saya rasa kita semua akan melihat sebuah ancaman gol besar di dalam musim yang sukses. Semua orang merasa percaya diri bisa meneruskan performa musim lalu," terang bek timnas Inggris ini pada situs resmi United. (mufc/dim)

01-08-2015, 08:52 AM
Semoga lebih konsisten, tanpa blunder :D

09-08-2015, 08:49 AM
Menang Tipis, Smalling Akui MU Main Jelek

Bola.net - Defender Manchester United Chris Smalling senang dengan kemenangan yang diraih timnya atas Tottenham Hotspur. Namun Smalling mengakui bahwa Setan Merah tidak bermain dengan baik.

Pasukan Louis Van Gaal mengawali musim kompetisi Premier League dengan mengalahkan Tottenham 1-0 di Old Trafford (08/08). Namun kemenangan United diraih melalui gol bunuh diri yang dibuat Kyle Walker.

"Kami tidak bermain dengan baik hari ini, namun kami berhasil menang dan mendapatkan tiga poin penting. Sangat penting kami bisa menjalani start yang bagus," kata Smalling kepada BT Sport.

Tambahan tiga poin ini tentu saja akan menambah kepercayaan diri Wayne Rooney dkk sebelum menantang tuan rumah Aston Villa pekan depan.

09-08-2015, 07:46 PM
Udah bolak balik sebenernya Smalling ngomong gini, coba deh cek artikel2 pasca pertandingan sebelumnya di musim lalu. Tp ya gt, penampilan Smalling lebih sering mengikuti pemain lainnya yg sedang melempem. Sekali bagus, besok biasa, jarang banget dia tampil bener2 bagus disaat tim sedang main kacau..

Andi Istiabudi
10-08-2015, 11:49 AM
Smalling sees promise in new-look United

Manchester United defender Chris Smalling praised the Reds' five debutants in a vital win over Tottenham Hotspur on the opening day of the 2015/16 Barclays Premier League campaign.


A first-half own goal by Spurs right-back Kyle Walker was the difference between the sides, and while Smalling acknowledges that the United team is still getting into its stride, the result was most important.

Smalling was a stand-out performer at the heart of the defence but reserved his praise for his new team-mates, particularly Sergio Romero and Matteo Darmian.

"Last year, I think we played better [against Swansea on the opening day] but lost the game," he told MUTV. "I think our shape won us the game against Spurs. It's a step in the right direction.

"I think Sergio looked the part, he came out and commanded his box which is what you want behind you as a defender because, when you've got a goalkeeper who comes out with that presence, it mops up a lot of the danger.

"I think the new signings all slotted in effortlessly and their performances were very good. Darmian at right-back was terrific as well. It was good that they all had the majority of pre-season, apart from Sergio, to gel with our players and I think it showed."

The England international partnered Daley Blind at centre-back in the absence of the injured Phil Jones, and was also impressed by the Dutchman's performance, but added that picking up three points was the priority.

"Daley's an all-round footballer," Smalling added. "He's good on the ball and his positioning is very good which is what you need as a centre-back. He slotted in there nicely.

"I think there were some nerves among the team – not many of the lads have had 90 minutes in pre-season. In the last 15 minutes, there were a few tired legs but we dug in and that really brought us together.

"Last year, we didn't start well in the first three games and it was an uphill battle but I think the celebrations at the end showed how important it was for the players, it was massive."

Source : http://www.manutd.com

11-08-2015, 02:03 PM
Smalling Diklaim Jadi Pahlawan Kemenangan MU Atas Spurs

Bola.net - Garth Crooks menyebut bahwa Manchester United berhasil meraih tiga poin lawan Tottenham Hotspur berkat performa gemilang Chris Smalling.

Setan Merah mengawali laga perdananya musim ini dengan menjamu Spurs di Old Trafford pada akhir pekan kemarin. Di laga yang berlangsung cukup imbang tersebut, United akhirnya muncul sebagai pemenang berkat gol bunuh diri bek tamu, Kyle Walker.

Namun menurut Garth, sosok yang sebenarnya berperan besar membuat United bisa meraih tiga poin di laga itu adalah Smalling. Bek timnas Inggris itu dianggapnya tampil ekselen di laga tersebut.

"Laga itu bukan start terhebat United di awal musim, namun mereka berhasil meraih tiga poin berkat performa yang efektif oleh Chris Smalling," puji Garth dalam kolomnya di BBC Sport.

"Angel Di Maria sekarang sudah tinggal di Paris dan David De Gea ditakdirkan gabung Real Madri

Andi Istiabudi
13-08-2015, 10:13 AM
Baru tahu kalau ternyata Smalling suka nasi goreng telur :D


Q&A: Smalling fields fans' questions

Fresh from a fine display against Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester United defender Chris Smalling took time away from a hectic training schedule to answer questions from Reds fans on both Facebook and WeChat. Topics included the importance of starting strongly, challenging for trophies and Louis van Gaal's favourite Manchester restaurant, Wings...

Firstly, Chris, congratulations on Saturday’s win. How important is it that you've started the season with three points?
Yes, it is, especially given what happened last season [against Swansea]. We all knew we had to walk off that pitch having taken three points and, even though it wasn’t our best performance, we dug in. Our togetherness ensured that we came through it.

We’ve used a number of formations under Louis van Gaal, and you’ve played with several centre-back partners. Do you feel you’ve adapted well?
Yeah, but I think everything takes time. There was obviously a big transformation last year for all the players, a whole year of change, but I think we’re quite set on the way that we’re going to play now. In our minds, it’s quite clear.

The new signings seem to have settled in quickly; how impressed have you been with them?
Definitely, they have [settled in]. I think it’s important that all of them, bar Sergio [Romero], have had more or less a whole pre-season with us. We got to know them for around two-and-a-half weeks and none of them looked out of place on Saturday [against Tottenham] at all.

With that in mind, do you think this squad can challenge for trophies this season?
That should always be the target. Last season was a disappointment and I think our start really stopped us from challenging for anything, but if we can get off to a good start this year then this club should always aim for at least one trophy per season.

You wore the captain’s armband for the first time last season. How was that experience, and what does the role involve?
It was pretty surreal! When the manager said earlier that week that he was going to give me that role, and in such a big game too against Arsenal, it was something I really looked forward to. I don’t think I really needed to change my game at all; on the pitch I’m quite vocal anyway, so it was just a case of continuing that. Obviously there’s the added pressure of wearing the armband, but that was something I really enjoyed and it was a day to savour.

How did it feel to score that header in the Manchester derby back in April?
It was a great feeling. I think that especially after what happened in the reverse fixture [getting sent off], to get the win here at Old Trafford meant there were a lot of emotions in my celebration that day.

What has been your best performance in a United shirt? That has to be up there, doesn’t it?
Yes, I think that game has to be up there! Also, when we played Chelsea a few years ago and won 3-1; I scored a header in that as well. It’s always nice to produce a good performance but to top it off with a goal is always a little bit special.

Have you set yourself any targets for this season? Could we be seeing you in and around the box more often, or are you focusing on clean sheets?
I think that, first and foremost, I have to concentrate on clean sheets and really making sure I cement my position and get a good run of games throughout the season. If I can improve on my four goals from last year, I’ll be a happy man.

We’ve all seen the news on ManUtd.com, but are you really the fastest player in the team?
Well, we’ve never really had a test as such, but I think I am definitely up there, whether it’s 10 metres or whatever. I think the longer the distance, the quicker I am, and I think our fitness coach Tony Strudwick would back me as well! Maybe one day we’ll have a test…

Who’s the most competitive on the training pitch? Ashley Young reckons it’s Wayne Rooney…
I would definitely agree, he’s very competitive. On a Saturday at Old Trafford, you can see that out on the pitch, and he’s the same in training. I’ll have to agree with Ash on that one.

What advice would you give an amateur player trying to improve their defensive skills in training?
Just keep on practising, especially on your weak points. It’s alright if you’re tall like me because it’s easier in the air, but it’s also important to work on your weaker foot, positioning and turning. Maybe at the end of each session, just pick out a factor of your game, do that every week, and even just for five minutes ping balls with either foot. If you do that, by the end of the season, you should see a big improvement. You don’t need to keep hammering it, maybe just hit 10 or 12 balls, relax and go again the next day.

Who’s been the toughest striker you’ve come up against?
Tough one! When I was at Fulham, probably Didier Drogba in his prime – he was a real handful! Obviously he was big and strong when I played against him last year, but he also had that pace at the time as well. I think Sergio Aguero is another, with his movement. Drogba is strong and can pin you, but Aguero really doesn’t like to get close to you, so as a centre-back you’re quite worried because you like to feel them and know where they are. He often plays on the shoulder, so it can be quite difficult.

What did you learn from Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic during their time at the club?
I think how they went about themselves on a daily basis; training was just like a game every time they did it. I also learnt to take that commanding position, in that you are the voice, eyes and ears for the midfield, so you really need to make sure you take advantage of that. I think they utilised the position very well and really helped the squad to keep pushing on. A lot of it was down to those two.

Going back to earlier in your career, how did you feel when you knew you were going to be signing for United?
Wow, it was a whirlwind of emotion! I think we were playing away at Blackburn and were just getting off the coach. My manager at the time, Roy Hodgson, pulled me to one side to say they’d accepted a bid and Sir Alex Ferguson was going to come to the hotel in 30 minutes. I didn’t know what to do! I called my mum, Sir Alex was there in no time and it escalated from there. It was great to know that possibly the biggest man in football wanted me to play for his team, a great feeling.

Was he a major draw for you? What was it about this club that first made you think “this is where I want to go”?
Yeah, definitely [Sir Alex a major draw]. I think he is ‘Mr. United’; the club is massive, easily the biggest in England and one of the biggest in the world. But to have him as a manager as well, it was a no-brainer.

When you were starting out, did you always think you’d reach the top level for club and country?
I think it was always a dream of mine. There are obviously no guarantees – when kids are growing up there are no certainties – but I think even when I was in secondary school the dream was there, but wasn’t always realistic. I kept training and playing alongside my studies and I was lucky enough for it to work out, but you always need to keep your options open because nothing is guaranteed.

I’m sure you’ll agree that during the pre-season tours, you can really see just how big this club is. How important is United’s global fan base to its success?
I think it’s massive, and it’s great that we get to go to places like Asia and America; it just goes to show how big this club is. I remember the reception was big on my first tour, but each year it just seems to get bigger and bigger! It’s good that we get to go and see those fans because you play all the games over there but don’t always get the chance to see them. It’s great that they can come down to training sessions as well as games.

And finally, with that in mind, our Chinese fans want to know if you’ve ever tried Chinese food and, if so, what's your favourite dish?
I am a fan of Wing’s [laughs]. I do like salt and pepper chicken wings, though – that’s a favourite, or chicken and black bean sauce with some egg fried rice.

Source : http://www.manutd.com

Andi Istiabudi
13-08-2015, 10:17 AM
Bagi yang bingung artikel diatas, berikut rangkuman versi Bahasa Indonesianya :)

Smalling Ungkap Target Pribadinya di Musim Ini
Okdwitya Karina Sari - detikSport


Manchester - Bek Manchester United, Chris Smalling, memiliki target pribadi untuk dipenuhi pada 2015-16. Smalling ingin mencetak clean sheet sebanyak mungkin serta menyemen tempatnya di skuat inti MU.

Pemain internasional Inggris itu kini memasuki musim ketujuhnya di MU setelah meninggalkan Fulham pada musim panas 2010. Selama bergabung 'Setan Merah' Smalling telah meraih dua titel juara Premier League.

Di posisi bek tengah Smalling menemui banyak pesaing. Mereka adalah Phil Jones, Jonny Evans, Marcos Rojo, dan dua pemain muda MU Paddy McNair serta Tyler Blackett.

Walau bukan tugasnya melahirkan gol, Smalling menjalani musim paling produktif dalam kariernya dengan mencetak empat gol pada 2014-15 seiring sukses MU finis di posisi empat klasemen akhir. Smalling akan mencoba melebihinya pada musim ini.

"Kupikir, pertama dan yang utama adalah aku harus fokus pada clean sheet dan benar-benar memastikan bahwa aku sudah mengamankan satu tempat di tim. Aku juga ingin terus-terusan bermain di sepanjang musim," ungkap Smalling kepada situs resmi MU.

"Kalau aku bisa menambah jumlah golku dari musim lalu, maka aku akan senang sekali."

Sejak dilatih Louis van Gaal, MU memainkan beberapa formasi dan Smalling berduet dengan beberapa pemain di jantung pertahanan klub. "Jelas ada transformasi besar pada musim lalu untuk para pemain, setahun penuh dengan perubahan," sambung dia.

"Tapi kupikir kami cukup paham apa dengan bagaimana cara kami bermain. Di dalam pikiran kami, hal itu sudah cukup jelas," simpul Smalling.

13-08-2015, 11:18 PM
Smalling: Aguero dan Drogba Lawan Terberat Saya

Bola.net - Chris Smalling belum lama ini mengatakan bahwa ada dua pemain terberat yang pernah ia hadapi selama karirnya di Premier League.

Dalam sesi tanya jawab dengan para fans MU di Facebook dan WeChat, bek tengah Inggris tersebut mendapat pertanyaan mengenai lawan paling sulit yang pernah ia hadapi.

Smalling dengan cepat menjawab pertanyaan tersebut.

"Ketika saya masih di Fulham, mungkin Drogba, ketika ia berada dalam puncak karirnya - ia benar-benar sulit! Ia amat kuat dan besar ketika saya bermain melawannya tahun lalu, namun ia juga mempunyai kecepatan," jelas pemain berusia 25 tahun.

"Saya kira Aguero merupakan pemain yang juga tidak kalah sulit. Aguero tidak suka beradu fisik dengan bek, jadi sebagai seorang defender anda harus khawatir karena Anda harus tahu di mana mereka. Ia kerap menunjukan kecepatannya."

Andi Istiabudi
20-08-2015, 07:38 AM

Smalling wants to maintain winning start

Chris Smalling is happy with Manchester United’s winning start to the season and wants the 100 per cent record to continue when Newcastle United visit this weekend.

The defender again impressed in Tuesday’s 3-1 Champions League play-off, first-leg victory over Club Brugge, finishing second in the Man-of-the-Match voting behind the inevitable winner, two-goal Memphis Depay.

After three wins from three to open 2015/16, the Reds’ next assignment is against the Magpies at Old Trafford, where Louis van Gaal’s men will kick off the round of Barclays Premier League fixtures for the third consecutive week.

“We must continue our good start,” Smalling declared on MUTV. “It is another home game and we have to assert ourselves early on.

“It is good that we again get to be in the first game that plays and, hopefully, set the benchmark for the weekend.”

Smalling partnered Daley Blind at centre-back in a defence that largely contained Brugge, whose fortunate goal came via two deflections.

The central defenders and full-backs Matteo Darmian and Luke Shaw have played every minute of all three games so far and Smalling believes it is paying dividends.

The 25-year-old said: “Last season, there were that many changes, it was hard to get a good run – even though I still don’t think we conceded that many goals in the second half of the season.

“But that togetherness and that work ethic is showing on the pitch now because we are not letting that many chances in.”

On Darmian, who continues to shine, Smalling added: “He is terrific; in any one-v-one situation he backs himself and he gets forward as well with some useful crosses.”

Source : http://www.manutd.com

23-08-2015, 02:42 PM
Penampilan Smalling semakin baik dan dipercaya di musim ini, semoga blunder²nya tidak kelihatan pas pertandingan lainnya :D

Andi Istiabudi
26-08-2015, 11:21 AM
Semoga keduanya bisa menjadi pilar pertahanan United yang kokoh seperti Rio-Vidic :)

Smalling Nikmati Duetnya dengan Blind
Meylan Fredy Ismawan - detikSport


Manchester - Duet Chris Smalling-Daley Blind menjadi andalan manajer Louis van Gaal untuk menjaga jantung pertahanan Manchester United pada musim ini. Smalling mengaku menikmati duetnya dengan Blind.

Smalling-Blind selalu tampil sebagai starter dalam empat pertandingan resmi yang sudah dijalani MU pada musim ini. Mereka berdua menunjukkan kinerja yang baik sejauh ini. Hal itu terlihat dari belum bobolnya gawang The Red Devils dalam tiga laga Premier League.

Bagi Smalling, berpartner dengan Blind di lini belakang adalah sesuatu yang baru. Pasalnya, Blind sebelumnya lebih sering beroperasi sebagai gelandang bertahan atau bek kiri.

Smalling yang berpostur tinggi besar (192 cm) dan Blind yang lebih pendek (180 cm) kini makin kompak di lini belakang dalam mematahkan serangan lawan dan melindungi gawang MU.

"Tentu saja Daley bukanlah tipe bek tengah yang akan mendominasi. Jadi, saya akan mengambil tugas itu dan saya menikmatinya," aku Smalling yang dikutip Sky Sports.

"Saya nyaman bermain di samping Daley. Kadang-kadang jika ada lawan yang berpostur besar kami akan bertukar posisi," tambahnya.

"Namun, dia juga bisa mengatasinya sendiri. Jadi, saya menikmati bermain bersamanya," kata bek berusia 25 tahun itu.

26-08-2015, 12:26 PM
Smalling Nikmati Duetnya dengan Blind
Meylan Fredy Ismawan - detikSport

saya posting juga artikel di trit 'the next twin tower'. sapa tau Smalling-Blind bisa jadi duet bek tengah selanjutnya, ditambah isu Evans yg akan dijual sehingga kans mereka duet lebih besar

17-09-2015, 10:41 AM
Smalling Tak Yakin MU Raih Gelar Jika Sulit Cetak Gol

Bola.net - Chris Smalling (http://www.bola.net/profile/chris_smalling) menilai Manchester United (http://www.bola.net/club/manchester-united.html) masih kesulitan dan mencetak gol. Padahal untuk meraih satu gelar juara dalam kompetisi apapun, MU wajib banyak cetak gol.

MU baru saja mendapatkan hasil mengecewakan di laga perdana babak penyisihan grup Liga Champions melawan PSV Eindhoven, Rabu (16/9). MU punya kesempatan menjaga kemenangan saat unggul 0-1, namun penyelesaian yang buruk membuat tuan rumah come back dan memaksa MU pulang tanpa poin dengan kekalahan 2-1.

"Kami mencetak gol indah namun kemudian kami tak bisa menambah lagi. Kami harus banyak belajar dan bangkit pada hari Minggu besok," tutur Smalling.

"Anda tidak bisa memastikan juara, apakah itu dalam liga, cup, atau Liga Champions. Jika Anda tak bisa mengambil kesempatan tim lain akan mengambilnya, seperti malam ini, kami benar-benar menerima akibatnya," kata Smalling.

Akhir pekan ini, MU akan menghadapi Southampton dalam kompetisi Premier League yang memasuki pekan keenam.

Andi Istiabudi
20-09-2015, 05:01 PM
Smalling Mengaku Berkembang di Bawah Asuhan Van Gaal

Bek Manchester United, Chris Smalling, mengaku metode pelatihan yang diberikan oleh Manajer Manchester United, Louis van Gaal, membuatnya merasa berkembang jauh lebih baik. Pengakuan Smalling ini bertolak belakang dengan kabar bahwa beberapa pemain senior merasa keberatan dengan metode latihan yang diberikan manajer asal Belanda itu.


Bek tengah Manchester United itu telah menjadi salah satu bintang di Old Trafford musim ini, memimpin lini pertahanan The Red Devils dengan sangat baik di awal musim ini. Smalling pun mengungkapkan keuntungan yang didapatnya dari metode latihan yang diterapkan oleh Van Gaal.

"Ya, saya pikir ia (Van Gaal) telah membuat saya berkembang, semua pelatih yang pernah bekerja sama dengan saya, terutama Louis van Gaal telah membantu saya. Kami bekerja keras dan tak kenal lelah di sesi latihan dengan taktik kami. Kami sering melakukan 11 lawan 11, jadi kami tahu posisi kami dan peran kami," ujar Smalling seperti dilansir Sky Sports.

"Pengulangan itu benar-benar memberikan perkembangan dalam permainan saya dan juga kepada pemain lain. Manajer sudah mengatakan pada awal musim bahwa sekali Ada bersamanya dalam enam bulan dan terbiasa mengulangi permainan dan taktik, dan Anda tahu peran Anda bahwa kami akan lebih baik."

Jelas ada begitu banyak keluar masuk dalam tim, dan sebagai sebuah grup, kami tetap sangat dekat. Siapa pun yang masuk ke lapangan tahu tugas mereka. Kami telah berlatih rutin dengan filosofi manajer, jadi setiap pemain tahu apa yang ia inginkan dan apa yang ia harapkan di lapangan," lanjutnya.

Baca juga: Pemain Man. United Memberontak, Metode Van Gaal Diprotes

Pengakuan Smalling ini tentu menjadi sesuatu yang bertolak belakang dengan apa yang terjadi beberapa saat lalu, di mana sejumlah pemain veteran, dipimpin Wayne Rooney dan Michael Carrick sebagai kapten dan wakilnya, mengeluhkan metode pelatihan yang diterapkan Van Gaal di sesi latihan United.

Source : http://www.sportsatu.com

Andi Istiabudi
25-09-2015, 08:33 PM
Smalling Beri Nilai Dirinya 7
Okdwitya Karina Sari - detikSport


Manchester - Chris Smalling jadi salah satu penampil paling konsisten di skuat Manchester United musim ini. Meski begitu, Smalling cuma memberi dirinya nilai tujuh dari 10.

Bek internasional Inggris itu tidak tergantikan di posisi bek tengah. Terkesan dengan penampilannya, manajer MU Louis van Gaal sampai-sampai mempercayakan Smalling sebagai kapten tim ketiga di belakang Wayne Rooney dan Michael Carrick.

Dengan komando Smalling, MU baru kebobolan lima gol dalam enam pertandingan di Premier League, paling sedikit ketiga setelah Manchester City (2 gol) dan Tottenham Hotspur (4).

"Yeah, aku gembira bisa bermain di setiap pertandingan sejauh ini dan ini adalah targetku sejak awal, terutama setelah kekecewaan pada musim lalu dan masalah cedera yang kualami," kata Smalling kepada United Review.

"Menyenangkan memiliki laju konsisten dan aku menikmati permainanku. Untuk penampilanku, aku memberi diriku sendiri nilai tujuh dari 10. Jelas, aku akan memberikan kontribusi yang lebih baik lagi nantinya."

"Aku hanya berharap terus memiliki laju yang bagus, terus meningkat setiap harinya, dan berkontribusi kepada tim," sambung Smalling.

"Ini cukup mengagumkan tapi menyenangkan bahwa manajer memperlihatkan kepercayaannya kepadaku dan dua juga sangat mempercayaiku. Senangnya mendapat hadiah dan kuharap aku bisa membalasnya dengan penampilan apik di atas lapangan," cetus dia.

Akhir pekan ini, MU akan menjamu Sunderland di Old Trafford, Sabtu (26/9/2015).

Andi Istiabudi
26-09-2015, 12:54 AM
Siapa sangka Smalling kini menjadi salah satu soisok penting dalam lini pertahanan United musim ini padahal dulunya lebih banyak hanya sebagai pemain pelapis :)



Chris Smalling has arguably been Manchester United’s best and most consistent performer this season, although the flourishing centre-back is continually self-effacing and gives his performances a mere seven out of 10 rating when quizzed in Saturday's United Review.

But despite his modesty in the matchday programme, there is no doubting Smalling’s development and emergence as one of Louis van Gaal’s most trusted allies at Old Trafford, particularly after wearing the captain’s armband in the absence of Wayne Rooney and Michael Carrick.

With the Reds placed second in the Barclays Premier League ahead of Saturday's match with Sunderland, Smalling is confident of achieving both personal and collective success going forward.

Asked to assess his fine start to the season, the defender says: “Yeah I am happy that I have been able to play in every game so far and that is what my aim was at the beginning, especially after the disappointment of last season and the injuries that I had to start with.

“It has been nice to get a consistent run and I am enjoying my football at the minute. I would go with a seven out of 10 so far. There is definitely more to come. I am hoping that I can keep kicking on and improving each day, keep clocking up the games and contributing to the team.”

Smalling’s development has aligned with van Gaal’s reign at Old Trafford and the Dutchman’s approach to man-management has clearly benefited the England international. “He has helped me a lot,” Chris says. “He is very honest about what your good points are and what you can improve on.

“That is very refreshing to hear. When he first joined the club he said that after six to eight months of working, when we know what he wants, then we will improve as a team.

"We have obviously improved on the start of last season and, as a player, I definitely feel that I have improved as well. I think he is a manager that improves a lot of players.”

In his wide-ranging interview with United Review, Smalling discusses a variety of subjects that include Anthony Martial’s excellent form, Matteo Darmian’s Player of the Month award and the Reds’ potential title charge this season. He also explains what it means to wear the captain’s armband.

“It’s pretty surreal but it’s nice that the manager has shown faith in me, and he has so much trust in me. It’s nice to be rewarded and I hope to reward him back with good performances on the pitch.”


@TheUtdView: Smalling rates himself as a 7 and he's been fantastic. Imagine when he rates himself 10/10! 8/10 so far, for me.

@LukeDavies_89: 9/10 this season. Showing traits of Rio Ferdinand. Stepping up!

@GoldenVision90: He's confident on the ball, imposing and reliable. Smalling will be a top-class centre back for next decade. 9/10.

@NoPurposeYet: 9/10... Major improvements in his game, becoming a very solid defender, leader in young backline.

@BenGwyrdd: 10/10 for Mike Smalling!

@JadeStamate: Without doubt he has been class this season so far. I'd rate him 11/10 for effort. Keep up the good work.

@YashKandhari: SMALLDINI 11/10!


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27-09-2015, 10:36 AM
Smalling Incar Tiga Poin Pertama di Liga Champions

Bola.net - Pemain bertahan Manchester United, Chris Smalling mengungkapkan harapannya untuk meraih poin penuh pertama di Liga Champions saat melawan Wolfsburg.

Manchester United memang belum meraih poin di Liga Champions. Di laga pembuka grup B Liga Champions, anak asuh Louis van Gaal tersebut kalah 1-2 saat melawat ke markas PSV Eindhoven.

Dan jelang pertandingan melawan Wolfsburg, Smalling berharap bisa menebus kekalahan lawan PSV dengan kemenangan saat menjamu wakil Jerman itu.

"Saya pikir dengan bagaimana pertandingan lain berjalan, kalah 1-2 dari PSV, kami tahu bahwa laga kandang di Liga Champions sangat penting untuk melewati fase grup," ujarnya.

"Semoga kami bisa membuat suporter tetap bahagia dan mengambil poin penuh," tandasnya.

27-09-2015, 10:45 AM
Smalling: Van Gaal Telah Banyak Bantu Saya

Bola.net - Pemain bertahan Manchester United, Chris Smalling mengungkapkan bahwa kehadiran Louis van Gaal telah banyak membantunya meningkatkan permainannya.

Musim ini, Smalling selalu menjadi pilihan utama Van Gaal di posisi bek tengah. Dalam tujuh laga awal Premier League, pemain kelahiran tahun 1989 tersebut selalu mengisi starting eleven Manchester United.

Dan dikatakan Smalling, Van Gaal telah banyak membantu dalam perkembangannya. "Dia (Van Gaal) telah banyak membantu saya. Dia sangat jujur tentang keunggulan anda dan apa yang dapat anda perbaiki," ujarnya.

"Saat dia pertama datang, dia mengatakan bahwa setelah enam sampai delapan bulan kerja, saat kami tahu apa yang dia inginkan, maka kami akan meningkat sebagai sebuah tim," tambahnya.

"Kami telah jelas meningkat, sebagai pemain, saya pasti merasa bahwa saya juga semakin membaik. Saya pikir dia pelatih yang telah meningkatkan performa banyak pemain," tutupnya.

Andi Istiabudi
29-09-2015, 12:36 AM

Smalling praises Martial's impact at United ahead of Wolfsburg test

Anthony Martial has injected great pace and power into Manchester United’s attack and Chris Smalling believes the Frenchman is exactly the type of player needed at Old Trafford.

Since his deadline-day arrival, Martial has impressively registered four goals in five appearances for the Reds after netting a sensational debut strike against Liverpool, scoring a clinical brace at Southampton and converting again during the Capital One Cup victory over Ipswich Town.

The 19-year-old France international and former Monaco forward most recently registered an assist for Wayne Rooney during Saturday’s 3-0 win over Sunderland, when his overall performance and ability on the ball was widely praised by United supporters both at the ground and on social media.

Smalling has trained with Martial for around a month, getting to know exactly how he plays and how to defend against him, which makes the flourishing centre-back a perfect judge of his quality. During an exclusive interview with United Review, the defender discusses the club’s exciting no.9.

“If you could ask for a moment to announce yourself on the world stage, it would be in a massive game like Liverpool at home,” Smalling explains. “It was a great moment and a lot of people took notice of how well he dribbled at players, how direct he was and how he took his goal.

“That’s something we’ve needed this season. He continued his good form by scoring twice at Southampton and again against Ipswich, so he’s enjoyed a great start to his United career.

“In that snippet against Liverpool, you get a real idea of how he is. He is one who is very direct, he is willing to take on players and he is willing to take on that risk. I think, in the final third, it is an area where you can take that risk because you can’t take it at the back. He looks a very sharp player.”

United are now top of the Barclays Premier League with 16 points from seven matches played, which is already three more than the Reds earned in the first 10 fixtures of 2014/15. There is obviously a long way to go until the end of the campaign, but Smalling is confident of progress and feels Louis van Gaal’s men can win the title if they are still in the running by the New Year.

“We have improved,” says Chris. “Last season’s start was disastrous and it didn’t give us a foothold to be able to challenge for anything. We know that we have improved in this section of the season, and we now have to improve in each other section compared to last season and aim a lot higher.

“Our aim is to be competitive in all of the competitions and to make sure that we finish higher in the Premier League than we did last season. If we keep this consistent run from the start, and can maintain that all the way through, then I don’t think anything is out of reach.

“If you show that consistency then you will always be there or thereabouts. If you’re near the top by Christmas, you then want a strong finish and a bit of luck on your side as well.”

Three nominees for United’s Player of the Month award for September will be announced after Wednesday’s Champions League match against Wolfsburg and Smalling hopes to be involved again, having finished second in the poll for the August prize – which went to Matteo Darmian.

“Yeah, I thought that was nice,” he admits. “Obviously, you want to please the coaching staff here and you want to please the fans. They are the two that I mainly concentrate on. If you listen to too many things then you can be up and down like a rollercoaster! The manager is the one who can improve you and, with the fans, if you keep them happy then you know that you are doing okay.

“Matteo was a worthy winner. He has come into the club and he hasn’t needed any time to settle in. He has literally hit the ground running and that is full credit to him, to be able to adjust to a different league and a different culture. He has improved the team in such a short space of time, so I think that makes him a very worthy winner. There’s a long way to go, but he’s made a good start.”

Source : http://www.manutd.com

01-10-2015, 10:53 AM
Smalling: MU Memang Layak Menang

Bola.net - Defender Manchester United (http://www.bola.net/club/manchester-united.html), Chris Smalling (http://www.bola.net/profile/chris_smalling), mengatakan bahwa timnya menghadapi Wolfsburg dengan baik, usai mereka sempat tertinggal terlebih dahulu setelah pertandingan di Liga Champions berjalan empat menit.

Namun demikian, penalti Juan Mata dan gol babak kedua dari Smalling membuat tuan rumah mencatat kemenangan 2-1 di Old Trafford.

"Kami memulai pertandingan dengan kemasukan gol. Namun kami membuat banyak peluang dan memang pantas menang. Kami tidak memberikan mereka banyak peluang. Kami membuat banyak kans mencetak gol dan kami memang layak meraih kemenangan," jelas Smalling pada BT Sport.

"Kami tahu mereka akan bermain dengan dua winger, dan itu memberikan kami banyak ruang. Anthony Martial memanfaatkannya dengan baik."

Hasil ini membuat Manchester United duduk di peringkat dua klasemen sementara Grup B, dengan tiga angka dari dua laga perdana.

01-10-2015, 11:00 AM
Van Gaal: Smalling Bermain Luar Biasa

Bola.net - Louis van Gaal (http://www.bola.net/profile/aloysius_paulus_maria_van_gaal) mengaku senang dengan performa Chris Smalling (http://www.bola.net/profile/chris_smalling), yang sanggup mencetak gol kemenangan Manchester United (http://www.bola.net/club/manchester-united.html) atas Wolfsburg.

Aksi sang bek memanfaatkan umpan Juan Mata di Old Trafford, membuat Setan Merah mencatat kemenangan 2-1, sekaligus meraup tiga angka perdana mereka di Liga Champions musim ini.

Sang manajer pun tak ragu memberikan pujian setinggi langit pada anak buahnya tersebut.

"Smalling menjalani pertandingan yang amat bagus, terutama ketika bertahan," jelas Van Gaal pada reporter.

"Dan cara ia mencetak gol kedua amat luar biasa, terutama untuk seorang defender, dan terutama untuknya, karena ia tidak terlalu sering melakukan hal tersebut," pungkasnya.

Gol United lainnya di laga tadi tercipta berkat penalti Juan Mata.

Andi Istiabudi
01-10-2015, 01:35 PM
Makin lama makin keren nih permainan Smalling :)

Gol sebagai Penyempurna Nilai Smalling
Rossi Finza Noor - detikSport


Manchester - Usai menang 2-1 atas VfL Wolfsburg, akun Twitter Manchester United memberikan predikat man of the match kepada Juan Mata. Mata memang tampil apik, tetapi demikian juga Chris Smalling.

Mudah saja untuk memberikan predikat tersebut kepada Mata. Tolok ukurnya juga jelas: gelandang asal Spanyol itu mencetak 1 gol dan menyumbang 1 assist. Sepanjang pertandingan, ia juga mengkreasikan 5 peluang dan melepaskan 42 operan --dengan 41 di antaranya sukses.

Tapi, Smalling juga dinilai pantas untuk menjadi man of the match. Bek tengah berusia 25 tahun itu tidak hanya mencetak gol kemenangan United, tetapi juga tampil kokoh di lini belakang.

Squawka mencatat, Smalling 8 kali melakukan clearance (menyapu bola), memenangi 3 duel udara, melakukan 3 intersep, dan dua kali melakukan tekel. Duetnya bersama Daley Blind sebagai bek tengah juga dinilai kian padu.

Smalling mengalami peningkatan performa dalam dua musim terakhir. Peningkatan tersebut juga mendapatkan pengakuan dari manajer United, Louis van Gaal, yang kini memercayainya sebagai kapten ketiga --setelah Wayne Rooney dan Michael Carrick.

Dalam pengakuan Van Gaal, Smalling berkembang menjadi sosok yang vokal di ruang ganti. Inilah yang membuatnya memutuskan untuk memberikan jabatan kapten ketiga kepada eks bek Fulham tersebut.

Smalling tidak hanya aktif melakukan defensive action, tetapi juga memberikan komando di lini belakang. Pada beberapa kesempatan, ia juga tidak segan-segan menggiring bola dari lini belakang untuk memulai serangan. Van Gaal sendiri menggemari bek-bek tengah yang nyaman melakukan dribel sehingga bisa memulai serangan sendiri.

Dua pekan silam, ketika United menghadapi PSV Eindhoven, Smalling sempat membuat satu peluang, di mana ia menggiring bola sendirian dari belakang hingga ke kotak penalti PSV. Sial baginya, sepakannya masih bisa diblok kiper PSV, Jeroen Zoet.

Belakangan, Smalling sempat memberikan nilai 7 dari 10 untuk performanya sepanjang musim ini berjalan. Namun, gol ke gawang Wolfsburg bisa jadi meningkatkan nilainya di mata Van Gaal --dan menyempurnakan performanya sejauh ini.

Gol tersebut tercipta setelah Smalling menerima umpan Mata, yang melambungkan bola ke dalam kotak penalti dengan tumitnya. Secara khusus, Smalling pun memuji assist yang dibuat oleh Mata.

"Sangat menyenangkan dan, dengan adanya Juan, Anda tidak akan pernah tahu trik seperti apa yang akan ia lakukan; dia melakukannya tiap hari di latihan," ujar Smalling kepada MUTV.

Kendati demikian, Smalling tidak terlalu puas dengan kemenangan tersebut. Melihat permainan timnya pada 10 menit terakhir laga, di mana mereka ditekan habis-habisan oleh Wolfsburg, Smalling merasa masih ada yang perlu diperbaiki.

"Saya pikir, kami menyusahkan diri sendiri. Mungkin, kami bisa belajar lebih baik lagi untuk mengontrol laga dalam 10 menit terakhir."

"Jika (garis pertahanan) kami mundur 10 yard lebih dalam, kami rawan ditekan lawan. Tapi, kami berhasil mempertahankan keunggulan dan layak mendapatkan tiga poin," kata Smalling.

01-10-2015, 01:45 PM
permainan smalling semakin membaik setelah di percaya oleh LVG, semoga saja menjadi The Next 'Vidic' ^:)^

01-10-2015, 04:39 PM
Van Gaal Terpukau Dengan Perkembangan Smalling

Bola.net - Performa apik yang ditampilkan oleh pemain bertahan Manchester United, Chris Smalling, mendapatkan pujian dari sang manajer Louis van Gaal. Manajer berusia 63 tahun itu bahkan terpukau dengan perkembangan yang ditunjukkan oleh sang pemain.

Dilansir laman resmi klub, Van Gaal berkata, "Tentu, dia sudah melakukannya saat melawan PSV Eindhoven, saat dia bisa mencetak gol dan sekarang dia mencetak gol. Saya sangat bahagia karena itu memberinya semangat untuk lebih baik,"

"Perkembangannya sebagai seorang pemain luar biasa, jadi saya suka dengannya." ujar mantan pelatih tim nasional Belanda.

Pemain 25 tahun itu memang tampil semakin baik bersama skuat utama The Red Devils. Dirinya bahkan mampu menjadi penentu kemenangan United lewat golnya saat bersua Wolfsburg, Kamis (01/9) dini hari tadi.

Smalling diharapkan bisa menjaga konsistensi permainan. Mengingat di pertandingan selanjutnya, pasukan Van Gaal akan berjumpa Arsenal di pekan ke delapan Premier League.

01-10-2015, 04:51 PM
Mantab Smalling. :thumbup:
Berikutnya arsenal nih, harus bisa clean sheet yak. Amin. :)

02-10-2015, 01:11 AM
Mike Smalling :)) :))
Yup, Smalling salah 1 pemain yang bertransformasi dengan cepat di musim ini, bisa dibilang bek United terbaik saat ini ya dia :P
Sudah 10 gol Smalling sumbang utk United, lebih banyak 2 gol dari Ferdinand, tp masih kalah jauh ke Vidic, Stam dan Irwin :ngacir:

02-10-2015, 08:59 AM
Mike Smalling :)) :))
Yup, Smalling salah 1 pemain yang bertransformasi dengan cepat di musim ini, bisa dibilang bek United terbaik saat ini ya dia :P
Sudah 10 gol Smalling sumbang utk United, lebih banyak 2 gol dari Ferdinand, tp masih kalah jauh ke Vidic, Stam dan Irwin :ngacir:

Semoga konsisten dengan penampilan terbaiknya ya Om Penk.
Dan bisa ngelewatin jumlah golnya Vida, Stam, dan Irwin.

Silahkan :cek: yo.

Andi Istiabudi
02-10-2015, 10:39 AM


Louis van Gaal insists Wednesday’s Champions League match-winner Chris Smalling deserves all of the credit for his immense form and development at Manchester United.

Smalling has excelled this season and has arguably been the Reds’ best player in all competitions, having producing a series of outstanding defensive performances alongside Daley Blind.

In truth, barring the odd injury or suspension, the England international has impressed since van Gaal took over the managerial reins at Old Trafford in the summer of 2014 and when asked what he has done to improve Smalling, the manager was quick to play down his own contribution.

“I think the player, when he does things, he does it all by himself,” van Gaal told reporters on Friday, ahead of United’s Barclays Premier League match with Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday.

“I help him with advice and also with demands, also with training sessions, also with showing images to improve him, but he has to be open and he has to perform on the pitch. He does everything for himself. The greatest compliment you have to make is to Chris and not to me.”

Smalling was signed by Sir Alex Ferguson in 2010 when Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic were automatic choices for the centre-back positions, which allowed him to develop under their tutelage.

Chris is now a regular starter and appears to have benefited from that education. “Obviously he got the chances because of that but it is always like that,” says van Gaal. “As a player you need vacancies in positions and when it is your position you have more luck. That’s always true in football clubs.”

Clearly in a good mood, van Gaal also praised Ashley Young in his pre-match press conference at the Aon Training Complex when asked about the versatile midfielder and occasional full-back. “Ashley Young is very important,” van Gaal said. “He is a team player.

“At the first place he is a team player. Not many players are actually team players but he is always thinking about the team. He can play in a lot of positions and for a trainer-coach or a manager it is fantastic that he is willing to do that.

“Yesterday he came in as a right full-back, he hasn't played there much I believe. The second goal started with him. It was very important that he played there in the second half and I am very happy with him. He accepts his role and that’s also important.”

Source : http://www.manutd.com

03-10-2015, 12:23 PM
Smalling: MU Mampu Kontrol Wolfsburg

Bola.net - Chris Smalling mengklaim bahwa Manchester United mengontrol penuh jalannya laga kontra Wolfsburg di matchday 2 Liga Champions, Kamis (01/10) kemarin.

Pada pertandingan tersebut, United sempat tertinggal lebih dulu melalui gol Daniel Caligiuri. Akan tetapi pasukan Louis Van Gaal itu kemudian bisa menyamakan kedudukan melalui penalti Juan Mata.

Setan Merah memastikan mereka menang dengan skor 2-1 setelah Smalling berhasil mencetak gol memanfaatkan umpan magis dari Mata.

Smalling sendiri mengakui bahwa pertandingan itu tak mudah bagi timnya. Namun ia mengklaim bahwa United masih mampu mengontrol jalannya pertandingan tersebut.

"Secara keseluruhan kami mengontrol pertandingan tersebut. Kami memang mendapatkan tugas yang sulit, namun kami mendapatkan apa yang layak kami dapatkan," serunya pada MUTV.

03-10-2015, 12:33 PM
Jones Tak Ketinggalan Beri Pujian Untuk Smalling

Bola.net - Pemain bertahan Manchester United, Phil Jones tak ketinggalan memberikan pujian atas performa gemilang Chris Smalling awal musim ini.

Smalling menjadi pilihan utama pelatih Louis van Gaal di jantung pertahanan musim ini. Dan ia membuktikan dengan membawa The Red Devils di puncak klasemen sementara Premier League.

Dan terbaru, Smalling juga tampil hebat lewat gol penentu kemenangan yang ia cetak saat melawan Wolfsburg di laga kedua penyisihan grup Liga Champions.

"Dia telah brilian musim ini. Dia mencetak gol yang hebat melawan Wolfsburg, dengan sedikit lari ke depan dan penyelesaian akhir yang bagus. Tapi dia telah hebat dan saya sangat senang untuknya," ujarnya.

Akhir pekan ini, Manchester United akan menghadapi salah satu rival terbesar mereka, Arsenal di Emirates Stadium.

05-10-2015, 01:07 PM
Smalling: Bulan Krusial untuk United

Bola.net - Chris Smalling mengatakan Oktober akan jadi ujian yang berat bagi Manchester United, yang tengah mengincar gelar juara pertama sejak ditinggalkan Sir Alex Ferguson.

Usai melawan The Gunners pekan ini, klub akan ditantang Everton dan Manchester City - setelah sebelumnya bermain di Moscow di Liga Champions.

"Bulan ini akan amat krusial untuk musim kami," jelas Smalling pada Express.

"Kami menghadapi beberapa laga tandang yang amat sulit. Namun jika kami bisa terus konsisten seperti di awal, maka tidak ada yang tidak bisa kami raih," pungkasnya.

United tengah duduk di puncak klasemen sementara Premier League usai mereka mengumpulkan 16 angka dari tujuh pertandingan.

05-10-2015, 01:08 PM
Smalling Ingin Bayar Utang pada Van Gaal

Bola.net - Chris Smalling mengaku ingin membayar lunas kepercayaan yang sudah diberikan oleh manajer Manchester United, Louis van Gaal, pada dirinya.

Bek Inggris itu sempat dijadikan kapten oleh sang bos, kala Michael Carrick dan Wayne Rooney belum lama ini. Selain itu, ia juga mendapatkan kontrak baru dari klub di akhir musim lalu.

"Menjadi kapten sedikit tak bisa dipercaya, namun saya senang manajer percaya pada saya," tutur Smalling pada Express.

"Saya senang mendapatkan penghargaan dan saya berharap bisa membayarnya dengan penampilan bagus di atas lapangan.

"Saya senang, bisa terus bermain di setiap pertandingan, dan itu target saya sejak awal, terutama usai start mengecewakan musim lalu, dan cedera yang saya alami."

05-10-2015, 01:10 PM
Disulap Jadi Kelas Dunia, Smalling Ucap Terima Kasih Van Gaal

Bola.net - Chris Smalling mengatakan bahwa perkembangan pesat yang ia alami sebagai bek tak terlepas dari metode latihan intensif yang diterapkan Louis van Gaal.

Smalling telah menegaskan reputasi Van Gaal dalam memoles pemain muda dengan menjadi salah satu bek tangguh di United, yang diperkirakan mampu berkembang menjadi sosok seperti Rio Ferdinand dan Nemanja Vidic - lima tahun usai datang ke Old Trafford.

"Ia banyak membantu saya. Ia amat jujur tentang kelebihan dan kekurangan Anda. Ketika ia datang, ia mengatakan bahwa usai enam atau delapan bulan, ketika kami tahu apa yang ia mau, kami akan bermain lebih baik," jelas Smalling pada Express.

"Kami telah mencatat start yang lebih baik timbang musim lalu. Dan saya juga merasa mengalami peningkatan. Kami terus bekerja keras, tak kenal lelah mengasah taktik. Repetisi di sesi latihan telah membuat saya lebih baik.

"Kami terus meresapi filosofi manajer, sehingga tiap pemain tahu apa yang ia inginkan dan harapkan di atas lapangan."

Andi Istiabudi
08-10-2015, 11:15 AM


Chris Smalling was asked to take his pick from the Manchester United dressing room in a series of questions. The commanding Reds defender was able to nominate any of his colleagues...

If you had to pick a player to sing on stage, who would it be?
There are two names that would put their own hands up to sing and that is Wazza and Jonah. They would really back themselves. I would have to go with Wayne though as I think he fancies himself as a bit of an all-rounder.

Hollywood wants a United player to star in a movie. Who do you pick?
I'm picturing the dressing room, going through the squad. Maybe Ander Herrera. He is quite a funny guy and he does quite good impressions as well so I think he could do the job.

Who would you pick to be a stand-up comedian?
Jesse Lingard is quite funny. I could see him doing that.

It's sudden death in a penalty shoot-out. Who takes the next one?
I would back Juan Mata. He is calm.

You need a business mind to negotiate your next contract. Who comes into the boardroom with you?
Probably Carras. He has got a bit more experience.

Who is best in an emergency?
Carras. He is very calm under pressure. The way he plays the game shows that.

One team-mate is going to change your entire wardrobe. Who do you pick?
I might go with Jesse Lingard. He is close to me in the changing room and he has good taste.

There is a big night out at the end of the season. Who organises it?
Ashley Young. He is often the music man as well so, if there is something to organise, it's him.

Source : http://www.manutd.com

Andi Istiabudi
23-10-2015, 10:58 AM
Musim ini permainannya memang lebih baik dari musim lalu :)


Report by Adam Marshall

As the season wears on, it is a question that is becoming more and more pertinent with every passing performance of power and authority by Manchester United's no.12. Is Chris Smalling the best central defender in the Barclays Premier League?

Certainly, on current form, a case has to be made for the England international. Shortlisted for both August and September's Player of the Month awards at the club, the 25-year-old has realised the potential that led to managerial greats Sir Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger competing for his signature back in 2010 after recognising his fledgling talents at Fulham.

Ever since some ridiculously jumped to question his future after he was sent off in the first half against Sunday's opponents Manchester City last November, his performances have been consistently excellent. Redemption for that red card has already been achieved with his goal in the 4-2 triumph over the Reds' neighbours back in April.

With City heading across town again this weekend, there is the perfect opportunity to further enhance his reputation in front of the watching millions as United strive to justify our title credentials. Not least because the Blues contain one of the other genuine contenders to the mantle as the league's best defender in classy captain Vincent Kompany.

Yet the 29-year-old Belgian has been limited to only five Premier League outings all season due to injury concerns. City fans may point to the fact the team did not concede a goal during these matches as proof of his enduring quality but he is not the rock of previous years and there is even some talk he will start on the bench at Old Trafford. If he does start, it will be intriguing to compare the two stoppers at Old Trafford as they attempt to handle the threat of Wayne Rooney, Anthony Martial, Raheem Sterling, Wilfried Bony and others.

Last season's PFA Team of the Year contained Chelsea duo John Terry and Gary Cahill at the heart of the back four. It is difficult to argue that Blues stalwart Terry was not the top central defender in the country in 2014/15 but he has been in and out of Jose Mourinho's side this term. Cahill, who looks set to be Smalling's partner for England in Euro 2016, also has his doubters as Chelsea have endured a difficult opening to the campaign.

Arsenal's Laurent Koscielny, who missed the recent game against the Reds at the Emirates Stadium, is another candidate. Swansea City captain Ashley Williams, Everton prospect John Stones and Southampton's Jose Fonte may be worthy of a mention. But Smalling, enjoying an injury-free run and growing in stature and confidence with each game, has been immense. He even led the Reds out against PSV Eindhoven further enhancing his status as one of the most-respected stars of the team.

The joke about Mike Smalling, a reference to a slip of the tongue by Louis van Gaal in mid-July, is surely wearing thin now. Little matter. Chris Smalling can expect to see his own name up in lights at the annual end-of-season PFA awards night if he continues to dominate opposing strikers. Without a hint of bias, he has been the best defender on show in the 2015/16 Premier League. If he can outshine Kompany and keep City's in-form attack in check on Sunday, it will only cement this view.

The opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author and should not be considered as representative of Manchester United Football Club.

Source : http://www.manutd.com

23-10-2015, 02:58 PM
Chris Smalling could be a future captain for Manchester United, says Louis van Gaal

* Louis van Gaal believes defender Chris Smalling can be captain one day
* Smalling has been impressive in Manchester United's defence this season
* United face Manchester City in the derby at Old Trafford on Sunday
* Smalling was sent off away at City in first derby of last season

Louis van Gaal believes the born-again Chris Smalling can be a future captain of Manchester United.

Smalling heads into this weekend’s Manchester derby a rejuvenated player. Sent off in a fixture against City this time last year, the central defender heads in to Sunday’s game at Old Trafford as arguably his team’s player of the season.

Having started the last 22 games in all competitions, Smalling is also becoming increasingly important to Roy Hodgson’s England and his club manager believes he is emerging as a real leader of men at United.

'Wayne Rooney is the captain and then Michael Carrick but when they are gone then Chris Smalling can do that,' said Van Gaal.

'So I push him also in that situation.'

Asked what he had done to transform Smalling over the last 12 months, Van Gaal hinted that his prime role has been to encourage the former Fulham player to be more confident and vocal.

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Louis van Gaal believes the born-again Chris Smalling can be a future captain of Manchester United

'Every player makes the steps by himself,' said the United boss, who called Smalling ‘stupid’ after last season’s derby aberration.

'I just put him in the situation and I help him in the situation and I advise and the player can either take it on board or not.

'It is his responsibility. He has done this by himself.

'It is about how we defend as a team but he is a part of that and I wanted him to speak.

'He also has the talent to speak. That makes him easy to coach. Because of that I made him a leader of the team.

'He has made steps and also in a tactical way. When you give instructions in terms of organisation, you need someone to understand that.

'He is a structured person. He accepted it more quicker.'

United head in to Sunday’s game in decent shape but know they will have to produce one of their best performances of the season to derail a City team that is top of the Barclays Premier League and has scored eleven goals in their last two domestic games.

Van Gaal at least has a squad to choose from that is largely free of injuries. This time last year he was struggling with a lengthy casualty list that he accepts now was partly due to a failure of some players to adapt to his training methods.

Interestingly he added that some of the players who found it hardest to cope – presumably players like Robin van Persie and Radamel Falcao – have now been moved on.

'The injuries were my fault,' said Van Gaal.

'I was training them harder but they were not used to training like that. Now they are used to that step.

'I also let go players because of that and I buy new players. I think they are more used to my training sessions.

'You can see that with the new players. You can see which players are always injured.

'In my career I never had injuries like that.

'I have always preferred small squads. I think I have the smallest selection in the Premier League.

'I believe in smaller squads because you need perspective otherwise the motivation is a doubt. Last season we had 24 players.

'I think 22 players and three goalkeepers is enough so I am still one short.'


Andi Istiabudi
26-10-2015, 03:48 PM


Chris Smalling feels Manchester United were the better side in the derby stalemate with Manchester City at Old Trafford on Sunday.

The England international played his part in a tense 0-0 draw, as both defences remained resolute throughout. The centre-back watched on as Juan Mata and Jesse Lingard threatened and almost broke the deadlock twice himself in the second half, heading narrowly wide from a corner before forcing Joe Hart into a save.

Smalling later admitted it was a game in which the two sides simply cancelled each other out: "I think it’s one where it could have been a little bit more [exciting]. Both teams were very compact and well organised, and there weren’t too many chances,” he told MUTV after the final whistle.

"I think we probably edged it overall with the chances we had in the second half. Towards the end, you could tell that, for the last 20-30 minutes, they were hanging on and bringing on defenders, so it was on us to really push forward and we did. On another day, the chances we had might have gone in."

Smalling spoke of his relief at shutting out City, as United recorded a first clean sheet against their local rivals since 2010. "I think if we came into today's fixture and, if someone told us we would get a clean sheet, we would have taken your hand off.

"They’re a very fast, attacking team and I think they were set up for the counter attack, especially with Raheem [Sterling] and [Kevin] De Bruyne who are very quick, so we had to be on our toes."

The draw leaves United fourth in the table and keeps the Reds within two points of leaders City. Smalling believes the club are still capable of maintaining pace with such key opponents. "We can always be up there or thereabouts and, when we come up against the teams who are around us – obviously Arsenal was a blip – and against the other teams, we have quite a good record.

"I think we can take a lot of confidence from this game. We more than held our own and we had the better of the chances, so I think we are still in the title race."

Source : http://www.manutd.com

27-10-2015, 10:59 AM
Smalling Akui Pengaruh Besar Louis Van Gaal

Bola.net - Chris Smalling mengakui bahwa Louis van Gaal banyak berperan dalam kariernya sebagai pemain. Menurutnya, pelatih yang baru menangani Manchester United menginjak dua musim ini adalah pelatih berpengalaman.

Di bawah asuhan Van Gaal, Smalling semakin menunjukkan kemampuannya menjadi tembok pertahanan MU. Hingga pekan kesepuluh Premier League musim ini, pemain 25 tahun tersebut selalu start sejak menit awal.

"Menurut saya dia [Van Gaal] adalah pelatih yang berpengalaman. Dia banyak memberikan sesuatu dan dia ingin Anda menunjukkan diri Anda," ucap Smalling seperti dilansir Telegraph.

"Ketika ia memberikan kepercayaan, saya hanya ingin membalasnya dan melakukan yang terbaik semampu saya. Tapi benar, ia memberikan banyak hal untuk saya," sambungnya.

Di klasemen Premier League sementara, MU berada di peringkat empat setelah mengimbangi Manchester City di Old Trafford. Selanjutnya, Crystal Palace akan menjadi lawan di pekan ke-11.

27-10-2015, 11:02 AM
Smalling Ingin Meneruskan Peran Vidic dan Ferdinand

Bola.net - Chris Smalling mendapat motivasi setelah mendapat pujian dari Wayne Ronney yang mengatakannya sebagai salah satu bek terbaik dunia. Menanggapi pujian itu, Smalling ingin membuktikan diri dan terus berkembang agar bisa menjadi pemain seperti Nemanja Vidic dan Rio Ferdinand.

"Ketika Anda mendengar pujian yang baik, terutama dari Wazza (Wayne Rooney) dan pelatih, Anda pasti ingin menunjukkan kepada mereka bahwa itu semua bukan hanya kata-kata tak berarti," ucap Smalling seperti dilansir The Telegraph.

"Dua pemain senior Vidic dan Rio adalah panutan untuk melangkah ke depan dan saya melihat ini adalah kesempatan saya untuk menuju ke sana," imbuh pemain 25 tahun tersebut.

Sejak awal musim ini, Smalling selalu menjadi pilihan Louis van Gaal sebagai tembok pertahanan MU. Ia merupakan satu-satunya pasukan The Red Devils yang selalu turun sejak menit awal pada setiap laga hingga pekan ke-10 Premier League.

Pemain berdarah asli Inggris ini datang ke Old Trafford sejak 2010 lalu dari Fulham setelah ditebus dengan harga 6 juta poundsterling. Ia memiliki kontrak hingga 2019 mendatang.

Andi Istiabudi
27-10-2015, 11:07 AM


Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney has heaped praise on Chris Smalling and claimed the in-form defender is among the “top three centre-halves in the world”.

That is a big statement from the skipper, but it is also one that reflects Smalling’s rapid development over the last 18 months and his unquestionably excellent form under Louis van Gaal.

While Smalling impressed many supporters and learned pundits throughout the second half of the 2014/15 season, the current campaign has truly emphasised his emergence as United’s primary defender and a player who has been tipped to succeed Rooney as captain in the years to come.

No player has made more appearances for United in 2015/16 than Smalling and Sunday’s 0-0 draw with Manchester City featured another commanding performance from our no.12, whose deceptive physicality and strength in the tackle was utilised to keep Blues striker Wilfried Bony at bay.

The matchday programme at Old Trafford included an exclusive interview with Rooney and, when asked whether he has been impressed by Smalling as both a player and a leader this season, the England captain was clear in his response. “Yeah, I have been,” Wayne told United Review. “He has been incredible and for me he is right up there in world football in terms of centre-halves.

“He is in the top three centre-halves in the world – I think he is that good! He is a great player and he is developing to become more of a leader of the back four. It is great to see for both United and England, and hopefully that can continue for him and he can help us to be successful.”

In a wide-ranging interview, Rooney also discussed the arrival of summer signing Anthony Martial and paid tribute to the way the Frenchman has settled in a new country with a young family, while managing to score five goals in 10 appearances for van Gaal’s Reds.

“I think he has been incredible, how he has come over to Manchester and started the way he has,” Rooney explained. “Let’s not forget he is still a very young lad as well. To come over with his young family and start the way he has, he deserves a lot of credit.

“You can see what a good player he is and he’ll be an important player for us from now until the end of the season. He is probably the quickest player in our team, if not the quickest in the league.”

At 19, Martial has joined United as one of the most exciting young prospects in European football and that is a title that has also been used to describe 21-year-old Memphis in recent months. Rooney signed for the Reds at 18 and quickly formed an alliance with a 19-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo, which Sir Alex Ferguson used to form an iconic team that later achieved success at home and abroad.

So can Martial and Memphis be compared with Rooney and Ronaldo? “It is hard to say, obviously, but they are certainly two very good players who have lots of talent and ability,” Wayne said. “If they keep learning and progressing like they are, then hopefully they will do what me and Ronaldo did back then. It would be great for the team if they can do that.

“The good thing is that they want to learn and that is good to see in young players. They haven’t come in and just done things the way they want to do them. They are doing things for the team and listening to what the manager is saying to them. I am sure under this manager they will learn a lot and that will help them become top, top players in the world.”


27-10-2015, 12:20 PM
Rooney: Smalling Adalah Salah Satu Bek Terbaik Dunia

Bola.net - Wayne Rooney memberikan pujian kepada salah satu rekannya di Manchester United; Chris Smalling. Rooney menilai Smalling sudah berkembang menjadi salah satu bek terbaik dunia.

Penampilan Smalling dalam beberapa pertandingan terakhir Manchester United memang cukup bagus. Rooney pun tak ragu menyebut Smalling masuk sebagai salah satu dari tiga bek terbaik dunia.

"Saya terkesan dengan penampilan Smalling. Dia sudah tampil gemilang musim ini dan saya rasa dia masuk jajaran bek papan atas dunia. Dia adalah salah satu dari tiga bek terbaik dunia. Doa memang sebagus itu," terang Rooney kepada situs resmi Manchester United.

Rooney mengatakan bahwa peran Smalling di tim United semakin besar. Di lini belakang, Smalling sudah menjadi pemimpin bagi barisan pertahanan The Red Devils.

"Smalling adalah pemain hebat dan dia sudah berkembang menjadi pemimpin di lini belakang kami. Itu bagus untuk United dan Inggris. Semoga tren ini terus berlanjut dan dia akan membantu kami untuk meraih sukses."

27-10-2015, 01:33 PM
Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney insists team-mate Chris Smalling is 'one of the top three centre-halves in the world'

* Wayne Rooney says Chris Smalling is among best defenders in the world
* Smalling started out in non-League football but has become a regular for Manchester United and England
* United have the joint-best defensive record in the Premier League

Chris Smalling is in the top three central defenders in the world - according to his Manchester United and England captain Wayne Rooney.

The 25-year-old has shown a marked improvement since Louis van Gaal took over at Old Trafford in the summer of 2014 and has been touted as a future United captain by his manager.

Smalling is arguably the key man in a defence which has the joint-best record in the Premier League this season and he has established himself as an England regular too.

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It represents a remarkable turnaround for a man who was ridiculed in the years following his £10million move from Fulham in 2010, but Rooney insists his team-mate - who started out at non-League Maidstone United - deserves all the praise coming his way.

Asked by United's official website whether he has been impressed by Smalling's season so far, Rooney said: 'Yeah, I have been. He has been incredible and for me he is right up there in world football in terms of centre-halves.

'He is in the top three centre-halves in the world – I think he is that good. He is a great player and he is developing to become more of a leader of the back four. It is great to see for both United and England, and hopefully that can continue for him and he can help us to be successful.'

Rooney was also full of praise for teenage sensation Anthony Martial, who arrived in the summer for a fee that could rise to an eye-watering £58m.
'I think he has been incredible, how he has come over to Manchester and started the way he has, Rooney added.

'Let’s not forget he is still a very young lad as well. To come over with his young family and start the way he has, he deserves a lot of credit.

'You can see what a good player he is and he’ll be an important player for us from now until the end of the season. He is probably the quickest player in our team, if not the quickest in the league.'


28-10-2015, 04:11 PM
Gara-gara Van Gaal, Smalling Terus di-Bully Suporter

Bola.net - Chris Smalling mengatakan bahwa suporter Manchester United terus memanggilnya dengan nama 'Mike' usai Louis van Gaal sempat salah menyebut namanya di musim panas lalu.

Sang bek menghadiri konferensi pers bersama manajer Belanda, sebelum sang bos menyebutnya 'Mike Smalling', dan langsung memancing tawa semua orang yang ada di dalam ruangan.

Namun Smalling mengaku ia terus menderita karena kejadian tersebut.

"Para pemain tidak memanggil saya dengan nama itu, namun ada banyak fans yang melakukannya," tutur Smalling pada The Mirror.

"Anda pergi ke Rusia atau ke manapun, dan mereka terus memanggil saya Mike. Saya kira hal ini akan terus melekat pada saya, selamanya!"

Andi Istiabudi
29-10-2015, 10:27 AM


Chris Smalling has called for Manchester United to respond to the club's disappointing Capital One Cup exit with a positive league performance at Crystal Palace on Saturday.

The Reds defender insisted he and his team-mates must bounce back after suffering a 3-1 penalty shoot-out defeat to Middlesbrough, while across town, Palace were also dumped out of the competition at the Etihad Stadium in a 5-1 defeat by Manchester City.

"Everyone’s very flat in the dressing room," Smalling admitted to MUTV. "I think we put in our all for the entire 120 minutes and I think as the game got on we got stronger. We had quite a lot of chances but it just didn't break our way today.

"I think we’ll take the disappointment tonight but tomorrow we need to turn our attentions immediately to Saturday, because it’s another big game, an away game, and we need a response from tonight."

The England international was frustrated as the Reds failed to score in two hours of play at Old Trafford, as a host of potential openings went begging. Smalling felt he and his team-mates should have coped better with the challenge of breaking down the stubborn visitors from the Championship.

"Sometimes it can be easy playing games against teams in your own league because the game can be more open," the centre-back said. "But we had to take that challenge on because we're the bigger team and they're going to come here and be more defensive.

"It's our job to break them down and we couldn't do it in normal or extra time, and when you get to penalties it's anyone's luck."


29-10-2015, 12:54 PM
Smalling Akui Selalu Sulit Lawan Tim Dari Kasta Bawah

Bola.net - Pemain bertahan Manchester United, Chris Smalling mengakui bahwa melawan Middlesbrough merupakan laga yang sulit. Menurutnya, lebih mudah bermain melawan tim yang ada di divisi yang sama ketimbang tim yang berbeda divisi.

Seperti diketahui, Manchester United baru saja menelan kekalahan tipis 0-1 dari Middlesbrough. Kekalahan ini sekaligus menyingkirkan The Red Devils di ajang Capital One Cup musim ini.

"Kadang-kadang bisa lebih mudah melawan tim yang satu liga dengan kita karena pertandingan akan lebih terbuka. Tapi kami harus menghadapi tantangan itu karena kami adalah tim besar dan lawan datang ke sini dan bermain lebih bertahan," ujarnya.

"Ini tugas kami untuk memecah kebuntuan dan mengalahkan mereka dan kami tak bisa melakukan itu di waktu normal dan juga saat perpanjangan waktu, dan kemudian adu penalti. Itu tergantung keberuntungan," tandasnya.

29-10-2015, 12:56 PM
Smalling: MU Kecewa, Tapi Akan Bangkit

Bola.net - Pemain bertahan Manchester United, Chris Smalling mengungkapkan kekecewaannya usai dikalahkan Middlesbrough lewat adu penalti. Meskipun begitu, ia menegaskan untuk bangkit akhir pekan ini.

The Red Devils harus tersingkir di ajang Capital One Cup setelah kalah lewat adu penalti dengan skor 1-3. Adu penalti harus dilakukan setelah kedua tim bermain imbang tanpa gol selama 120 menit.

Usai pertandingan, Smalling memberikan komentarnya dan bagaimana kondisi ruang ganti usai hasil mengecewakan itu.

"Semua orang sangat 'datar' di ruang ganti. Saya pikir kami memberikan segalanya selama 120 menit dan saya pikir kami semakin menguat. Kami punya cukup banyak peluang, tapi kami hanya tak bisa memaksimalkannya," ujarnya.

"Saya pikir kami akan mengatasi kekecewaan ini malam ini, tapi besok kami harus mengalihkan perhatian kami segera untuk laga hari Sabtu. Ini adalah laga besar lainnya, sebuah laga tandang, dan kami harus memberikan respon," tandasnya.

Andi Istiabudi
30-10-2015, 05:17 PM
Ini Panggilan dari Fans Manchester United untuk Chris Smalling


Bek Manchester United, Chris Smalling, telah mengungkapkan bahwa fans memiliki nama panggilan untuknya. Panggilan itu melekat di dirinya setelah Manajer Louis van Gaal salah memanggil namanya.

Saat memberikan keterangan terkait kapten dan wakil kapten Manchester United, Manajer Louis van Gaal, membuat kesalahan fatal. Dalam konferensi pers tersebut, ia salah memanggil Chris Smalling dan malah memanggilnya dengan nama ‘Mike’.

“Kapten utama Manchester United adalah Wayne Rooney, kedua adalah Michael Carrick, dan yang ketiga adalah Mike Smalling. Maaf, maksud saya Chris,” ujar Van Gaal beberapa waktu lalu.

Kini Smalling mengungkapkan bahwa sejak kesalahan tersebut, para fans Manhester United masih memanggilnya dengan nama tersebut. Namun ia menganggap hal tersebut hanya sebagai candaan saja.

“Para pemain tidak memanggil saya dengan nama itu. Tapi banyak fans melakukannya. Namun saat saya pergi ke Rusia atau kemanapun, panggilan ‘Mike’ selalu ada. Selalu!” ujar Smalling yang dilansir The Metro.


30-10-2015, 05:30 PM
The New Chris Smalling --> Mike Smalling
Mantaaab :))

Andi Istiabudi
04-11-2015, 11:35 AM
Apresiasi Van Gaal untuk Penyelamatan 'Michael' Smalling
Kris Fathoni W - detikSport


Bek Manchester United Chris Smalling baru saja secara khusus dapat pujian dari manajernya, Louis van Gaal. Sial untuk Smalling, Van Gaal salah menyebut namanya... lagi!

MU meraih kemenangan 1-0 ketika menjamu CSKA Moskow di matchday 4 Liga Champions, Rabu (4/11/2015) dinihari WIB, berkat gol tunggal dari Wayne Rooney.

Kendatipun Rooney berperan lewat golnya, lini belakang MU berkontribusi tak kalah besar. Setidaknya ada satu peluang emas CSKA lewat Seydou Doumbia yang berhasil dikandaskan secara beruntun oleh kiper David De Gea dan kemudian Smalling.


Penyelamatan beruntun itulah yang kemudian membuat Van Gaal memberikan apresiasi kepada De Gea dan Smalling, walaupun nama terakhir disebutnya dengan keliru.

"David De Gea menyelamatkan kami dan setelah itu Michael Smalling menyelamatkan kami," ucap Van Gaal seperti dikutip Guardian.

Insiden salah sebut nama Smalling oleh De Gea itu bukan yang kali pertama terjadi. Dalam pramusim lalu, peracik taktik asal Belanda itu juga menyebut beknya itu sebagai "Mike Smalling".

Baru-baru ini Smalling juga sudah mengelaborasi dampak dari insiden salah sebut nama ketika itu. "Para pemain tidak memanggilku Mike, tapi banyak fans yang melakukannya. Bahkan di Rusia atau di mana saja, selalu 'Mike! Mike! Mike!'. Nama itu akan menempel terus padaku untuk selamanya."

04-11-2015, 12:37 PM
Ups, Van Gaal Lagi-lagi Keliru Panggil Nama Smalling

Bola.net - Louis van Gaal sepertinya memang kesulitan mengingat nama depan Chris Smalling.

Manajer Manchester United belum lama ini memberikan pujian pada Smalling, usai sang bek membuat penyelamatan heroik kala timnya menang 1-0 atas CSKA Moscow di Liga Champions dini hari tadi.

Tim akhirnya sukses meraup tiga angka lewat gol tunggal Wayne Rooney. Namun demikian, kejadian menarik terjadi di konferensi pers usai pertandingan.

Menurut laporan yang diturunkan oleh Express, Van Gaal mengatakan: "David de Gea menyelamatkan kami dan setelah itu Michael Smalling menyelamatkan kami."

Van Gaal sebelumnya juga pernah salah memanggil nama Smalling kala United melakoni tur pra-musim ke Amerika Serikat di musim panas.

Andi Istiabudi
05-11-2015, 09:32 AM
'Smalling Bisa Jadi Tumpuan Inggris Selama Satu Dasawarsa ke Depan'
Lucas Aditya - detikSport


Chris Smalling tampil luar biasa bersama Manchester United di musim ini. Dia diyakini bisa menjadi penggawa lini belakan tim nasional Inggris dalam 10 tahun ke depan.

MU sudah mencatatkan diri menjadi tim yang tak kebobolan selama tujuh jam di semua ajang. Terakhir kali ada gol tdi gawang MU terjadi pada laga melawan CSKA Moskow pada 22 Oktober lalu.

Dalam pertandingan itu, gawang 'Setan Merah' dibobol oleh Seydou Doumbia. MU akhirnya selamat dari kekalahan setelah Anthony Martial mencetak gol.

Saat gantian menjamu CSKA di Old Trafford, Rabu (4/11/2015), MU mampu menang tipis, 1-0. Catatan tak kebobolan ini merupakan yang keempat secara berurutan.

Penampilan apik Smalling ini mendapatkan sanjungan dari bek Stoke City, Ryan Shawcross. Dia menilai bahwa Smalling bisa menjadi tumpuan di lini depan The Three Lions dalam jangka waktu yang lama.

"Chris Smalling sudah mengalami kemajuan pesat dalam enam bulan terakhir. Dia lampak seperti bek tengah yang top," kata Shawcross di Sports Mole.

"Saya pikir dia akan terus bermain untuk Inggris dalam lebih dari 10 tahun," tambahnya.

05-11-2015, 11:41 AM
Shawcross Yakin Smalling Bakal Awet Bersama Timnas Inggris

Bola.net - Mantan defender Manchester United (http://www.bola.net/club/manchester-united.html), Ryan Shawcross (http://www.bola.net/profile/ryan_shawcross), meyakini Chris Smalling (http://www.bola.net/profile/chris_smalling) bakal mampu bermain bagi timnas Inggris (http://www.bola.net/club/inggris.html) untuk jangka waktu 10 tahun ke depan.

Musim lalu, Smalling diragukan bakal bisa bertahan lebih lama di Old Trafford. Apalagi Louis Van Gaal disebut masih belum yakin kepadanya. Namun pada musim ini, defender berusia 25 tahun itu menjadi salah satu pilar penting Setan Merah di lini belakang.

Performanya pun mengundang banyak pujian dari berbagai pihak. Salah satu aksinya yang mengundang decak kagum terjadi saat United bersua dengan CSKA Moscow di Liga Champions, Rabu (04/11) kemarin. Ia tampil solid dan bahkan sanggup menggagalkan peluang emas Seydou Doumbia di babak kedua.

Salah satu pihak yang ikut terkesan dengan performa Smalling adalah Shawcross. Defender yang kini bermain bagi Stoke City (http://www.bola.net/club/stoke-city.html) itu bahkan merasa yakin eks bek Fulham tersebut bakal bisa bertahan lama di skuat The Three Lions.

"Dalam enam bulan terakhir, Chris Smalling telah mengalami perkembangan yang sangat pesat. Ia nampak seperti seorang defender sentral papan atas. Saya rasa ia bakal terus bermain bagi timnas Inggris selama lebih dari 10 tahun," pujinya pada Strety News.

Sampai saat ini, Smalling sendiri sudah mengantongi 20 caps bersama timnas Inggris.

05-11-2015, 03:56 PM
Ya..semoga Mike awet bersama Timnas Inggris.
Sing penting jaga performa dan hindari cedera. :)

07-11-2015, 03:15 PM
Congratulations Mike as ManUtd's Player of the Month for October, well done you deserve it :ngacir::ngacir:
Smalling proud to win October award


Chris Smalling has been voted Manchester United’s Player of the Month for October and the in-form defender has admitted he is proud to have been recognised by the fans.

Impressively, Smalling registered 72 per cent of votes cast by visitors to ManUtd.com to finish above fellow nominees Marcos Rojo (16 per cent) and Anthony Martial (12 per cent) in the poll.

It is the first time the England international has won a monthly award, but he has come mightily close on two occasions this season by finishing second and third in the voting for August and September.

During an exclusive interview at Old Trafford, Smalling was clearly pleased to win the prize. “Yes, it's a massive achievement and one that I'm very proud of, that the fans have recognised the work that goes in on the pitch. I'm happy that I'm the player that's been chosen this month.”

This award is the latest highlight in a season that has started brilliantly for Smalling, who has so far made more appearances (19) than any other Red and has arguably been our most influential performer.

Louis van Gaal has even made him captain in the occasional absence of Wayne Rooney, who has also heaped praise on his defensive team-mate. In fact, the no.10 recently claimed in an interview with United Review (http://www.manutd.com/en/News-And-Features/Football-News/2015/Oct/Wayne-Rooney-interview-Chris-Smalling-among-best-in-world.aspx) that Smalling “is in the top three centre-halves in the world – I think he is that good”.

Asked how it felt to receive such a compliment from Rooney, the England centre-back said: “It makes you feel such a great feeling that Wazza, being one of the top players in the world, is saying such compliments like that. It's one that sort of spurs me on, to really kick on and push on to justify that.”

Van Gaal was pleased to learn Smalling has won the Player of the Month prize during his weekly interview with MUTV and the manager was quick to explain his flourishing centre-back is part of a group of Reds who are improving.

"He is one of the players who has improved himself a lot and I am a happy manager," the boss explained on Friday afternoon, ahead of the match with West Brom. "But the fans have to be happy also, because they see the development of a lot of players who are also improving. I hope that they see that as well."


08-11-2015, 11:38 AM
Smalling Bangga Jadi Pemain Terbaik MU Bulan Ini

Bola.net - Defender Manchester United, Chris Smalling, berterima kasih pada fans usai ia terpilih sebagai pemain terbaik klub Setan Merah bulan ini.

Bek tengah asal Inggris tersebut mendapatkan banyak pujian dan pengakuan musim ini, atas penampilan impresif yang ia tunjukkan di jantung pertahanan tim yang bermarkas di Old Trafford tersebut.

Smalling mengatakan pada reporter: "Ini adalah penghargaan yang luar biasa dan saya amat bangga dengan ini, saya juga senang fans sudah mengakui kerja keras saya dan tahu bahwa saya sudah bekerja amat keras di atas lapangan.

"Saya senang saya terpilih sebagai pemain terbaik bulan ini."

Smalling menjadi salah satu pahlawan United kala mereka menang 1-0 atas CSKA Moscow di Liga Champion pekan ini.

08-11-2015, 11:40 AM
Smalling : Rooney Buat Saya Semakin Tangguh

Bola.net - Bek Manchester United, Chris Smalling membeberkan salah satu penyebab performa impresifnya di musim ini. Bek jangkung tersebut mengungkapkan bahwa kapten tim United, Wayne Rooney menjadi salah satu sosok yang berpengaruh dibalik ketangguhannya di lini belakang Setan Merah.

Beberapa waktu yang lalu, Wayne Rooney memuji performa apik Smalling dengan menyebut bahwa bek 25 tahun tersebut merupakan salah satu dari tiga bek tengah terbaik dunia. Pujian Rooney tersebut menurut Smalling merupakan pemicu dirinya untuk bermain lebih baik dari hari ke hari.

"(Pujian) itu membuat saya merasa luar biasa. Saya sangat senang menetahui bahwa Wazza, salah satu pemain terbaik dunia memberikan saya pujian tersebut" ungkap Smalling kepada MUTV. Pujian itulah yang membuat Smalling bersemangat untuk terus tampil baik di lini belakang United.

"Pujian itu mendorong saya untuk membuktikan bahwa itu benar adanya. Pujian itu membuat saya tetap tampil bagus dan menunjukan konsistensi dalam permainan saya" tutup Smalling.

09-11-2015, 02:19 PM
Smalling Klaim Negara Lain Takut Pada Inggris

Bola.net - Chris Smalling mengaku bahwa rekan-rekannya di Manchester United yang berasal dari luar negeri mengaku takut terhadap kualitas talenta-talenta skuat timnas Inggris saat ini.

The Three Lions memastikan diri untuk berlaga di ajang Euro 2016 tahun depan di Prancis. Pasukan Roy Hodgson tersebut diperkuat oleh banyak pemain yang membela klub-klub besar seperti Wayne Rooney (MU), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Theo Walcott (Arsenal), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City), dan masih banyak lagi.

Setelah terhempas dari Piala Dunia tahun 2014 lalu, Inggris seakan mencoba bangkit di ajang kualifikasi Euro 2016. Mereka pun memenangkan 10 pertandingan di ajang tersebut.

Menurut Smalling, performa timnas Inggris itu tak lepas dari pengamatan para pemain tim negara lain yang banyak membela klub-klub EPL. Contohya saja seperti Bastian Schweinsteiger dan Daley Blind yang ada di skuat United. Ia mengatakan bahwa para pemain tersebut benar-benar tak memandang sebelah mata kualitas para penggawa The Three Lions, karena mereka sering bermain melawannya tiap pekan.

"Para pemain asing di United benar-benar memuji timnas Inggris. Kami sempat bercanda tentang hal tersebut dengan Bastian karena kami (timnas Inggris) akan berlaga lawan mereka pada bulan Maret (laga uji coba), dan tim kami juga akan berlaga lawan timnas Belandanya Blind di bulan itu," tutur Smalling pada The People.

"Mereka menilai kami sangat tinggi, karena mereka tahu talenta-talenta yang kami miliki di negara ini dan mereka bermain melawan mereka setiap pekan. Kami mungkin memang belum bisa membuktikan kehebatan kami dalam berbagai turnamen, namun kami masih bisa menyuntikkan rasa takut pada para pemain hebat dari negara lain," serunya.

rio vander vidic
09-11-2015, 06:04 PM
Dari pemain yg sering di bully, terutama sama gue dan temen2 satu kantor..hehe..
Jd pemain yg kereeen..mantap smalling..!!

10-11-2015, 09:27 AM
Merson Puji Solidnya Performa Smalling

Bola.net - Eks gelandang Arsenal, Paul Merson, menilai bahwa Chris Smalling kini mampu tampil semakin baik tiap pekannya bersama Manchester United.

Musim ini, Smalling menjadi defender kepercayaan Louis Van Gaal. Kepercayaan itu sendiri dibayar penuh oleh defender berusia 25 tahun tersebut dengan performa yang solid.

Ia berhasil membuat pertahanan Setan Merah menjadi yang terbaik di liga. United hanya kebobolan delapan gol saja dari 12 pertandingan sejauh ini. Jumlah tersebut merupakan yang paling sedikit ketimbang para kontestan EPL lainnya.

Smalling juga berhasil mengantarkan timnya meraih clean sheet di lima pertandingan terakhirnya di semua ajang, termasuk lawan West Brom akhir pekan lalu. Performa itu pun mengundang pujian dari Merson.

"Saya rasa ia telah tampil baik namun Smalling memang sangat luar biasa. Ia semakin membaik tiap pekannya," puji Merson pada Sky Sports.

10-11-2015, 09:32 AM
Pertahanan Solid, Smalling Puji Kerja Keras Skuat MU

Bola.net - Chris Smalling senang pertahanan Manchester United tampil solid dan mengatakan hal tersebut terjadi berkat kerja keras lini depan dan tengah, bukan hanya lini belakang saja.

Dari lima pertandingan terakhirnya di semua ajang, Setan Merah berhasil mencetak lima clean sheet. Kokohnya performa lini belakang United juga bisa terlihat dari statistik mereka di ajang EPL.

Dari 12 laga sejauh ini, mereka telah mencetak 17 gol dan hanya kebobolan delapan kali saja. Jumlah kebobolan itu adalah jumlah yang paling sedikit di pentas EPL musim ini. Raihan itu lebih baik dibandingkan Manchester City dan Arsenal (sama-sama kebobolan sembilan gol).

Smalling pun mengatakan bahwa solidnya lini pertahanan itu terjadi lantaran bukan hanya lini belakang saja yang bekerja keras, namun juga lini lainnya: tengah dan depan.

"Saya seringkali memikirkan apa yang dikatakan oleh manajer bahwa tugas bertahan itu dimulai dari lini depan dan kami sebagai defender tahu hal bahwa ketika kedua striker ikut membantu menekan lawan, hal itu membantu tugas kami," ujar Smalling pada MUTV.

"Jika mereka bisa melakukan hal itu maka tugas kami akan jadi lebih mudah. Anda tahu bahwa tanpa kerjasama seluruh tim, bertahan merupakan tugas yang sangat sulit bagi para defender. Jadi, semua orang ikut ambil bagian dari solidnya pertahanan kami saat in," terangnya.

Andi Istiabudi
10-11-2015, 09:35 AM


Chris Smalling says he is proud of Manchester United's defensive form this season, especially now that the Reds have kept five consecutive clean sheets in all competitions.

Louis van Gaal's men have not conceded a goal in 555 minutes of competitive football, with the last concession being Seydou Doumbia's goal during the 1-1 draw at CSKA Moscow on 21 October.

Smalling has arguably been the Reds’ star performer this term and deservedly won ManUtd.com’s Player of the Month award for October following a series of impressive displays at the heart of the defence.

The England international's form this campaign has also led to team-mate Wayne Rooney naming him in the top three defenders in world football at present, which is high praise indeed from the captain.

In an interview with MUTV, Smalling said he is happy with his performances and the defence as a whole, particularly when the boss has been forced to make changes because of injury or suspension.

“Over the last year we have had a very good record and in the last month we've had many clean sheets and as a back four, that's really pleasing,” explained Chris. “We’ve been able to do that even when we've had a few changes in the back four and have stuck together.

"Everyone knows their jobs so it's great to be a part of such a good defensive unit, especially knowing that we've always got that chance of scoring at the other end if we can keep it tight.”

Smalling was quick to point out that every member of the team makes an important contribution in helping the Reds keep as solid as possible.

“I think a lot of managers say that it starts from the front and us as defenders know it helps our job when the front two strikers put that pressure on," he added.

"If they can do that it makes our job a lot easier. You know that without the whole team working together, it's a very hard job for the defenders, so everyone plays a part.”


10-11-2015, 09:36 AM
Smalling Senang Pertahanan MU Solid

Bola.net - Chris Smalling mengaku senang lini pertahanan Manchester United sejauh ini tampil solid dan sulit ditembus lawan.

Pujian itu terlontar darinya usai Setan Merah mengalahkan West Brom dengan skor 2-0 akhir pekan kemarin. Hasil itu membuat United kini mengoleksi lima clean sheet beruntung di semua ajang kompetisi.

Hal tersebut jelas membuat Smalling girang. Ia pun juga mengaku senang bisa menjadi bagian dari solidnya lini tersebut.

"Selama setahun terakhir kami memiliki rekor pertahanan yang sangat bagus dan dalam sebulan terakhir kami mencetak banyak clean sheet dan sebagai salah satu dari empat defender, hal itu sangat memuaskan," seru Smalling pada MUTV.

"Kami bisa melakukan itu bahkan ketika kami melakukan sedikit pergantian di lini belakang dan terus bermain bersama. Semua pemain tahu tugasnya masing-masing. Jadi senang sekali rasanya menjadi bagian dari suatu unit pertahanan yang hebat, terutama mengetahui bahwa kami selalu memiliki peluang untuk mencetak gol di lini depan jika kami bisa bertahan dengan rapat di belakang," tandasnya.

Saat ini MU berada di peringkat empat klasemen sementara EPL dengan koleksi 24 poin. Mereka sejauh ini telah mencetak 17 gol dan hanya kebobolan delapan kali saja. Jumlah kebobolan itu merupakan yang paling sedikit di antara tim-tim EPL lainnya musim ini.

12-11-2015, 09:57 AM
Carragher Akui Dirinya Salah Menilai Smalling

Bola.net - Jamie Carragher mengakui dirinya dulu pernah mengatakan Chris Smalling tak akan bisa jadi sosok penting di lini pertahanan Manchester United.

Saat duo Rio Ferdinand dan Nemanja Matic masih ada di jantung pertahanan United, Smalling tak pernah bisa menggeser salah satu dari kedua pemain itu. Ia bahkan digusur dari posisi aslinya yakni bek tengah ke posisi bek kanan.

Sepeninggal Ferdinand dan Vidic, terutama di musim ini, barulah Smalling mampu menjadi pilar utama pertahanan Setan Merah. Sejauh ini, ia melakukan tugasnya dengan sangat brilian di sektor tersebut.

Ia menjadikan lini belakang united sebagai benteng yang kokoh bagi gawang David De Gea. Sejauh ini Setan Merah hanya kebobolan delapan kali dari 12 laga di liga. Jumlah itu merupakan jumlah kebobolan paling sedikit ketimbang tim-tim lainnya di pentas EPL.

Defender berusia 25 tahun itu juga membantu timnya meraih clean sheet di lima pertandingan terakhirnya di semua ajang. Tak ayal lagi, penampilan ciamik itu memaksa Carragher mengakui kesalahannya dalam menilai Smalling.

"Saya pernah meragukan ia bakal bisa menjadi defender nomor satu United, namun ia sudah membuktikan bahwa saya salah," ujar eks defender Liverpool ini seperti dilansir Daily Mail.

Andi Istiabudi
12-11-2015, 04:36 PM


Former Manchester United centre-back Gary Pallister sees similarities between in-form Chris Smalling and his old defensive partner Steve Bruce.

Pallister, a cornerstone of the Reds’ first Premier League title-winning team in 1992/93, has enjoyed watching Smalling blossom into one of the top defenders in the country over the last 18 months. Like Smalling, Pallister enjoyed a rapid ascent from non-league football to Old Trafford, but that’s where he feels the parallels end, stating United’s current no.12 is more akin in playing style to Bruce and another of the Reds’ defensive leaders, Nemanja Vidic.

"I would probably liken Chris more to Brucey and Nemanja," Pallister told United Review. "He loves the defending side of the game, which is what we’ve needed from a centre-half, to just be aggressive, be tough, make the tackles and head the balls, dominate the penalty box – all the things that Brucey was and I wasn’t! And that’s what Chris is doing, coming up against these big lumps!"

Smalling, United’s October Player of the Month, has been earning plaudits from all quarters this season, with Wayne Rooney asserting he’s one of the top three centre-backs in the world.

Pallister continued: "He’s now a proper defender. He’s more confident, he’s enjoyed a good run in the team and he’s enjoyed the responsibility the manager has given him in making him captain on occasions.

"I think it’s mainly down to the fact that he’s been injury-free for a while; he’s played a number of games now in his preferred position of centre-back and we’re seeing the Chris Smalling we saw when he first came to the club. We’ve needed that solidity at the back and he has provided that.

"If you’re looking for consistency in judging the best player in the Premier League in his position so far this season, I think Chris ticks all the boxes. His performances have been exemplary."


Andi Istiabudi
23-11-2015, 02:02 PM
Foto-foto pemain United yang menghadiri pesta ultah Smalling hari Sabtu lalu usai pertandingan lawan Watford..








rio vander vidic
23-11-2015, 07:11 PM
Smalling baru ultah? Congrats lads..hehe..semoga jd next twin tower bareng jones..hehe..

26-11-2015, 12:50 PM
Smalling Kritik Produktivitas Lini Depan MU

Bola.net - Chris Smalling mengungkap bahwa lini depan Manchester United harus tampil lebih garang di beberapa laga berikutnya, jika mereka ingin meraih hasil lebih baik.

Hal itu diungkap sang pemain, usai tim hanya bermain imbang 0-0 melawan PSV dan kini terancam gagal lolos ke babak 16 besar Liga Champions - karena mereka wajib menang di laga tandang melawan Wolfsburg bulan depan.

"Kami punya banyak peluang untuk memenangkan pertandingan. Kami membuat kondisi kami sendiri menjadi lebih sulit," tutur Smalling pada reporter.

"Kami tahu bahwa Wolfsburg akan jadi laga yang sulit, jadi kami sekarang memberi diri kami sendiri tugas yang berat. Kami harus bisa memanfaatkan peluang yang ada. Jika kami mampu mencetak gol pertama, semua akan jadi lebih mudah.

"Kami hanya bisa menyalahkan diri sendiri, namun kami percaya kami bisa meraih hasil bagus di Wolfsburg."

Andi Istiabudi
30-11-2015, 10:36 AM


Manchester United defender Chris Smalling feels more "hidden gems" like Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy can be found further down the football pyramid.

The centre-back was speaking to reporters after playing against Vardy on Saturday, when the Foxes forward set a new Barclays Premier League standard by scoring in an eleventh consecutive game. His feat seems even more remarkable when you consider the record breaker was playing non-league football for Fleetwood Town in the Conference, England's fifth tier, as recently as 2011/12.

"With Jamie's success, I think you will see clubs having a little bit more of a look in non-league for players," said Smalling, who began his own career a couple of rungs below the Conference.

"If you can find some sort of hidden gems in local or non-league football, I think it would be a no-brainer to give them a chance."

Smalling started out at Maidstone United in 2007/08, when the Kent side were playing in the Isthmian League. He believes his stint there, prior to joining Fulham, has helped him to stay grounded and very appreciative of where he is today as a regular starter for both the Reds and England.

"It's one job getting here but it's 10 times harder making sure you stay here," reflected Smalling.

"There is so much competition and this club is always seeking the best players so I think you have got that drive to make sure that you deserve your place in the team.

"If you do have a bad game, then you can look back and see how far you have come. For example, we didn't have changing rooms in non-league football like the ones we see nowadays. Sometimes I'd be better off getting changed in my car!"

It seems experiences like those have helped to shape Smalling and Vardy. "Jamie is such a laid-back character," commented Chris on his now England colleague.

"Everyone is talking about him and he is doing great things this season but you can tell he is the kind of lad that is not going to change. He takes everything in his stride."

Smalling could have just as easily been talking about himself.


Andi Istiabudi
30-11-2015, 10:51 AM
Ada-ada saja nih komentar Owen :D

Jika Main Lagi, Michael Owen Yakin Lebih Baik dari Chris Smalling

Mantan striker Manchester United, Michael Owen, melontarkan kritikan kepada bek The Red Devils, Chris Smalling. Owen mengaku dirinya lebih baik dari Smalling jika bermain pada posisi yang sama.

Hal itu ia utarakan setelah melihat performa Smalling bersama Man. United pada musim ini. Owen menilai bek berusia 26 tahun itu belum bermain secara maksimal dalam beberapa pertandingan yang telah ia lakoni bersama The Red Devils.

Owen juga mengaku heran kenapa orang-orang memberikan penilaian yang baik kepada Smalling. Padahal ia juga bisa bermain lebih baik dari mantan bek Fulham tersebut jika kembali merumput di posisi pemain bertahan.

"Semua orang memuji penampilan Crhis Smalling. Saya bisa bermain sebagai pemain bertahan saat saya memiliki Schweinsteiger dan Morgan Schneiderlin," ujar Michael Owen seperti dilansir Daily Star.

"Untuk menjadi sebuah tim dengan penyerangan yang baik, Anda harus memberikan pengaruh untuk pemain depan. Ini tidak seperti "Anda berenam tinggal di sini dan bertahan, sementara Anda berempat pergi ke depan dan menyerang," lanjutnya.

Smalling merupakan pemain yang menjadi andalan Louis van Gaal untuk menjaga daerah pertahanan Man. United. Tercatat Smalling selalu diturunkan dalam 14 pertandingan Premier League pada musim ini.


01-12-2015, 09:43 AM
Owen Anggap Smaling Tak Bagus-bagus Amat

Michael Owen mengaku tak bisa memahami mengapa Chris Smalling mendapat banyak pujian atas penampilannya.

Pemain Inggris tampil konsisten untuk Manchester United, yang sukses mencatat enam clean sheet dalam delapan pertandingan terakhir.

Louis van Gaal terus dikritik akan gaya main yang ia terapkan di MU, dan Owen sempat menyebut mereka tim yang hanya bisa bertahan.

Owen lantas mengomentari performa Smalling, dengan mengatakan pada BT Sport: "Tahun lalu ada banyak orang yang terpukau dengan Chelsea dan membicarakan John Terry. Musim ini giliran Manchester United dan ada banyak yang memuji Chris Smalling.

"Saya bisa bermain sebagai bek jika saya satu tim dengan Schweinsteiger dan Schneiderlin, dua bek yang tidak bergerak sama sekali dan pemain sayap yang juga tidak banyak menyerang.

"Untuk bisa jadi tim yang mampu menyerang dengan baik, semua pemain harus memberikan kontribusi dalam serangan. Mungkin bukan dua bek yang harus maju, namun ini adalah permainan tim."

United baru saja bermain imbang 1-1 melawan Leicester City pekan lalu.

02-12-2015, 01:57 PM
Chris Smalling Bek Yang Biasa-Biasa Saja, Benarkah?

Pernyataan mengejutkan keluar dari mulut mantan striker Manchester United, Michael Owen pasca United ditahan imbang Leicester City pada akhir pekan kemarin. Pemain yang membela Manchester United selama tiga tahun tersebut menyebut bahwa Chris Smalling hanyalah bek yang biasa-biasa saja dan penampilannya tak bagus-bagus amat.

Kritik dari Owen ini mungkin bisa terbilang sedikit kontroversional, pasalnya Smalling sampai pekan ke 14 ini menjadi pemain United yang tampil paling konsisten. Ia menjadi tembok yang susah ditembus oleh para pemain lawan. Berkat performa apiknya dan David De Gea, United menjadi salah satu tim yang paling sedikit kebobolan di Premier League musim ini.

Saking kokohnya penampilan Smalling di lini pertahanan United, ia sudah beberapa kali mendapat penghargaan Players of The Month versi fans dan ia masuk nominasi Player of The Month versi Premier League untuk bulan November. Untuk itu agak aneh rasanya kalau Owen mengatakan Smalling adalah bek yang biasa-biasa saja.

Untuk membuktikan apakah kritik Owen itu benar atau tidak, Bolanet mencoba membandingkan catatan statistik Smalling dengan catatan statistik beberapa bek top Premier League lainnya, seperti Laurent Koscielny dari Arsenal, John Stones dari Everton, Nicholas Otamendi dari Manchester City, dan Kurt Zouma dari Chelsea. Bagaimana hasilnya? Silahkan simak di bawah ini.

Menurut catatan statistik yang dilansir Squawka, Smalling memiliki jumlah tekel sukses terbanyak di antara kelima bek tersebut. Ia mengoleksi total 20 total tekel sukses. Catatan ini sama dengan catatan tekel sukses John Stones, namun catatan ini diatas rata-rata kelima bek itu yang rata-rata membuat 15 tekel.

Untuk catatan duel udara, Smalling masih menjadi yang teratas dengan memenangi 41 duel udara. Kurt Zouma berada di peringkat kedua, dengan memenangi 40 duel udara. Smalling juga unggul dalam membuat clearances, di mana ia total membuat 90 clearances. Catatan ini jauh di atas rata-rata keempat bek lainnya yang rata-rata mengantongi 60 clearances.

Namun untuk catatan intersep dan Blok, Smalling berada diperingkat kedua. Koscielny merupakan bek yang paling banyak membuat intersep, dengan total 46 intersep sedangkan Smalling diperingkat kedua dengan 34 clearance. Untuk catatan blok, John Stones merupakan yang terbaik yaitu ia mengumpulkan 13 Blok sedangkan Smalling hanya mencatatkan 7 Blok.

Dari catatan bertahan tersebut, Smalling ternyata tercatat sebagai bek yang paling banyak melakukan pelanggaran dengan total 17 pelanggaran. Jumlah ini sangat tinggi dibandingkan bek-bek lainnya yang rata-rata hanya membuat 6 pelanggaran.

Dari semua catatan statistik tersebut, bisa disimpulkan bahwa kritik yang dilontarkan Michael Owen kurang tepat, karena catatan statistik Smalling berada di atas rata-rata bek top Premier League. Memang ada beberapa aspek yang Smalling masih kurang di antara para bek tersebut, namun dari catatan statistik tersebut kita bisa menyimpulkan bahwasanya Smalling bukanlah bek yang biasa-biasa saja.

Andi Istiabudi
03-12-2015, 02:51 PM


The second Manchester United player to tackle our quickfire feature is defender Chris Smalling, who provides great colour when providing answers for the greatest sportsman of all time, the greatest goal he's scored and the greatest player he's ever seen...


Sportsman outside of football: There are lots to name, but I’m a big fan of Muhammad Ali. I have got a few pictures of his quotes around my house as well. He always backed himself. You can be overconfident, but he could back it up and he had that belief. That was somebody who was really at the top of his game.

Player I've watched: I would have to say Paul Scholes. Once you have played with him close up, you can see that what he has is something that can’t be taught. He is a natural. He would receive the ball and know exactly what was around him. He'd know when to play a simple pass or wait for the opposition to come close and then pass at the right moment. It was something special to watch.

Game I’ve been involved in: Maybe the City game at home [in February 2011], it was my first derby at the club. I knew at the start of the week that I was going to be playing so it was a case of getting ready for it all week. Wazza scored his bicycle kick to win it and that was a feeling that I will never forget.

Goal I've scored: I think when I was young, in an Under-14s match, we were drawing 1-1 and I got the ball off the goalkeeper and literally dribbled up the pitch without a care in the world - it was as if I didn’t see anyone else! I took it past the whole team and stuck it in. It was a great moment.

Place I’ve visited: Last summer I went to Peru. I have been on holiday previously and it's always been a case of just sitting on the beach but this time it was South America, walking through the jungle and climbing up high, visiting different cities. It was a special trip and a special few weeks.

Away stadium I’ve played at: There are some special stadiums we've played on tour in America, but I would say Bayern Munich’s Allianz Arena. That is a special one.

Moment of my United career: I think it has to be the first league title in my first year [2010/11] and the fact that i was able to play so much and be a big part of it. The moment we won it is one that will stick with me forever and I want a lot more trophies. Where do I keep my medal? If I said that I might get mugged but I keep it close to me!


08-12-2015, 09:35 AM
Smalling Pede MU Takkan Terus-terusan Mandul

Chris Smalling percaya Manchester United takkan terus-menerus mengalami kesulitan dalam mencetak gol musim ini.

United mendapat cemooh dari fans, usai mereka hanya bisa bermain 0-0 melawan West Ham di Old Trafford pekan lalu. Hal ini bukan modal bagus jelang laga Liga Champions melawan Wolfsburg, yang harus mereka menangkan untuk bisa lolos ke babak 16 besar.

Namun Smalling mengatakan pada MUTV: "Bukannya kami tak bisa membuat peluang. Kami harusnya dengan mudah bisa membuat beberapa gol.

"Jika kami terus membuat peluang, kami percaya diri kami akan bisa mencetak gol cepat atau lambat.

"Ketika Anda tampil dominan di laga seperti melawan West Ham, seperti yang kami lakukan, kami harusnya meraih tiga angka penuh."

16-12-2015, 02:44 PM
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Chris Smalling terpilih sebagai 'The MUDSA Player of the Year for 2015'. MUDSA adalah asosiasi pendukung bagi supporter penyandang cacat yang pertama kali didirikan pada tahun 1989.

23-12-2015, 01:54 PM
Jamie Carragher, legenda LFC yang menjadi pundit berpendapat Chris Smalling adalah bek tengah terbaik EPL musim ini.

"Dia menjelma menjadi pemimpin dilini belakang United. Kemajuan telah dicapai olehnya. Saya pikir dia benar-benar menjadi bek tengah terbaik diliga musim ini."

Selain itu ia juga memuji penjaga gawang nomor satu setan merah, David De Gea serta mengatakan kiper asal Spanyol tersebut berada pada level yang sama dengan Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich).

"Saya berfikiran ia bersama Manuel Neuer adalah penjaga gawang terbaik didunia saat ini. Masalah yang dihadapinya awal musim, mental yang terpuruk akibat transfer yang gagal (ke Real Madrid) telah membentuknya menjadi pemain terbaik Manchester United. Seperti yang kita lihat dua tahun terakhir."

Andi Istiabudi
31-12-2015, 09:46 AM


Chris Smalling feels Manchester United’s performance against Chelsea on Monday will give the team plenty of heart heading into the New Year.

Though there were no goals to celebrate at Old Trafford, the Reds had much the better of the game against the reigning champions and were denied victory only by the woodwork and Blues goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, who made a stunning point-blank save from Ander Herrera in the second half.

After the disappointing defeat at Stoke City on Boxing Day, Monday's display was much improved and Louis van Gaal’s men will be encouraged ahead of the next encounter, at home to Swansea City on Saturday.

Smalling said: "We caused Chelsea a lot of problems, which is a positive as they play with a back four that doesn’t really move and two defensive midfielders. To create the amount of chances we did is positive.

"We tried our luck and people weren’t afraid to get their shots away – on another day they may well have gone in. The players will take a lot of confidence from the fact that we were getting into lots of good positions and causing them a few troubles.

"It was difficult after Stoke for much to be said and it was all about turning our attentions to Chelsea. I think we were quite lucky that we had a game straight after Stoke for us to put it right.

"We’ve rolled our sleeves up and worked hard on the training field and had to make sure that we regrouped. We stood up, showed we were the better team, but couldn’t quite get the win."

Despite the encouraging signs against Guus Hiddink’s side, there was a nagging sense of frustration at the final whistle as the winless run was extended to eight games.

Smalling wants to put that right by getting 2016 off to a positive start against the Swans and, after two games in three days, he hopes a few days’ recovery will aid the Reds’ quest.

"We want to stick at the top end of the table and when you dominate games you need to win them," the defender added. "We’ll take some positives and make sure we come back stronger.

"I think there are a good few of us who need some days’ recovery now after this period and, once we’ve done that, we can prepare for Saturday and come back to Old Trafford with the same energy and enthusiasm to keep driving and get that win."


Andi Istiabudi
02-01-2016, 12:54 AM


Increasingly influential defender Chris Smalling has challenged Manchester United to be within touching distance of the Barclays Premier League summit by the end of January.

The Reds slipped down the table to sixth place during a disappointing December in which only two points from a possible 15 were registered by Louis van Gaal’s team.

However, given how unpredictable and inconsistent this season has been for all teams, Smalling is optimistic of getting back on track and has set the players a target to achieve within the next four weeks.

Speaking to MUTV ahead of Saturday’s match against Swansea City at Old Trafford, Chris said: “It is a crazy league this season and, when you slip up as a team, you look at the scores and see two or three other teams who you’d expect to win slipping up as well. It is so competitive amongst the teams in the league, positions are always changing and there aren’t many points between teams.

“You just need to be consistent and we need to get back to that, like we were earlier in the season when we were top. With any consistency in this league, you can shoot up the table and create a gap.

“As I say, it wasn’t long ago when we were at the top. The league is that close – if you get three wins on the bounce then you can be within touching distance of the lead. Our aim is to get to the end of January and be within touching distance of the top. From there on, anything is possible.”

United are currently without a win in eight matches across all competitions and, as such, are determined to get a positive result against Swansea. Smalling knows it will be far from easy against a side that has recorded three straight 2-1 wins over the Reds in the last two seasons.

“They are a team that has progressed, although recently their form hasn’t been great, but over the years they have finished consistently in the top half and they’ve always had players who can hurt you,” he said. “We have found it to be a tough game and it’s often just a single goal that decides the game.

“We won’t forget the game earlier in the season and the threats they caused. Obviously they will be looking for the win to get on a run, as we are on Saturday. But with us being the home team, we need to be on the front foot and start the game like we did against Chelsea. We need to prolong that for the whole match because I’m pretty sure most teams cannot handle that for 90 minutes.”


Andi Istiabudi
04-01-2016, 09:53 AM


Chris Smalling admitted it was a "great feeling" to help Manchester United get back to winning ways with a 2-1 victory over Swansea City at Old Trafford, and now he wants the Reds to build on the result by going on a consistent run.

Having gone eight games without a victory, second-half goals from Anthony Martial and Wayne Rooney – either side of a Gylfi Sigurdsson header – secured all three points for Louis van Gaal’s side on Saturday in the first game of 2016.

Despite late Swansea pressure, including a 95th-minute header from goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski that flew narrowly wide, United hung on to claim three points and Smalling felt the win had been coming.

"We’ve tried to work hard on the training pitch," he told MUTV. "December was a poor month and it’s a great feeling to get that win. I think, especially in the last couple of games, we’ve fought hard and we need to kick on like we did today.

"As players, we knew we had to stop that run and get on the front foot. We did that today and then, in the second half, they tired because we really did press them. It was a good start to the year and we can’t afford any more slip-ups now, so we need to make sure we keep playing like this."

United took the lead just two minutes after the break, as a delightful right-wing cross from Ashley Young was emphatically headed home by Man-of-the-Match Martial.

Smalling said: "He’s come in and obviously had a lot of pressure but you can see right from the off he’s not afraid to be direct, get at people, use his pace and his tricks. He’s a terrific player and I’m glad we’ve got him."

Sigurdsson's looping header over David De Gea pulled the Swans level on 70 minutes, but Smalling was impressed by the character United showed to get back into a winning position.

"In Monday’s draw [against Chelsea], that was a game where we had to dig in and we didn’t quite get what we wanted. In the second half today, we played far better, dominated more of the game and really kicked on and showed that grit and desire that we’ve got to show in games.

"They were two well-worked goals and to see your two strikers get on the scoresheet is good. Hopefully with the number of chances we’ve created today, and in our previous games as well, it’s only time before the goals will start coming and, fingers crossed, they’ll come now.

"We’ve dropped far too many points for our liking. Luckily, this league is so up in the air it’s everything to play for. If we can get on a consistent run now then we can start looking up that table."


Andi Istiabudi
06-01-2016, 09:39 AM


Chris Smalling has admitted his tremendous form this season has been partly driven by the media speculation linking Manchester United with a new centre-back last summer.

The commanding defender has made more appearances than any other United player this campaign with 29 games to his name. He has also contributed to 15 clean sheets, scored one goal and even worn the captain’s armband in the absence of Wayne Rooney and Michael Carrick.

Smalling’s impressive performances have followed a strong end to the 2014/15 season, when he helped Louis van Gaal’s team to a fourth-placed finish in the Barclays Premier League. However, that didn’t prevent rumours linking the club with new defenders during the summer transfer window.

During an interview with MUTV, Smalling was asked how it felt to read about such speculation during the off-season and how it has affected his form. “It does spur you on,” he admitted. “When you come to Manchester United, in every transfer window - whether the team is doing well or badly - there are always players linked with the club because this club is always linked with the best players.

“It keeps you on your toes and spurs you on. You can't rest on six months of good performances because as soon as you have a blip, there is always another player to take your place.”

At the start of 2016, now is an appropriate time to look back on the previous year and Smalling is content with his progress. “It's a time when you can reflect but not for too long because it is a busy period,” Chris said. “I have been happy with the past year, I have stayed relatively injury-free and have been able to play games, build up and keep learning. I take a lot of positives from that.

“Towards the end of last season and in the summer, somebody needed to step up and make sure they were consistent. In the last couple of years we have had a lot of injuries in the centre-back positions, so in these last 12 months I have been happy and injury-free with the manager's faith.

“I don't make too many resolutions but if I can stay injury-free again then I would wish for that, and also to contribute to success with United and England.”


09-01-2016, 04:23 PM
Van Gaal: Nama Smalling Sekarang 'Pele'

Louis van Gaal belakangan dikenal sering salah dalam menyebutkan nama pemainnya. 'Korban' teranyar manajer Manchester United itu adalah bek Chris Smalling.

Nama 'Pele' diberikan van Gaal kepada Smalling. Itu diutarakan van Gaal dalam konferensi pers jelang laga FA Cup melawan Sheffield United.

"Saya bilang pada 'Mike' Smalling kalau saya memanggilnya Pele. Itu karena dia memiliki gerakan yang fantastis," ujar van Gaal seperti dikutip Four Four Two.

"Jadi, sekarang lebih mudah memanggilnya Pele," imbuhnya.

Smalling sudah bermain 19 kali di Premier League musim ini. Dalam 19 penampilan itu, bek 26 tahun Inggris tersebut juga mengemas satu assist. (fft/gia)

Andi Istiabudi
13-01-2016, 03:43 PM
Giliran Smalling yang Banjir Cibiran
Lucas Aditya - detikSport


Newcastle - Selain Wayne Rooney, Chris Smalling menjadi pemain yang paling disorot saat laga Manchester United melawan Newcastle United. Bek 26 tahun mendapatkan banyak cibiran di media sosial.

Saat melakoni pertandingan di St James' Park, Rabu (13/1/2015) dinihari WIB, MU harus puas bermain imbang melawan The Magpies. Mereka menyudahi laga dengan skor akhir 3-3.

Rooney tampil cemerlang dalam laga itu dengan catatan dua gol, satu gol MU lainnya dikemas oleh Jesse Lingard. Sementara gol dari Newcastle dicetak oleh Georginio Wijnaldum, Aleksandar Mitrovic, dan Paul Dummett.

Tiga gol ke tim tuan rumah itu tercipta berkat kesalahan-kesalahan para pemain 'Setan Merah' saat menggalang pertahanan.

Di gol pertama, Marouane Fellaini yang bermaksud melakukan clearance, malah memberikan bola matang untuk Wijnaldum. Pemain asal Belanda itu berhasil menaklukan David De Gea dengan sepakan jarak jauh.

Satu blunder fatal dilakukan oleh Smalling di laga itu, saat situasi sepak pojok, dia malah menjatuhkan Mitrovic. Wasit pun menunjuk titik putih, yang berhasil dikonversi oleh Mitrovic sendiri menjadi gol.

Para pendukung MU pun langsung memberikan kritik untuk pernampilan Smalling. Smalling yang sempat membawa MU mencatatkan sebanyak 10 clean sheet, tampak seperti menjadi titik lemah MU di laga itu. Cibiran-cibiran untuk Smalling itu diucapkan lewat mikro blogging Twitter.

"Rooney mengambil penampilan Smalling di tahun 2015, Smalling mengambil penampilan Rooney di tahun 2015 memasuki tahun baru," kicau akun @Marwan_KF.

"Itu tampak seperti Rooney dan Smaling menukarkan jiwa sepakbola mereka di laga ini," tambah @Ishasha99.

"Rooney sudah kembali, malang untuk ManU, Smalling juga kembali!" tulis akun @darktheori.

Andi Istiabudi
14-01-2016, 04:05 PM


Chris Smalling insists he and his teammates must learn from their mistakes as United were twice pegged back in Tuesday night's draw with Newcastle United.

The England international was in the thick of an entertaining encounter on Tyneside, as two goals from Wayne Rooney either side of a Jesse Lingard strike looked to have the Reds on course for a third consecutive victory in all competitions.

But Paul Dummett's late leveller came at a crucial time according to Smalling, who is calling for more mental strength at key moments during games.

"I think if you came into the changing rooms after the match, it was like we’d lost the game," he told MUTV.

"We put ourselves in such a good position and we could have finished it a little bit earlier, but even when we did so well to get to 3-2, we need to hold on and be a bit stronger.

"We got that early goal which settled us down and we could have scored more, but it’s about finding that balance so we’re not giving away these sloppy goals just before half-time and just before the final whistle. They’re key times in the game and we need to make sure we’re switched on."

The defender also felt he had been hard done-by for Newcastle's second goal, which came courtesy of an Aleksandar Mitrovic penalty after referee Mike Dean adjudged Smalling to have brought down the Serbian in the box midway through the second half.

"We were both jostling for positions throughout the game. The referee said we were both at it so he didn't give anything and I think there needs to be that consistency with the decisions. You can see my shirt was clearly pulled as well so it’s just about consistency. If you’re going to give them, fair enough, but you need to be giving them on a regular basis."

The defender believes Newcastle's last-gasp goal will do little to dent United's confidence ahead of Sunday's grudge match against Liverpool, adding: "I think in recent times we’ve done very well against them, obviously this year at Old Trafford and last season we’ve got very good results, so we’re very confident of going there and causing them a problem."


19-01-2016, 05:58 PM
Smalling: Ini Premier League yang Gila!

Chris Smalling mengatakan persaingan di Premier League musim ini amat ketat, hingga ia tak yakin siapa yang bakal menjadi juara di akhir nanti.

Namun demikian, spirit skuat Manchester United tengah tinggi-tingginya, usai mereka mencatat kemenangan 1-0 atas Liverpool di Anfield pekan lalu. Dan Smalling meminta tim untuk meneruskan catatan positif tersebut di sisa kompetisi.

"Itulah rencananya. Kami ingin terus mencoba positif dan melangkah maju, jadi saya harap kami bisa kembali menang akhir pekan ini. Ini adalah musim yang gila, di mana ada banyak tim yang kehilangan poin. Ketika Anda terlihat akan kalah, Anda justru meraih poin - benar-benar gila," tutur Smalling pada Daily Star.

"Ya, kami ingin terus menatap ke depan. Kami ingin terus bermain konsisten.

"Kami sudah menunjukkan bahwa jika Anda bisa terus menang di tiga atau empat pertandingan, Anda bisa kembali ke puncak klasemen."


26-01-2016, 01:59 AM
Smalling Minta MU Move On Usai Kalah Dari Southampton

Pemain bertahan Manchester United, Chris Smalling meminta rekan-rekannya untuk melupakan kekalahan 0-1 atas Southampton dan fokus ke laga selanjutnya melawan Derby County.

Seperti diketahui, The Red Devils mengalami kekalahan keenam mereka musim ini di Premier League saat menjamu Soton di Old Trafford. Adalah gol tunggal Charlie Austin yang memastikan Soton meraih tiga poin.

Meskipun mengaku kecewa, Smalling meminta rekannya tak terlalu larut dalam kesedihan karena kekalahan. Pasalnya tengah pekan ini akan ada laga yang tak kalah penting melawan Derby County di babak keempat Piala FA.

"Kami tak bisa memikirkan kekalahan ini terlalu banyak. Kami harus melangkah lagi pada hari Jumat ini lawan Derby sebelum melawan Stoke City," ujarnya.

"Para pemain harus bangkit sendiri karena hanya kami sendiri yang bisa mengubah sesuatunya," tandasnya.


Andi Istiabudi
10-02-2016, 06:12 AM
Betul, ketimbang memikirkan klub lain lebih baik fokus untuk pertandingan United selanjutnya :)

Smalling: MU Tak Peduli City Akan Dilatih Guardiola
Okdwitya Karina Sari - detikSport


Manchester - Rivalitas duo Manchester niscaya kian ramai dengan datangnya Josep Guardiola di Manchester City pada musim depan. Chris Smalling menyatakan Manchester United tidak cemas dengan kehadiran Guardiola.

Guardiola diyakini merupakan pelatih terbaik di dunia saat ini setelah meraih 19 trofi bersama Barcelona dan Bayern Munich. MU termasuk salah satu klub yang kencang dikabarkan mengejar pelatih Catalan itu tapi City lah yang berhasil mendapatkannya.

Dengan Guardiola di City, maka persaingan di Premier League akan semakin ketat. Reputasi Guardiola juga berpotensi besar dalam mendatangkan lebih banyak lagi pemain bintang tapi juga menambah berat pekerjaan 'Setan Merah'.

"Kami benar-benar tidak peduli, dalam hal siapapun yang akan melatih City, atau siapapun yang datang dan pergi, hal itu benar-benar tidak mempengaruhi kami," kata Smalling kepada Sky Sports.

"City selalu memiliki seorang manajer top, seperti juga dengan kami, jadi hal itu tidak terlalu mempengaruhi kami."

"Bagus melihat bahwa banyak pemain dan pelati terbaik ingin bekerja di Inggris. Jadi aku menyambut hal itu."

Sejak Sir Alex Ferguson pensiun pada 2013, MU cukup kesulitan untuk bersaing dengan rival sekotanya itu. Dalam dua musim terakhir, MU tidak pernah bisa finis di atas City dan di musim ini tertinggal enam poin di papan klasemen.

12-02-2016, 07:10 AM
Smalling Ungkap Dua Nama Pemain Tertangguh di MU

Marcos Rojo dan Sergio Romero adalah dua sosok paling tangguh yang ada di Manchester United, menurut Chris Smalling.

Sang bek mengatakan bahwa kedua pemain Argentina tersebut sedikit 'gila' dan 'Anda tidak akan ingin berkelahi dengan mereka berdua.'

Ketika ditanya mengenai siapa pemain paling tangguh di klub oleh Sky Sports, Smalling menjawab: "Sergio dan Marcos."

"Mereka punya darah Argentina di dalam diri mereka, mereka tidak benar-benar tenang seperti kelihatannya."

"Jika ada sesuatu buruk yang akan terjadi, Anda jelas ingin mereka berdua masuk dalam kelompok Anda."

Smalling juga memberikan komentar mengenai Wayne Rooney, yang sempat menghebohkan Inggris usai muncul rekaman yang menunjukkan ia tersungkur usai di-K.O oleh pemain Stoke, Phil Bardsley, di rumahnya sendiri.

"Wazza mendapat pukulan dari Phil Bardsley, jadi hal tersebut sedikit menodai reputasinya (sembari tertawa-red)."


Andi Istiabudi
18-02-2016, 01:25 AM

Berharap Smalling dapat menjaga lini pertahanan United dengan baik dalam match UEL untuk menjaga peluang United tidak kebobolan di menit-menit akhir pertandingan :)

Andi Istiabudi
19-02-2016, 09:21 PM


Manchester United defender Chris Smalling has called on his team-mates to produce an immediate response to Thursday's shock Europa League defeat against FC Midtjylland.

After Memphis Depay had put the Reds ahead, the hosts came from behind to secure a valuable 2-1 lead ahead of next week's return leg at Old Trafford thanks to goals from Pione Sisto and Paul Onuachu.

Smalling admitted after the match that United's overall performance was not good enough, and was quick to say the club's travelling fans deserve a much better display in the second leg.

"It was a performance that wasn’t acceptable," the 26-year-old told MUTV. "We need to start rewarding these fans who travel this far and give us great support throughout the whole game. I think we all know that it wasn’t good enough.

“Conceding before half time didn’t help, we didn’t really kick on with that belief in the second half, and I think we lost far too many tackles and a lot of second balls.

"I think in these games when you play teams that are lesser than Manchester United, you need to win your tackles and second balls. When you don’t do that, then it is an even playing field on the pitch. So I think that we’ve only got ourselves to blame for the result.”

The Reds were dealt a blow before kick-off when David De Gea suffered a knee injury during the warm-up, but Smalling believes that United should have avoided defeat despite the absence of their goalkeeper.

“He is obviously the main focus of our plans, but we can’t blame that injury or the previous injuries on our performance tonight.

“We saw that Midtjylland pressed high, as a team they worked very hard and I think we just didn’t match that. I think the aggression wasn’t there in the second-half, and we paid the price in the end.”


21-02-2016, 07:53 PM


Manchester United defender Chris Smalling feels that a strong and confident start could be the key to overcoming ShrewsburyTown in the Emirates FA Cup on Monday.

The Reds travel to Greenhous Meadow with the aim of securing a place in the quarter final for the second time in as many years, but Smalling feels that he and his team-mates will need to match the aggression of a home side spurred on by a capacity crowd to do so.

“The aggression that you start the game with is something you need to match with the other team, something that I don’t think we have done recently,” he told MUTV. “We need to make sure we win our battles and our second balls and then when it starts to die down we can overcome them with our football.

“This competition is massive for us, particularly because we’re not fighting at the top of the league like we expected to be,” Smalling added. “The FA Cup is an opportunity to win some silverware and a competition we’ve done well in so far this season. We’ll go to Shrewsbury as favourites and we need to control that tie.”

Controlling the match will be a difficult task, however, with Shrewsbury expected to play with a freedom afforded by their underdog status. United are used to this though, having beaten lower-league opposition six times during Louis van Gaal’s tenure, a number Smalling is confident United can add to as the Reds continue the search for a first FA Cup triumph since 2004.

“We can expect a terrific atmosphere on Monday, but that is something we always seem to rise to,” Chris commented. We have done well in recent years against lower-league sides away from home and we know what to expect.”

“It’s surprising how long this club has gone since winning the FA Cup, but I think that makes everyone hungrier. A competition like this shouldn’t be away from us for this long.”


Andi Istiabudi
26-02-2016, 09:16 AM
Wiih dapat pujian dari salah satu striker paling bersinar di EPL musim ini :D

Jamie Vardy Sebut Smalling Sebagai Bek Paling Tangguh

Striker Leicester City, Jamie Vardy, mengungkapkan siapa bek paling tangguh yang pernah ia hadapi hingga saat ini. Pemain berkebangsaan Inggris itu, menganggap pemain bertahan Manchester United, Chris Smalling, sebagai lawan paling kuat.


Jamie Vardy menjadi sosok striker paling menakutkan di Inggris. Pemain berusia 29 tahun tersebut sudah berhasil mencetak 19 gol dari 26 penampilannya di Premier League hingga saat ini. Ia bahkan berhasil membawa Leicester City memuncaki klasemen dengan torehan 53 poin.

Namun, striker tim nasional (timnas) Inggris itu baru-baru ini membeberkan perihal siapa pemain bertahan paling tangguh yang pernah ia hadapi sejauh ini. Vardy dengan yakin menjawab Smaliing sebagai bek paling kuat yang pernah ia lawan.

"Smalling selalu menjaga saya dengan ketat, ia bahkan selalu ada di samping saya kemanapun saya berlari. Sungguh Smalling adalah bek yang paling kuat yang pernah saya hadapi hingga saat ini," kata Vardy seperti dikutip dari Daily Star.

Vardy juga mengukapkan perasaan kagumnya ketika merasakan bermain di Old Trafford. Ia bahkan menyebut kandang Man. United itu merupakan stadion lawan paling angker yang pernah ia sambangi.

"Old Trafford sungguh brillian dan menakutkan, para penggemar membawa suasana yang gila ke dalam stadion saya rasa itu sangat hebat. Saya yakin setiap anak kecil yang datang ke sana pasti bisa berharap bisa main di Old Trafford ketika mereka dewasa nanti," ujarnya.

Perlu diketahui, Vardy bergabung dengan Leicester dari klub semi-profesional, Fleetwood, dengan nilai transfer hanya satu juta pound atau sekitar 19 milliar rupiah. Pada November 2015, ia menjadi pemain pertama yang sukses mencetak 11 gol beruntun di Premier League. Ia berhasil memecahkan rekor yang sebelumnya dipegang mantan striker Manchester United, Ruud van Nistelrooy, dengan mencetak gol dalam 11 pertandingan secara berturut-turut.


Andi Istiabudi
28-02-2016, 12:39 AM


Chris Smalling hopes to return in Sunday’s Barclays Premier League blockbuster against Arsenal and maintain the form that has arguably made him Manchester United’s most consistent performer this season.

Smalling missed Thursday’s Europa League match against Midtjylland at Old Trafford with an injury sustained in the Emirates FA Cup tie at Shrewsbury Town, yet the 5-1 victory over the Danish champions was only the second match he has missed this season. The increasingly influential defender now hopes he can maintain that impressive consistency upon his return to the starting XI.

“Touch wood, that carries on,” Chris explains in Sunday’s edition of United Review. “I was disappointed to miss the other night, but I'm hoping to be okay to play this game. I've not really done anything differently to the other lads but, probably from about halfway through last season, I got on a good run in the team and I've just tried to carry that on from there. Long may it continue.”

Sunday’s match is particularly important for United with time running out to secure a place in the Premier League’s top four, which carries Champions League qualification with it. The fixture also has an emotional significance for Smalling after supporting Arsenal as a child.

“I always look forward to these games,” says Smalling in the matchday programme. “It’s no secret that I was an Arsenal supporter growing up, so this fixture is even bigger for me and especially given it involves two of the biggest teams in the country. I hope I can step out onto the field.”

Asked which of the matches against Arsenal stand out from his career, Smalling suggests three key outings. “The one at the Emirates when Wazza scored [in November 2014]; that was a good away win. We’ve had some very good performances at home as well.

"The 8-2 was a great day. When Welbz [Danny Welbeck] scored the winner for them in the FA Cup last season, that was a bit of a killer blow, but overall I feel like we’ve done quite well against them.”


09-03-2016, 06:30 PM


Chris Smalling believes it is imperative Manchester United's players win their individual battles in Thursday's Europa League match at Liverpool.

The England centre-back has already marshalled a defence that kept a clean sheet at Anfield in the 1-0 victory as recently as January, when the Merseysiders played without a recognised striker. Christian Benteke and defender Steven Caulker came off the bench and were pushed up front late on but Jurgen Klopp now has Daniel Sturridge as an obvious option for this week's clash. Divick Origi is another player who could start in attack for Liverpool.

Now back from injury, Smalling sat alongside Louis van Gaal at Wednesday morning's pre-match press conference and is clearly relishing a physical confrontation, no matter who plays in the hosts' forward line.

"I think, quite often, the first 20 minutes can be quite frantic," said Smalling. "But you want to get the upper hand on your opponent, whoever you’re playing against. For me, for example, it’s the striker. Very early on, you want to get an early challenge in and make sure you dominate.

"These are games the players look forward to and it’s one I’m certainly looking forward to playing in," he added, while insisting the hostile atmosphere will not affect United.

"It’s good that the manager sees it from a tactical viewpoint and we work on the training pitch before the game on our tactics so we don’t get caught up in the occasion. But when you cross over that white line, I think the emotion can drive you on and hopefully bring out a better performance."


11-03-2016, 06:39 PM


Manchester United defender Chris Smalling has acknowledged the Reds have “a difficult job on our hands” following Thursday’s 2-0 defeat to Liverpool.

Louis van Gaal’s men will have to overturn a first-leg deficit in next week’s return match at Old Trafford in order to reach the Europa League quarter-finals, after goals from Daniel Sturridge and Roberto Firmino gave the hosts the advantage.

Smalling admits United struggled to cope with Liverpool, particularly during the first half at Anfield, but says it’s up to the players to turn the tie around.

“We’re disappointed,” he told MUTV. “I think we could have done with getting an away goal – we know we’ve got a difficult job on our hands.

“They had a lot of runners coming from midfield, and I think our wingers were having to defend a lot, so whenever we won the ball back we couldn’t really sustain it [possession] and keep it. In that first half, it was very difficult, we couldn’t get up the pitch.

"In the second half we were a little bit more comfortable, albeit without creating too many chances. We could have really done with getting that away goal. I think if you get that goal, you can be a bit more positive, but it’s now up to us to rectify it in front of our own fans. The first goal is going to be crucial.

“We’re all disappointed, but knowing we’ve now got two home games, it's up to us to take the game to West Ham [on Sunday] and then Liverpool [next Thursday].”

David De Gea made a number of excellent saves to keep Liverpool at bay and give United a chance of winning the tie overall. Smalling praised United's no.1 for his contribution, and hopes the backing of the fans will help the players when the sides meet again at Old Traffod.

“I think both of their goals were pretty fortuitous, but David did make two very good saves," he added.

“I think night games have a different edge to them and I think our fans will be right behind us. It’s down to us to deliver and put on a better performance than we did tonight. We’re obviously disappointed tonight, but we need to recover."


19-03-2016, 12:30 AM

Chris Smalling rued the timing of Liverpool’s equaliser as Manchester United bowed out of the Europa League after a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford.

Looking to overturn a 2-0 deficit from the first leg at Anfield a week ago, United flew out of the blocks in the return fixture and looked to be on their way to reversing the damage that had been done, as they halved the arrears on aggregate through Anthony Martial’s penalty after 32 minutes.

But the Reds were dealt a cruel sucker punch just before the interval, as Philippe Coutinho’s dinked finish drew Liverpool level on the night and reasserted their two-goal advantage overall. Hence, Smalling could only bemoan the timing of the equaliser after such a strong start from the team.

"We believed that, if we started well, we could put them under pressure," he told MUTV. "You could see that they started to crumble but it was unfortunate we conceded just before half-time because we had a real battle on our hands."

Smalling also expressed his disappointment at the size of the task United had been given in the first instance, insisting that the tie would be difficult to win following that loss against Jurgen Klopp’s men last Thursday.

"The damage was done in the first leg," the England international accepted. "We all knew we gave ourselves far too much to do and we paid the price for that tonight."

The aim is now simple - to win at Manchester City on Sunday to close the gap on the Blues in the table to a single point.

"We're going to want to make sure we go into that international break on a high and the only way we can close the gap on the top four is by beating somebody who's already in there," he added. "It's our time to step up.

"There's still a lot to play for. We need to show that consistency in our performances and, if we can build on that first half, we give ourselves a chance in the league and in the FA Cup."


21-03-2016, 12:52 PM


Manchester United defender Chris Smalling says the Reds had to fight hard to earn all three points in Sunday's 1-0 win over Manchester City.

The defender was named Man of the Match by fans on Twitter - earning 61 per cent of the total votes - for his impressive defensive display at the Etihad Stadium, but it was a first-half strike from Marcus Rashford which sealed the important victory.

Having had little time to prepare following Thursday's clash with Liverpool at Old Trafford, several players suffered from cramp in the latter stages of the match, and Smalling was pleased to see his team-mates' dedication.

Speaking to MUTV after the game, he said: “We dug in and got the result we needed. I think everyone put their bodies on the line; they had a lot of corners and there were a lot of last-ditch tackles. I think you could see that the players were really working for the cause.

“I think we controlled the game for large parts and the first-half performance was very good as well. They didn’t have many clear-cut chances, there was [Sergio] Aguero’s right at the end, but other than that I think we controlled it very well. We made them play in front of us and they couldn’t come up with the answers."

Smalling received a yellow card just 10 minutes into the contest but went on to produce a solid display at the heart of the defence, and says he had to "manage the game" carefully.

“I think to get a booking so early in the game made it very risky for the rest of the match," he added. "That was a situation where I don’t think it was necessarily a booking but if I’d done it again it probably could have been – I had to manage the game for a very long period with being on a booking."


27-03-2016, 04:11 PM
Bola.net - Penyerang Leicester City, Jamie Vardy mengungkapkan siapa lawan yang paling sulit yang pernah ia hadapi musim ini.
Vardy sukses menyita perhatian publik dunia berkat ketajamannya bersama The Foxes musim ini. Dengan torehan 19 gol sejauh ini, penyerang timnas Inggris tersebut sukses membawa Leicester untuk sementara memuncaki klasemen sementara.

Dengan ketajaman dan sebagai seorang penyerang, tentu Vardy sudah merasakan berbagai macam 'penjagaan' yang dilakukan oleh lawan kepadanya. Namun kepada Squawka, Vardy mengungkapkan siapa bek yang paling sulit dihadapi.

"Saya harus mengatakan Chris Smalling tahun ini sangat sulit. Dia tak pernah memberi anda istirahat barang sejenak. Lebih baik memilikinya dalam tim daripada harus melawan dia," ungkapnya.

Selain mengatakan lawan terberatnya, Vardy juga memuji dua bek tengah timnya, Wes Morgan dan Robert Huth sebagai duet yang sangat solid dan kerap diremehkan lawan.(sqw/dzi)

06-04-2016, 04:55 PM
http://www.manutd.com/sitecore/shell/~/media/A028C6D71BAF40719CA7BD3261ED0452.ashx?w=1280&h=720&rgn=0,53,2000,1179Smalling enjoying partnership with Blind
Chris Smalling enjoys playing alongside Daley Blind at the heart of the Manchester United defence, and believes their partnership is key to the Reds' impressive defensive record.

Anthony Martial's second-half strike was enough to secure an invaluable 1-0 win over Everton at Old Trafford (http://www.manutd.com/en/Fixtures-And-Results/Match-Reports/2016/Apr/Match-report-Manchester-United-v-Everton-Barclays-Premier-League.aspx) on Sunday as Louis van Gaal's men kept a 15th clean sheet of the season (http://www.manutd.com/en/News-And-Features/Features/2016/Apr/United-top-of-Premier-League-clean-sheets-table-this-season.aspx), which is more than any other side in the Barclays Premier League in 2015/16.

While Smalling has earned plaudits for his rise to prominence, the England international spoke in glowing terms about his relationship with Blind and what his fellow centre-back offers to the team.

"We know we can rely on each other and whenever there’s a danger, it’s not a case of having to over-cover because you don’t trust your partner," Chris explains. "We trust each other fully. We have brought out the best in each other as the games have gone on, and we will do as the games continue to come.

"With each game and each performance, Daley has put any criticism to bed and he’s been one of the top centre-backs this season. Ever since he joined the club, he’s rarely been injured and he’s been able to achieve a very high consistency, be it in midfield or at centre-back. He’s a joy to play alongside.

"It’s great that he’s naturally a midfielder, but he’s got his passing range down to a tee and defensively he’s sound as well. He brings a lot to our defensive line in knowing that he can play the ball out and really cut through teams."

Smalling's own performances have seen him compared to his long-serving predecessor in the middle of United's defence, Rio Ferdinand, and that is something the defender is proud of.

"It’s nice to hear yourself being compared to a great player and it’s always great to hear, but I think everyone has got their own traits and their own way of playing," Smalling concedes. "But, if you’re being compared to good players, that’s a good thing - hopefully I can keep it going."


16-04-2016, 03:53 PM


Chris Smalling is set to register his 200th Manchester United appearance in the Barclays Premier League match against Aston Villa and the centre-back is proud of the milestone.

Signed from Fulham, Smalling began his Old Trafford career in the summer of 2010 and has gradually become more and more influential during the following six seasons, to the point where he is now one of Louis van Gaal’s stand-in captains and undoubtedly one of the very first names on the team-sheet.

The 26-year-old has been particularly excellent throughout this current campaign and has registered 47 appearances – which is his highest figure in a single term at United and almost a quarter of his total tally, which emphasises how consistent he has become at the heart of the defence.

Speaking to MUTV ahead of his 200th outing, Smalling was already looking forward to bigger and better achievements. “It's a great milestone and such a high number is a great achievement,” he said. “I am looking forward to the game and kicking on, and then making a bigger achievement.”

Reflecting on his sixth season, he continued: “Each year, you get used to your surroundings and playing with such good players, it just spurs you on to keep improving each day and to really contribute. I feel like am I really kicking on and I hope to keep playing, and to keep learning.”

Aston Villa will be relegated this afternoon if Norwich City can register at least a point from their match against Sunderland at lunchtime, or if they then lose to United at Old Trafford. Smalling admits he is surprised to see the Midlands club in such a predicament and on the brink of the drop.

“At the start of the season, I don't think anyone expected to see Aston Villa down at the bottom and to be so far adrift,” he says. “They are a club that has always had very good traditions and played Premier League football for a very long time. But I think it just goes to show how crazy this league has gone, it has been so unpredictable and anyone is vulnerable.”


Congrulation Smalling:shakehand:

21-04-2016, 10:26 AM
Chris Smalling tampak pincang seusai laga dinihari tadi. Namun ia memastikan dirinya akan fit ketika laga semifinal di Wembley melawan Everton, Sabtu esok.

Pertahanan United mencatatkan 17 clean sheet sepanjang 34 pertandingan.
"Rekor pertahanan adalah sesuatu yang membanggakan dan terutama setelah bermain dengan pola empat bek. Kami terus berjalan dan saling berbicara, karena kami tidak ingin kehilangan konsentrasi."

Semoga baik-baik saja small :-bd

21-04-2016, 12:16 PM
Doi gapapa kok, siap untuk semifinal FA Cup...

Chris Smalling provides update on injury

Chris Smalling has provided a boost for Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal by confirming he will be fit for the Emirates FA Cup semi-final, after limping through the closing stages of Wednesday’s 2-0 win over Crystal Palace.

The defender, who has been outstanding this term, flew into a sliding challenge as the Reds were wrapping up a comfortable Barclays Premier League victory at Old Trafford, but worryingly emerged with an apparent injury that could have harmed his chances of featuring against Everton on Saturday.

However, while speaking to MUTV (http://www.manutd.com/mutv) after the final whistle, Smalling thankfully revealed he should be okay. “Yeah I’ll be fine,” said Chris. “It was just a 50/50 and he caught me after, but it's nothing serious.”

The England international enjoyed a comfortable evening against the Eagles, who seemed willing to sit back and frustrate the Reds, and when the visitors did come forward, United's defence held firm for a 17th clean sheet in 34 league games this season, a stat that delighted Smalling.

"The defensive record is something we're proud of as a team, and especially as a back four, because that's our job, it's nice to get another clean sheet," he added. "We keep each other in line and keep talking, because we don't want our concentration to slip."

The result caps off a pleasing week for United, who kept themselves in the hunt for a top-four place with wins over Palace and Aston Villa, as well as setting up an FA Cup semi-final clash against Everton at Wembley, and Smalling was quick to acknowledge the progress made in the last seven days.

"I think we've done exactly what we've needed to do, and it's about having City and Arsenal looking over their shoulder, and we've put a bit more pressure on," he said. "Now we look forward to Saturday."


22-04-2016, 07:37 AM


Chris Smalling is relishing the prospect of a trip to Wembley on Saturday for the Emirates FA Cup semi-final against Everton and says confidence is high in the Manchester United squad after three wins in a row.

After beating West Ham United in the cup last week to reach the last-four stage, the Reds have sealed back-to-back Barclays Premier League victories over Aston Villa and Crystal Palace.

Smalling featured in another solid defensive display on Wednesday night and with United's attack also looking potent against Palace, it's little wonder that the centre-back and his team-mates are eagerly anticipating Saturday's trip to the national stadium.

"I'm looking forward to it because it's going to be a great occasion," said Smalling, who has played in three Wembley victories for United, all in the Community Shield.

"Hopefully we can do the job against Everton and get back there for a second visit [for the final]."

While Palace boss Alan Pardew made several changes to his side for Wednesday's game, no doubt with one eye on his own semi-final clash with Watford on Sunday, Smalling started in a strong United side and Louis van Gaal's selection was vindicated as the Reds triumphed 2-0 at a canter.

"It was a comfortable win," said the defender, who confirmed his fitness after an injury concern. "I think we controlled the game from the start to the finish and we created a lot of chances, so we've got a good feeling going into Saturday."

United will be aided in the quest to reach the club's first FA Cup final since 2007 by the return of several first-team players from injury, with Wayne Rooney being the most recent player to rejoin the fold. Smalling says the extra bodies are a boost and believes the manager will welcome more options.

"A lot of the lads have been coming back into the team in the last couple of games, and everyone's getting fitter," he added on MUTV. "The manager's now in a great position to pick a strong team, and hopefully one that is ready to go out there and do the job on Saturday."


Andi Istiabudi
24-04-2016, 10:48 AM
Untung United menang dan akhirnya lolos ke final FA cup.
Kalau tidak, wah bisa dikritik habis-habisan nih si Smalling meskipun sebenarnya dia cuma salah antisipasi bola ;)

Andi Istiabudi
07-05-2016, 07:36 AM


For many footballers, this stage of the season may almost be seen as a winding-down process but, for Chris Smalling, the opposite is certainly true. The newly-crowned Players' Player of the Year tells MUTV he is feeling as fit as ever and is determined to help the Reds finish the season on a high in the league and FA Cup...

Firstly, how proud were you to win the Players’ Player of the Year award earlier this week?
It’s a huge honour to win it, especially to get it from the people you work with every day and you see putting in so much hard work too. To have that recognised is a great achievement.

We spoke to you on the awards night about your thoughts on winning it, but has it properly sunk in over the last few days?
Yes, it does give you that good feeling when you know your team-mates have voted for you.

Has it made you realise how far you’ve come in the last 12 to 18 months?
Yes, I think it has and it shows that the hard work I’ve been putting in has been recognised and I’m looking forward to finishing the season strongly.

How do you look back on your time here since you joined in 2010?
I can’t believe how long it’s been since I joined actually. It’s over five years now and it’s flown by. I’ve had lots of good memories in that time.

It’s often said how players come into their prime in their late 20s – it must be nice to win an award as you enter what will hopefully be your best spell?
Definitely. I feel very confident and, as you say, it’s a great age to really kick on and show the world what you can do.

This season, the defensive side of the team has been very impressive with the number of clean sheets we've kept?
It has. As a team, we’ve defended very well and given away very few chances. Throughout the season, the team have worked very hard together and tactically we’re very hard to break down.

Looking ahead to Saturday’s trip to Norwich – they might be struggling in the league but, like us, they need the points which makes them difficult and dangerous opponents doesn’t it?
It does. We know we have a lot to play for and so have they. It’s not a dead rubber, it’s a match where both teams will be under pressure and we’ll have to break them down. Then again, they’re at home and will want to win the game so hopefully that will play into our hands as well.

They’re desperate to finish at least fourth from bottom and you’re desperate to be fourth from top!
Yes, that’s right! When you put it like that, you can see how much there is to play for, for both teams, which should make a good game. One point for us both isn’t enough.

Have you been surprised with how tight it is at both ends of the table?
It’s just one of those seasons when things have been so unexpected, especially at the top where there are so many teams and Leicester who fully deserve to be champions. It’s been very competitive at the top and at the bottom, you know how tight it is, and the outcome at both ends might come down to the last game of the season.

What have you made of Leicester’s achievement and such an underdog winning the title in the way they have?
It’s been amazing. You get underdogs who might win the odd cup tie as anything can happen on the day but, when an underdog wins the title and fully deserves to win it over a long season, it does make you think anything is possible.

Going back to Norwich, it seems like the scrap to survive changes every week so you'll be expecting them to fight for everything?
Yes. I think the difference between one point and three points is massive at this time of the season. Depending on results, you can jump up one or two places or find yourself dropping down a couple every week down at the bottom of the table. It’s just so tight to call given how unpredictable it is.

It could end up being a special year for you personally when you think of how well you’ve played this season, winning this week’s award, and an FA Cup final and Euro 2016 to come…
Yes. We’d like to have been higher in the league, but we’ve still got a lot to fight for in the league and have the Cup final as well and the Euros with England potentially in the summer. There is so much to play for so it’s not about winding down, it’s about kicking on.

With that in mind, how much are you already looking forward to next season and kicking on and trying to help push United up the table?
I’m very much looking forward to that. At the moment, I don’t want the season to end, I want to keep playing games and keep improving because I’m enjoying myself.


Andi Istiabudi
09-05-2016, 12:54 AM


Chris Smalling admitted that results take precedence over performances at this late stage of the season after Manchester United edged past Norwich City on Saturday.

The defender was solid at the back as Juan Mata’s second-half strike proved the difference in the 1-0 win at Carrow Road to keep the Reds firmly in the race for a top-four finish and Champions League qualification.

He told MUTV: “When we came out for the warm-up before the game we said no matter what happens out there we make sure we come back with three points and I’m sure Norwich would have said the same. Three points is all that matters at this stage.”

The Reds lost Anthony Martial to injury in the warm-up and Matteo Darmian early on in the game but Smalling felt the team coped well in their absence.

“I think it’s not easy because Anthony has been terrific for us all season and a real match winner for us up front. The players who came in did well and it was a much better second-half performance.”

United improved after the break and secured all three points when Mata slotted home from Wayne Rooney’s lay-off in the 72nd minute – and Smalling was glad the chance fell to the Spaniard.

“If you’re going to pick one or two guys in the team for it to fall to, Mata is one of them because he only needs one chance and he took it well,” he said.

The Reds have now kept 18 clean sheets in the Barclays Premier League this season - half of the team's 36 games so far - and Smalling is proud of that strong defensive record.

“I think we’ve done so well with the number of clean sheets as a team. I think when you get to the last 10 minutes it’s about sticking together and making sure we hang on because we know how important it is.”

The United players now turn their attention to Sunday’s crucial match between Manchester City and Arsenal, with Smalling hoping the outcome will give the Reds the chance to secure fourth place with wins in their final two league games against West Ham and Bournemouth.

He added: “We can all recover tomorrow and watch the City-Arsenal game. If that goes in our favour, then it’s down to us with two big games next week. Hopefully we can do the job if the result is the right one for us tomorrow. We all know what result we’d rather have!”


Andi Istiabudi
07-06-2016, 10:42 AM


The world was saddened when it was announced on Saturday that boxing legend Muhammad Ali had died, and several Manchester United players have paid tribute to the American icon.

Adnan Januzaj, Anthony Martial, Ashley Young, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Memphis Depay and Morgan Schneiderlin were among the Reds who expressed their shock at the news.

Chris Smalling has previously discussed his love of Ali and the imposing centre-back was among the first to react on Twitter, when he posted a photo of a framed picture (above) that he has hanging at home with the quote: “He who is not courageous enough to take risks will achieve nothing in life.”

Back in December 2015, during an interview with ManUtd.com, Smalling was asked to identify his greatest sportsman outside of football and he explained why he is continually inspired by Ali, the famed heavyweight champion of the world whose influence exceeded the mere boundaries of sport.

“There are lots to name, but I’m a big fan of Muhammad Ali,” Chris said. “I have got a few pictures of his quotes around my house as well. He always backed himself. You can be overconfident, but he could back it up and he had that belief. That was somebody who was really at the top of his game.”

A number of United players posted photos of Ali and quote graphics that encapsulated his career, while others wrote personal tributes. Schweinsteiger tweeted this message on Saturday: “One of the greatest athletes ever born. May you rest in peace. Your legacy will live on.”


30-06-2016, 01:16 PM
Pulang dari euro katanya smalling lagi di bali liburan

30-06-2016, 02:54 PM
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01-07-2016, 03:48 AM
Gimana Ndra, ketemu?:D

Andi Istiabudi
01-07-2016, 04:54 PM
Tahun lalu De Gea, tahun ini Smalling.
Tahun depan siapa lagi yach pemain United yang ke Bali ? :D

04-07-2016, 08:11 PM
Bola.net - Manchester United akhirnya memberikan konfirmasi resmi terkait kondisi pemain belakang andalannya Chris Smalling yang dilaporkan mendapatkan cedera saat berlibur di Bali.
Dilansir dari situs resmi klub, Smalling mengalami keracunan pada makanan yang disantapnya selama berlibur di Pulau Dewata. Namun, kondisi pemain berusia 26 tahun ini secara umum baik-baik saja dan kini sudah mulai merasa normal.

"Manchester United mengkonfirmasi bahwa Chris Smalling telah mengalami keracunan makanan selama berlibur yang mengakibatkan ia pingsan pada hari Minggu (3/7)," tulis pernyataan resmi MU.

"Bek 26 tahun itu dibawa ke rumah sakit dan sekarang merasa baik-baik saja," tambahnya.

Smalling saat ini sedang menikmati liburan di Bali pasca membela Inggris di Euro 2016. Ia dijadwalkan akan kembali bergabung dengan MU pada akhir bulan Juli ini. Setumpuk agen pra musim sudah menunggunya saat bergabung dengan MU.

Sebelum konfirmasi ini diberikan, mantan pemain Fulham ini sempat diduga mengalami kecelakaan saat belajar berselancar, cedera karena jatuh di kamar mandi hotel dan tersengat ubur-ubur. (man/asa)

Serius ni?

04-07-2016, 09:36 PM

Gws Smalling :DB-)
Lain kali hati-hati haha

Andi Istiabudi
04-07-2016, 10:40 PM
Wah kebangetan banget tuh, lagi terbaring sakit masih ditodong tanda-tangan... :(

04-07-2016, 10:52 PM
Wah kebangetan banget tuh, lagi terbaring sakit masih ditodong tanda-tangan... :(

Kalo performa Smalling nanti menurun, yg minta foto2 atau tanda tangan layak diberi ucapan selamat. Hahaha.. 😂😂

Andi Istiabudi
04-07-2016, 11:13 PM
Jadi penasaran, makanan apa yach yang bikin Smalling keracunan di Bali ???

04-07-2016, 11:16 PM

Manchester United can clarify Chris Smalling has had food poisoning during his holiday which resulted in him fainting on Sunday.

The 26-year-old defender was taken to the hospital and is now feeling fine.

Smalling is currently on vacation in Bali following his time with England at Euro 2016 before reporting back for pre-season training later this month.

Chris would like to thank everyone for their well wishes.


05-07-2016, 12:35 AM
Sepertinya yg bener cedera pas main surfing, masa keracunan makanan tapi beredar foto alis matanya sobek cukup parah gitu? Berita keracunan buat kamuflase aja imo

Andi Istiabudi
05-07-2016, 08:02 AM
Sepertinya yg bener cedera pas main surfing, masa keracunan makanan tapi beredar foto alis matanya sobek cukup parah gitu? Berita keracunan buat kamuflase aja imo

Keracunan makanan sehingga wajahnya gatal lalu digaruk hingga alis matanya sobek, hehehe... :D

05-07-2016, 01:12 PM
Kalo ngeri jangan di liat :D

05-07-2016, 02:42 PM
Sepertinya yg bener cedera pas main surfing, masa keracunan makanan tapi beredar foto alis matanya sobek cukup parah gitu? Berita keracunan buat kamuflase aja imo

Dari path Bli Dein :
Yang bisa saya pastikan adalah emang benar keracunan makanan

Soal kasus keracunan makanan di Bali sudah biasa, keracunan disini bukannya krn makanannya beracun tapi krn daya tahan perut berbeda , ini sering terbukti kenapa hanya salah satu oknum aja yg keok, sedangkan yg lain sehat walafiat

Banyak makanan tradisional Bali yg hardcore bagi perut bule tapi biasa aja bagi orang Bali

Soal codet itu gak mau saya jelaskan disini krn penjelasan dari pihak RS bersifat rahasia pasien yg perlu dilindungi privasinya

Terima kasih

Andi Istiabudi
05-07-2016, 11:47 PM
Ya terlepas dari apapun penyebab Smalling dirawat, mari kita doakan agar dirinya cepat sembuh dan pulih :)

Andi Istiabudi
12-07-2016, 12:25 AM
Pas tur Asia nanti jangan salah makan lagi yach :P



Chris Smalling feels Manchester United's players must start as they mean to go on by achieving strong pre-season performances before heading into the 2016/17 campaign.

The Reds have lined up several preparation matches this summer, including two in China as part of Tour 2016, presented by Aon; Jose Mourinho's men will take on Borussia Dortmund in Shanghai on 22 July and then Manchester City in Beijing three days later.

Smalling was on last year's pre-season trip to the United States and has enjoyed an impressive 12 months for club and country since then, even if England's involvement at Euro 2016 was ultimately disappointing.

The man named Players' Player of the Year by his club colleagues in May recently spoke to ManUtd.com about the importance of starting on the front foot in Asia where Dortmund and City await.

"The tour is going to be a great test and it’s great to be able to play high-calibre teams," said Smalling.

"From the off, we want to get up to that standard where we are dominating the very best of teams, so it’s good to be playing them so early on in our pre-season programme."

The defender is also looking forward to other aspects of the trip to China, including the opportunity to meet some of the club's many passionate and loyal fans in the country.

"I remember when we went to Asia a few years ago, the reception you get there is something quite unreal," Smalling added.

"We're looking forward to meeting the fans, especially the die-hard fans that we don’t get to see every week. We get to speak to them on social media, but being able to go over and see them outside our hotel or at training sessions and wherever we are when we're there is brilliant. It gives us a great feeling, and to be able to go back and enjoy the beautiful cities also means it’s going to be a special trip."


15-07-2016, 02:34 PM
Gimana Ndra, ketemu?:D

Belum, Insya Alloh akhir pekan ini ketemu..
Bismillah berhasil ya.. :)
Smalling menyusul Pramusim di Asia..
Flight nya DPS-SNG dulu baru SNG-BKK (Bangkok)

15-07-2016, 02:39 PM
Ya terlepas dari apapun penyebab Smalling dirawat, mari kita doakan agar dirinya cepat sembuh dan pulih :)

halah.. cuma codet gitu aja.. hahaha.. sehat sehat.. udah bisa naik mobil jalan jalan gitu.. :P

17-07-2016, 10:07 PM
Belum, Insya Alloh akhir pekan ini ketemu..
Bismillah berhasil ya.. :)
Smalling menyusul Pramusim di Asia..
Flight nya DPS-SNG dulu baru SNG-BKK (Bangkok)

Akhirnya ketemu juga haha..
Share di forum dong fotonya :P

18-07-2016, 11:12 PM
Akhirnya ketemu juga haha..
Share di forum dong fotonya :P

Alhamdulillah sudah ketemu.. :)

17-09-2016, 08:13 PM


Jose Mourinho is set to revert to his strongest XI for Sunday’s difficult Premier League match at Watford, but will his team at Vicarage Road include centre-back Chris Smalling?

The 26-year-old defender made his first start of the season in Thursday’s Europa League match against Feyenoord and performed admirably as part of a much-changed side at De Kuip, despite the Reds eventually losing 1-0 to Tonny Vilhena’s controversial winner that had more than a hint of offside about it.

In isolation, Smalling's display in Rotterdam might not be enough to convince Mourinho to break up Eric Bailly and Daley Blind, a partnership which started the FA Community Shield win at Wembley Stadium and all four Premier League fixtures prior to the manager making eight changes on Thursday. But the England international's performance emphasised his credentials and gave the boss a question to answer.

It must have been a peculiar feeling for Smalling to play for his place in the side (in the short term, at least) following what was unquestionably his finest season at United on a personal level. He was, after all, a guaranteed starter throughout 2015/16 and finished the campaign on 55 appearances in all competitions, a tally that was only beaten by Blind’s similarly impressive count of 56.

The former Fulham defender had finally realised the unquestionable potential that fans had recognised since his arrival in 2010, emerging as a genuine first-team star by ridding himself of the injuries that had beset his early years with the Reds. He was colossal and, in a telling nod of recognition, took home the Players’ Player of the Year trophy on the club’s annual awards night, beating off stiff competition from serial winner David De Gea and 17-goal top scorer Anthony Martial. It was much-deserved, too.

A run of bad luck then provided a fresh challenge for our towering number 12. He didn’t feature in the pre-season tour of China due to his involvement with England at Euro 2016, which allowed Bailly and Blind to strike up their fruitful alliance. A slight injury then kept him out of the Community Shield success over Leicester City before suspension prevented him from featuring at Bournemouth in the first league game of the season - his punishment for receiving a red card in last season’s FA Cup final victory.

With Bailly collecting awards like Pokémon and Blind also rightly earning a nomination for our Player of the Month prize, Smalling was suddenly out of the team and facing a fresh challenge in his career.

Chris must now hope he can impress Mourinho and win back his starting berth on a permanent basis, which provides a fascinating sub-plot in defence as the manager continues to mould his new United team. The positive is that the boss has high-quality competition for places in such an important part of his line-up and that can surely only benefit his plans this season.


20-09-2016, 02:22 PM
Chris Smalling can be a key player for Manchester United again, says Nemanja Vidic

* Chris Smalling made his first start of the season against Watford
* The England defender has fallen down the pecking order at Old Trafford
* But Nemanja Vidic says he can still become a key player for United
* Vidic likes 'defenders who defend', rather than ball-playing centre-backs

Chris Smalling can still be a key defender for Manchester United, according to former centre-half Nemanja Vidic.

Smalling made his first league start on Sunday in the defeat by Watford, having fallen behind Eric Bailly and Daley Blind in the United pecking order, and struggled in the 3-1 reverse, almost giving away a goal in a collision with goalkeeper David de Gea.

But Vidic insists he can return to the form that saw him become a key player under Louis van Gaal.

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The Manchester United defender struggled during the 3-1 defeat, but will improve says Vidic

'I still believe in Chris Smalling,' Vidic told Four Four Two. 'He did well last season and he can improve and do better. He has the mentality to defend, and the physical size to do it. He likes to defend. With a good partner he can be even better.'

The Serbian, who retired this year after finishing his career at Inter Milan, admitted that defending has changed since he became a dominant force at the back for United.

But the five-time Premier League champion insisted that he likes 'defenders to defend' rather than seeing midfielders drafted in at the back.

'Football is changing, with Barcelona being the best example of that. Midfielders play as centre-backs. But if you face Barcelona then you are playing against a team who will always attack,'

'Even at United, though, Daley Blind and Michael Carrick play as defenders. Left-backs can play as central defenders. That wouldn't happen before.

'Is the game changing or are there not enough defenders? I'm not sure. Do we want defenders any more? Some managers don't know what they want.

'I know what I like: defenders to defend. Defenders bring balance to a team and having too many non-defenders can lose that.


26-09-2016, 03:56 PM
Smalling: Our high tempo will hurt teams

Chris Smalling believes opposition teams will not be able to live with Manchester United if the Reds can reproduce the same tempo shown in Saturday's 4-1 win over Premier League champions Leicester City.

Smalling opened the scoring against the Foxes with a towering header after just 22 minutes, before further goals from Juan Mata, Marcus Rashford and a first senior goal from Paul Pogba effectively put the game to bed before the break.

The 26-year-old defender feels the impressive first period is something his side should try to repeat as the quest for consistency continues.

"If we can start games with that tempo there won’t be many teams that can live with us," Smalling told reporters after the match.

"I think when we start the game like that, you can see everyone is on the front foot and you can see the urgency. We could have had more goals I think in that first half and playing on the front foot benefits us all.

"By winning games and dominating games like that, I think everyone gets their confidence back and you could see we really put that game to bed in the first half and hopefully there is more of that to come because everyone really enjoyed that.

"It's now about finding that consistency so we stay at the top end of the table. We don’t want any more blips, hopefully we have had our last blip for quite a while now."

Smalling suggested pre-match words from United manager Jose Mourinho had the desired effect by inspiring the players.

"The boss really wanted to get the enjoyment factor across," Smalling continued. "He stressed how there is 70-odd thousand people in the stands who want to be in our shoes and in his shoes. It's a case of realising how lucky we are and how we should go out there and enjoy it. You can see that everyone did enjoy it and the message clearly did get across."

The win over the Foxes was even more crucial following Premier League defeats to Manchester City and Watford and a Europa League loss to Feyenoord and the central defender believes the Reds have moved on from those disappointments and can now look to build on the win with two further home games fast approaching.

"There was a lot of talk about us needing to turn the situation around because we obviously had a bad week with the three results," Smalling added. "We could only show we have moved on by doing it on the pitch and I thought that first half was a great performance and really gave us a marker.

"You try and shut out the negatives, but we all know as players that we are a lot better than we showed in those defeats. We have tried to improve each day and hopefully we can now take this into the two big games coming up, both at home, and hopefully put on a show."

Smalling skippered the side in the absence of Wayne Rooney, who started the game on the substitutes' bench, and the stand-in had some specific praise for the club captain.

"He is our captain, he is one of our main players and there is no doubt that he has got a big part to play," Smalling commented.

"He is often the most vocal in the dressing room and he was the same today. Regardless of the situation, whether he is on the bench or playing, he is always the same character and that is why he is England’s main man and our main man.

"I think he is a very experienced guy and he has played that many games it is only a matter of time before he is back in there and firing again because he is quality."


Semoga bisa tetap menjaga permainan yg baik seperti kemarin :-bd

Andi Istiabudi
03-10-2016, 07:15 PM


Chris Smalling believes his centre-back partnership with Eric Bailly will get "stronger and stronger" following an encouraging start at the heart of Manchester United's defence.

Smalling missed the start of the season because of a slight injury and a one-match suspension, which meant he only made his first start against Feyenoord on 15 September. However, since then, the England international has been a constant presence in Jose Mourinho's team alongside summer signing Bailly.

Speaking to MUTV last week, ahead of the 1-1 draw with Stoke City, Smalling assessed his flourishing alliance with the Ivorian recruit. “The more games we play together, the more we’re getting used to one another,” Chris said. “As defenders we need to be vocal and he’s getting a lot stronger at that, with his English really improving. He’s very physically imposing as well and really easy to play alongside.

“We’ve got certain calls and certain words which he, and any foreign player that comes in, can understand, no matter if his English is advanced or not,” Chris continued. “It’s about developing that, and the more games we get together I think we’ll get stronger and stronger.”

Since making his debut for the club against Leicester City in the Community Shield, Bailly has endeared himself to the United faithful with a number of combative displays. His performances have even led to a comparison with another colossal Reds defender in the form of club legend Nemanja Vidic.

“Nemanja was one of those defenders who was very aggressive, very dominant and took no nonsense,” Smalling told MUTV. “Eric plays the same way. He can go through a tackle and he doesn’t take risks. If it needs to go, it goes! You can see the similarities there and I expect Eric to have many good years here.”


Andi Istiabudi
16-10-2016, 09:43 AM


Chris Smalling has no doubt that the trip to Liverpool is the one when it comes to Manchester United and there is no better place than Anfield to win.

The defender, who has been captaining the Reds of late, is aware of the challenge the in-form Merseysiders will pose on Monday but is fully aware of the supporters' desire to make it five Premier League victories in a row over the club's fiercest rivals.

"Yeah, it is the one," Smalling told MUTV. "Even when I first joined up here, they all mentioned that obviously you know about City and United. But Liverpool - this is the one. With the way the rivalry has brewed over the years because it's been so competitive, it was stressed to me and especially the new lads now how important this fixture is.

"They have always been tough games. I think even in the last one [in January], they probably played far better than us but we took our chance. We know they're a high-pressing team and we're not going to get much time on the ball, so we need to be prepared for that.

"It's not easy, especially for us defenders, because they make it very difficult for us to play out. Quite often, against some teams, we can be quite relaxed and have a lot of the ball but Liverpool are a high-energy pressing team and, even when you win it back, they can be at their most dangerous, as they're right at you. If you don't move it on, you're going to get tackled. It's a very difficult job for us midfielders and defenders to make sure we dictate the play.

"All week, we'll be working on tactics and quite often, in the first 15 minutes, the plans can go right out of the window until the game settles down," he added. "It's one of those where we must keep a cool head and implement our game plan to exert pressure on them."

Smalling appreciates the rarefied atmosphere in front of an increased capacity at Anfield will add to the sense of occasion for both teams.

"It is intense," he said. "It's 100 miles per hour. It's one of those where the manager has stressed again this week we need to keep our emotions in check because even players who haven't been at United long know how important this fixture is. It's about controlling our emotions and keeping all our men on the pitch. It's a game where I think you need to play to your maximum.

"Quite often on the pitch, you're trying to call to the midfielders to say there is a man there but it's so loud and the atmosphere is so alive, it's just your blood flowing through your body that makes it hard to control those emotions."

The classy centre-back was asked if there is any better place to win as a Manchester United player. "No," he replied. "There's definitely not. I've been lucky enough to win there a couple of times and it's a great feeling when you make all those fans happy as we've done our jobs and can go back to Manchester with a smile on our faces."


Andi Istiabudi
19-10-2016, 01:52 AM


A mixture of suspension and injury meant Chris Smalling began this season on the bench, yet the Manchester United defender has since become a regular starter under Jose Mourinho and he is now relishing the responsibility of captaining the team in Wayne Rooney’s absence.

Smalling produced a disciplined performance as the Reds kept a clean sheet against high-scoring Liverpool at Anfield on Monday night. Speaking to ManUtd.com and reporters after the final whistle, the England international explained why he feels the captaincy has a positive impact on his form.

“I am really enjoying it and I think it is nice that the manager puts that on me,” Smalling explains. “It doesn’t really change my game going on the pitch but it is a nice touch that, in crucial moments in the game, the team will look to me. You need to make sure that, if anything, it makes your own performances rise because I don’t want to be the captain putting in an under-par performance.

“It gives me more responsibility and I like to think that I thrive on that. When given the opportunity, I like it. Even without it, in terms of the defence, I am one who has played more games and we aren’t an old defence so it was time for someone to step in there and be that leader. I am enjoying it.”

Having watched from the bench as Daley Blind and Eric Bailly impressed at centre-back early in the campaign, Smalling has now started in seven straight matches and he’s feeling stronger each time.

“From a personal point of view I missed all of the pre-season games and it is nice to now get a fine run,” says Chris. “I am feeling fitter and fresher every game. I think you can tell the defence is a lot more compact. There is no God-given right that you are going to come back into the team but I had faith that when I was fit then I would get back in. I had that belief that I would.”

One of United’s star performers at Liverpool was David De Gea following his excellent saves to deny Emre Can and Philippe Coutinho. It was the perfect way for the Spaniard to bounce back from the rare mistake that he made in the preceding Premier League game against Stoke City at Old Trafford.

“We all knew after the Stoke game that it was a rarity,” says Smalling. “David doesn’t make many mistakes. Even when he didn’t have too much to do until 70 minutes [at Liverpool], he was the right man in the right place. There aren’t many goalkeepers who could have saved both of those chances.

“You can’t let one mistake affect you and you don’t want it to bring you down all week. David was still the same [after Stoke], he trained the same and he will always be there when we need him.”


19-10-2016, 09:11 AM
Manchester United defender Chris Smalling insists Jose Mourinho's men weren't troubled by rivals Liverpool: 'We were comfortable for 70 minutes'

* Liverpool and Manchester United drew 0-0 at Anfield on Monday night
* Chris Smalling says his side weren't troubled by Jurgen Klopp's men
* United defender believes Jose Mourinho's game plan worked well
*Smalling admits he is feeling fit and fresh following a run of matches

Chris Smalling has given a withering assessment of Liverpool's title credentials and insisted they never gave Manchester United a moment's worry during the Anfield stalemate.

Jurgen Klopp's side failed to score at home for only the second time in 18 Premier League games on Monday night, with David de Gea producing two stunning saves to ensure the visitors left with a point.

But despite the Spaniard coming to United's rescue after the break, Smalling believes the hosts failed to live up to their billing as one of the division's most exciting and effective attacking sides.

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Manchester United defender Chris Smalling (left) tussles with Adam Lallana on Monday night

Asked whether he and his team-mates had been troubled by Daniel Sturridge and Co, Smalling said: 'To be honest, no.

'Up until the last 20 minutes when we sat a little bit deeper than we would have liked, but until 70 minutes we were comfortable and we had a good start and the crowd started to turn on them.

'There was a lot of talk about how Liverpool play and they have started the season quite well and scoring a lot of goals but we knew if we were compact and stifled them the crowd could turn and they did. We played our game plan.'

United started the opening period brightly but ultimately left Anfield content with a point after rarely threatening Loris Karius' goal in the second half.

'I think it was a fair result,' Smalling added. 'In the first half we were on top of them. For about 60-70 minutes we felt very comfortable and then David (De Gea) made two very good saves. I think the draw was fair.

'The manager didn't say too much afterwards but I think if could maybe have pushed a little bit more in the final third to get the goal.

'But considering the week we have ahead of us it is not a bad result to start it off.

'The fixtures we have got this week I think we can make it a turning point in our season. We have got a clean sheet here and that is something we have not had in a few games so we can kick on now on Thursday and Sunday. Our confidence is good.'

With Wayne Rooney on the bench, Smalling was named captain for Monday's trip to Merseyside and he admits it is a role he relishes.

'I missed all the pre-season games so it has been nice to get a run of games and I am feeling fitter and fresher every game,' he said.

'I think you can tell at the back we are a lot more compact.

'There is no God-given right that you come straight back into the side but I had faith that I could get back into the side when I was fit. I had the belief I would.

'It is nice that the manager has given me the responsibility of being captain. It doesn't change my game on the pitch but it is a nice touch. In crucial moments in the game the team will look to you and you have to make sure you are up to it.

'You have to make sure you are up to it because you don't want to be a captain who is putting in an under-par performance.

'I like to think I thrive in it. I like it. I was ready for that responsibility. In our defence I am the one who has played the most games these days.

'We are not an old defence and it was time for someone to step in there and become a leader and hopefully I am doing that.'


Andi Istiabudi
23-11-2016, 05:56 AM
Sama dengan Fellaini yang juga ultah ke-29 kemarin, Happy Birthday yach !!! #telatngucapin (http://www.unitedindonesia.org/forum/usertag.php?do=list&action=hash&hash=telatngucapin)
Semoga panjang umur, sukses bersama United dan cederanya segera pulih serta tidak kapok datang ke Bali lagi :D


Andi Istiabudi
20-12-2016, 07:42 AM


After missing 12 matches, Chris Smalling returned to action when he came on for the closing minutes of Manchester United's controlled 2-0 away win over West Bromwich Albion.

Earlier this season, the accomplished centre-back was the subject of this 'Football and Me' interview for United Review, the official match programme, in which he revealed his choice for the greatest defender ever to grace the game, pinpointed the career moment he'd most like to revisit and recalled the first match he attended as a child...

Who is the best defender of all time?
I always liked Paolo Maldini. He has been the one. Obviously, I’ve not had the chance to watch him live but I’ve seen many of his games and clips of him in action over the years and he had a great career.

If you could go back and relive one moment from your career what would it be?
The moment when I lifted the Premier League trophy for the first time [in May 2011]. I'd freeze that moment in time, and savour it, really take it in.

Which was the first game you ever attended?
The first game I ever attended was Gillingham against Bradford. Gillingham were my local club at the time and my mum’s friend got tickets for my brother and I. I can’t remember how old I was but I was quite young and it was my first proper game. Going into the stadium with all those fans around us, the atmosphere, was something my brother and I have not forgotten.

Can you recall the first match you ever played in?
Going way back, my very first team was Walderslade Boys, probably their Under-8s. I can’t remember who we played against but there was a pitch we could walk to and from, just half a mile from the road we lived.

Would you rather make a match-winning tackle or score a match-winning goal?
It’s going to have to be a match-winning goal. As much as I like to defend and last-ditch tackles are almost like goals, they aren’t goals. There is no better feeling than to score and celebrate afterwards.

Who is English football's greatest-ever player?
It’s a tough one. Going from what I can remember, it’s probably Paul Scholes because I grew up watching him and then had the opportunity to play with him. You could just see what a tremendous player he was so I’d have to opt for Paul Scholes.


Andi Istiabudi
29-12-2016, 11:00 PM


Manchester United centre-back Chris Smalling discusses shirts, boots, shinpads and his personal matchday preferences in our 'Kit Talk' interview...

Why do you wear things a certain way, such as long sleeves?
I prefer to wear a long base-layer underneath my kit in pretty much all weathers. In pre-season, if it’s too hot, I probably won’t but, in general, I like to wear that. It’s just something that makes me feel comfortable. I prefer longer sleeves. I wouldn’t really tuck in my shirt, it would feel a bit restricted. I like to keep that loose. The layer underneath my kit makes me feel really comfortable, though.

Do you have any pre-match routines or superstitions?
I don't have many routines, although I always put my left sock and left shinpad on first - I put my shinpads on after my warm-up. In terms of superstitions, I’m not really a superstitious guy. Otherwise, you can drive yourself crazy if you have too many.

Have you ever done anything out of the ordinary and had a good result and thought ‘I might do that again’?
Not really, I don’t think so. I think a few other players have that but, as I say, it can drive you crazy if you’ve got to remember to do something every time. I’m not into that.

Do you ever change your shirt or other parts of your kit at half-time?
Yes. I will take my base-layer off, as well as my top, and get new ones of those. I keep my shorts and socks on and redo my laces just so they’re extra tight for the second half.

Some players prefer to wear snug-fitting boots. Is that the case for you?
I do, I have them particularly tight. I had them personalised, actually. My brand of boots are generally quite a wide fit and I’ve got narrow feet so they brought them in for me a little bit. They are very tight but I don’t like my feet moving inside the boots so it's the tighter the better for me.

So did they send in someone to measure your feet specially?
Yes, they came to the training ground and took mould fittings of my feet. They saved those measurements and use them each time they bring out a new boot. It's nice and easy and we’re very lucky to have that service.

Do you have multiple pairs of boots or just the one pair?
I’ve got quite a few. I have a moulded pair that I tend to wear mostly in training if it’s not too wet. Then I half-moulded and half-studded for all weather really that I wear most of the time. I also have an all-studded version as well but, more often than not, especially in games, I tend to wear the mix of moulds and studs. They tend to tick all the boxes, no matter what the conditions.

Do you have a new kit for every game or do you wear the same shirt sometimes?
I don’t think it’s a new one every time. Some players take their shirts after every game so I imagine someone like Daley , who takes his shirt home after every game, would get a new one each time. I only tend to take them home after a memorable moment – if I’ve scored or something has happened in the game, maybe a big result like a win against Liverpool or something. I take the shirt home then but, more often than not, I give it back. The laundry staff wash it and you wear it again.

[B]Is there a rule about not swapping shirts with your opponents?
Not really, we’ve never been told you can’t swap your shirt at the end of the game. If I know someone on the other team, they might come up and ask me to swap. You can do it if you want.

Have you kept any special shirts over the years?
I’ve not got any framed yet but I’ve kept a few. Some from the derbies – my very first derby when Wazza scored that unbelievable goal. I kept that one and I’ve got my England debut. I’ve got a few other shirts myself. I’ve got Neymar’s at home after a friendly at Wembley. So I’ve got a few. One day, I’ll make a nice wall and frame them but I’m just collecting them on hangers in the wardrobe until I finish my career. Then I’ll look at it that way and it’ll be nice to get a little collection of shirts.

Do any of the players have personalised shinpads? I think our former players Wes Brown and John O'Shea had drawings from their children on theirs...
Yes, some of the players here have personalised ones with their kids’ names or pictures of the family for example. It’s a nice touch and something I might look into because they look very nice. But at the moment, I’ve just got my standard shinpads that I’ve had for a while.

Which is your favourite United shirt from your time at the club?
I think the white away one that we had last season. We wore it as an all-white kit [with white shorts and socks] sometimes and because I like white, I think it looked really smart.

Maybe it’s because you’ve also played for Fulham and England…
It's true - maybe that stuck with me! I really liked that white shirt from last season with its little red features. It’s one of my favourites and I’ve kept one of those shirts so I can remember it.


Andi Istiabudi
12-01-2017, 06:46 PM


Chris Smalling believes the Manchester United players' confidence could not be higher ahead of facing historic Premier League rivals Liverpool at Old Trafford on Sunday.

The Reds secured an important 2-0 win over Hull City in the EFL Cup semi-final first leg on Tuesday night thanks to goals from Juan Mata and substitute Marouane Fellaini, meaning the team has now won nine consecutive matches and is also unbeaten in 15 fixtures across all competitions.

United's attention has now turned to Sunday’s huge derby against Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool and Smalling admits his team-mates all feel great about the much-anticipated encounter.

“Before facing Reading on Saturday we knew that we had three games in three different competitions,” he told MUTV. “We knew that if we could keep the winning run going then we couldn't have more confidence going into one of the biggest games of the season. Everyone is really up for it.

“Now we can switch our attention to that game. I think we’ll recover on Wednesday, then we have a good few days to work on the tactics on how to nullify their threats and to really impact our own play to keep this run going. We know how important this game is at the top end of that table.”

Smalling, 27, recently returned from a two-month absence that was enforced by a broken toe, but the EFL Cup victory over Hull was his fourth successive appearance in the last fortnight.

“I’m feeling very good,” he said. “It was frustrating earlier this season but I feel fit now and we have that many games it’s a good time to be back and hopefully I can play my part and keep playing.”


Andi Istiabudi
04-02-2017, 10:15 PM


In a successful departure from his ‘day job’, Manchester United defender Chris Smalling scored when he last faced Leicester City – in September's 4-1 home win - and netted again last weekend in the Reds’ Emirates FA Cup win over Wigan Athletic.

The centre-back, who has started five of United's last seven games and captained the side against Stoke, also popped up positively in the opponents’ penalty area during Wednesday’s 0-0 draw with Hull City. His header set up what looked like the breakthrough moment until Eldin Jakupovic blocked Juan Mata’s shot.

Yet Smalling, who came on for the injured Phil Jones in midweek, will naturally prioritise his defensive duties if he’s selected for the Leicester City match on Sunday and concentrate on keeping his England team-mate Jamie Vardy quiet at the King Power Stadium.

Here's what Chris had to say about Vardy, United's permutations in central defence and the busy schedule ahead when speaking to MUTV on Friday morning...

Do you like the fact there is going to be game after game in different competitions?
Yes, I prefer to play games rather than just play one game in a week and train for five or six days. I’d rather play, recover, have a light training session and play. That’s what I’d always prefer and I probably think most players would prefer that because we like to play games. Training every day is good and you can improve but the games are what it’s all about.

At centre-back we’ve got Marcos Rojo, Phil Jones, Daley Blind and Eric Bailly as potential partners for you. Is it a case of trying to build an understanding with each one of those so that you’re ready to play together?
Yes definitely. I think in training we’re often playing with different partners and in any given game you never know what sort of forwards you’re going to be up against. I think a lot of that understanding is based around our training and what we do on a daily basis but I feel very comfortable with all of them and likewise they all feel comfortable because we play with each other every day.

Our next game is against Leicester City of course. Are you surprised to see the champions where they are in the table at the moment?
Yes, I think I am and I think a lot of people are. Whether they were going to be challenging for the title again or not, I’d expect them to be higher than they are. But I don’t think we can forget their qualities which made them the champions, the current champions, so I think we need to be more wary of their potential threats and what they did last year rather than the situation they find themselves in now.

Jamie Vardy wrote in his autobiography that you were his most difficult opponent. Is it nice to hear a fellow professional say that about you?
Yes it is, and especially when Jamie’s one of those players that the majority of defenders would find very hard to play against. I’d say that as well because of his unpredictability, his pace and his work rate so to hear that – and I did read that - it gives you a little smile when they see that you’re a bit of a pest to them.

He, like Leicester, is not having as good a season this time around. But is he still the sort of opponent who doesn’t give you a minute’s peace as a defender?
Yes he is. Whether or not he’s on a roll of scoring however many goals last season, I think he’s someone who will always give his all for the team and no matter their situation or how many goals he’s scored, he won’t let it rest. You know that when you’ve got the ball, you’ll have a few seconds less than you would in the majority of games.


Andi Istiabudi
06-02-2017, 09:52 PM
Semangat Smalling !!!



Chris Smalling says finishing in the top four in the Premier League is well in Manchester United’s sights after Sunday’s convincing win over Leicester City.

Goals from Man of the Match Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Juan Mata allowed Jose Mourinho’s men ease to a 3-0 victory at the King Power Stadium.

The result meant the Reds closed the gap on fourth-placed Arsenal, who lost 3-1 at leaders Chelsea on Saturday, to just two points with 14 matches left to play.

When asked if a top-four finish is achievable for United, Smalling told reporters after the game: “Yes it is. I think that’s our job to keep in there and keep climbing.”

The defender, who captained the side against Leicester in the absence of Wayne Rooney who was ill, insists the Reds must continue with the mission to secure Champions League football next season, starting with Saturday’s home game against Watford.

He said: “We’ve had a few opportunities to be able to close that gap [on the top four] and this time we took our opportunity and played really well, so we need to build on this.

“Obviously, we’ve got a home game next so if we can get the three points we can really do some chasing.”

The Reds are now unbeaten in 15 Premier League games – the longest such run in Europe’s top five leagues currently – after securing a third win of the season over the struggling Foxes.

With three goals and a clean sheet away from home, Smalling agreed it was almost the perfect result for the Reds.

“Yes it is,” he said. “They’re having a tough time but they’ve still got that pace up front and we really nullified them and it was a really good team display.”

By sweeping aside the champions, United ended a run of three successive league draws but Smalling admitted, although confidence is high following an impressive victory and all-round team display, there is always room for improvement.

“I think after this game and the performance we can say that it’s high but until we get on a good consistent winning run I think it can get even better,” he added.


Andi Istiabudi
08-02-2017, 06:37 PM


Manchester United defender Chris Smalling answered our quickfire questions about the the best goal, save and team he has ever witnessed in his life. The England international delivered several articulate responses, with Old Trafford legend David Beckham featuring twice...

Best goal you’ve ever seen?
On TV it has to be [David] Beckham’s free-kick against Greece for England. I remember watching that with my mum and brother in my living room and the feeling when that went in was amazing. Me and brother kept trying to re-enact it in the living room after that! It was a moment when a great player stepped up to deliver. The best goal I've seen live would have to be Wayne’s [Rooney] overhead kick against City. That was my first derby and my view of the goal was quite good. I wasn’t too far behind Nani on the halfway line and for him to pull that out of the bag was unbelievable. I just remember the whole stadium erupting.

Best save you’ve ever seen?
David [De Gea] has made so many! I didn’t play in this game but the one against Everton [in 2014] in the dying seconds when he somehow clawed away a shot from Bryan Oviedo on the edge of the box. He’d saved a penalty earlier in the game then he made that top-left hand save from Oviedo when it looked like a guaranteed goal. That’s the best save I’ve seen.

Best individual performance you’ve ever seen?
I’d say Beckham in the Greece game. There are few things bigger than playing for your country and in such a big game like that. He played amazingly in that game, he dragged the team through really and when he got the free-kick there was only one place it was going.

If you could play in any team in history, which one would you choose?
I’d say the 1966 World Cup-winning team. To be able to say you’ve won the World Cup I think you could finish your career very, very happy! The United 1999 team as well when they won the Treble. You saw the celebrations at the end of that season - that showed the magnitude of what they had achieved.

Is there a stadium or city you haven’t played in yet that you would like to?
I’d like to play at the San Siro and the Nou Camp. It’s a tough choice between those two but I’d probably pick the San Siro.

If you could go back in time and talk to a 16-year-old you, what advice would you give?
I’d tell myself to live each day to the maximum and to really enjoy the big moments because you never know how long you’ve got, generally in life or how long your career will be. You have to enjoy life and always look at the bigger picture.

What’s your ultimate football dream?
I think it would be to win the World Cup. It would be the icing on the top of the cake and more.


23-02-2017, 08:50 AM
Chris Smalling believes hostile atmosphere in St Etienne inspired Manchester United to victory

* Chris Smalling thinks atmosphere ensured his side took nothing for granted
* Manchester United cruised through with Europa League win against St Etienne
* Home crowd created intense environment to play in, to no avail for their side
* Smalling said: 'Their crowd helped us, we didn't just go through the motions'

Manchester United were inspired rather than intimidated by the hostile atmosphere in St Etienne according to Chris Smalling.

The central defender helped his side to a 1-0 victory and progression to the last 16 of the Europa League.

Smalling insisted that the unrelenting home support made sure United treated the game seriously and did not switch off.

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Chris Smalling believes the fantastic St Etienne support inspired Manchester United

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The vociferous support created a hostile atmosphere but United still thrived in the game. St Etienne fans were still singing after the final whistle and Smalling praised their efforts

He told BT Sport: 'I think their crowd probably helped us because we made sure we didn't go through the motions, it was a proper game and I think we did a good job from start to finish. '

'I think it's going right through our squad, whoever is coming in, and if we can keep this run going, who knows what can happen?'

Juan Mata concurred with his team-mate and added that the victory keeps up momentum for Jose Mourinho's men ahead of the League Cup final against Southampton on Sunday.

'We knew it was going to be a tough atmosphere, their supporters are great but from the first minute we were very professional, we scored one goal which made it easy for us.

'We're very happy because it's not just about qualifying but winning and going into the final on Sunday with more confidence.

'I think we face the final with more confidence and try to win the second trophy of the season after the community shield.


23-02-2017, 08:24 PM

Manchester United defender Chris Smalling was impressed by the spirit shown by the Reds during Wednesday's Europa League win over Saint-Etienne.

Jose Mourinho's men won 1-0 on the night and 4-0 on aggregate to progress to the last 16, but were made to play the last half an hour with 10 men after Eric Bailly’s dismissal.

Speaking to MUTV after the game, Smalling hailed a professional United performance and said his team were untroubled by the numerical disadvantage.

“It’s testament to our fitness levels and the games we’ve played that we can almost make it look like its 11 against 11 even when we’re a man down”, he said. "We had chances in that period that were better than theirs so overall it’s a good job.”

“We knew we were coming into the game a few goals ahead but it was all about that first goal. The crowd could have inspired them to do anything so it really helped us control the game."

Smalling was also asked about the experience of playing at Stade Geoffrey-Guichard, which is nicknamed "The Cauldron", due to its lively atmosphere. And while he relished the occasion, attentions now turn to Sunday's EFL Cup final against Southampton at Wembley.

“Their fans were incredible.” he added. “Even at the end when they were so many goals behind it was a great atmosphere to play in.

“I can’t wait to get my boots back on now. We’ll be relishing Sunday and the chance to pick up a piece of silverware. There are quite a few of us that have played a number of games at Wembley and maybe some of their players haven’t, so hopefully that will give us the edge on Sunday.”