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Chris Smalling thankful for Manchester United’s global support

by Ben Topliss

Manchester United defender Chris Smalling counts himself “very lucky” to play in front of a sold out Old Trafford every week.

Man United supporters regularly travel thousands of miles from across the world to watch the team play.

Even with a year spent out of the Champions League, United boast higher average attendances than the likes of Real Madrid, Barcelona and Bayern Munich.

Smalling thanked fans for their continued support and revealed he still has to pinch himself at the size of United’s fanbase.

When asked what the best thing about playing for United was, Smalling said: “I’d say playing in front of a full stadium, nearly 80,000, every week. There aren’t any other teams who have that. Every game is a sell-out too. We’re very lucky that people travel from all over the world to come and see us whenever we play.

“When we go abroad, especially to Asia and even to America, you realise it’s such a global club. We all know United is big but it’s more about realising just how big it is and how it really affects a lot of people all over the world. Football is big in this country but it doesn’t sink in about how big it is elsewhere until you go to other countries.”

United really are unrivalled when it comes to global support. A number of pre-season tours, such as last summer’s trip to the United States of America, are largely to thank for this.

Only Borussia Dortmund have a higher average attendance than United but they offer incredibly cheap ticket prices. With United on course to qualify for the Champions League next season, the support is unlikely to relent.

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