Chris Smalling‘s girlfriend Sam Cooke is one proud partner after his performance against Wolfsburg and so she should be.
Mike was once again the rock in Manchester United’s defence and the central driving force behind keeping Wolfsburg at bay (just) in a crucial 2-1 victory which gets our Champions League campaign back on track.
We’ve all witnessed Smalling’s transformation over the last 12 months into a defensive powerhouse but with each passing game he seems to get that little better.
His development is phenomenal. Against Wolfsburg, you could see him barking instructions at his team-mates to make sure they stayed disciplined and focused – he would never have done that last season.
To top it all off, Smalling scored the winner and his attacking presence from defence is probably one of the most satisfying aspects of his game for Louis van Gaal as he loves ball playing defenders who can run out from the back which is something Smalling loves to do.
The only way is up for Smalling right now and he has worked himself into a superb position where he deserves all the recognition he is getting from friends and family. More of the same please, Mike.