Nemanja Vidic has praised Manchester United defender Chris Smalling following his excellent form this season.
Smalling has established himself as a key player for Man United and England over the course of the campaign after some superb displays.
And Vidic, who played alongside the 26-year-old during his playing days at Old Trafford, admitted that Smalling is a player who he admires greatly.
“I’ve always loved Chris. I love him because he’s a defender,” Vidic said.
“His mentality is that he likes to defend. I believe he can still improve but he is physically strong and, as I said, he likes to defend which, for me, is very important. You don’t see many players nowadays who like to defend, there are not many in the world. That’s his big ability.”
Smalling has received numerous plaudits from across the football world following his performances this term and all of them are richly deserved.
United have enjoyed a good defensive record this season and a large part of that has been down to him. Smalling has arguably been United’s best player along with David de Gea and Anthony Martial and the onus is now on the likes of Phil Jones to follow in his footsteps.