Manchester City and Borussia Dortmund are amongst the sides Man United will face during their pre-season tour of China.
Man United went up against opponents of a similar calibre during the 2015 tour, taking on Barcelona and Paris Saint Germain.
Speaking to MUTV, the 26-year-old has expressed his enthusiasm at prospect of playing more big sides this summer, alongside a desire to make a statement of intent ahead of the 2016/17 campaign.
“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.”
United’s central failure in the last campaign was their inability to translate dominance into effective performances and emphatic results.
The main objective for Jose Mourinho and his side, then, is to ensure that their dominance is reflected on the scoreboard, rather than just in terms of statistics.
With a rip-roaring attacking line-up already at the 53-year-old’s disposal (alongside further additions), United fans will feel confident about seeing their side eclipse the blunt-edged, energy deprived front line of last season.