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Official: Chris Smalling completes season-long loan move to AS Roma

by Leo Nieboer

Manchester United have confirmed that Chris Smalling has completed a season-long loan move to AS Roma.

The Englishman, who has made 323 appearances for the club, is no longer viewed as a starting option like he was under both Jose Mourinho and Louis van Gaal, both of whom highly rated the defender despite fans feeling differently.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has not played Smalling in any of United’s opening three games as he seeks to cement the defensive partnership of Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof, with Axel Tuanzebe as third choice.

The club confirmed on Friday evening that Smalling, or ‘Mike Smalldini’, had indeed secured a move to Italy.

Italy is, of course, a place where defending is venerated more than any other major country, a place where the greats like Cafu and Fabio Cannavaro go to cement their status as titans of the game.

And now, enter Smalling. You Romans thought you knew gladiators, but you never knew the vegan boy from Maidstone who will, no doubt, snap Romelu Lukaku’s ankle at some point this season. Until now.

Supporters, on the whole, approved of the move, which forms part of a wider revamp engendered by Solskjaer.


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