Ex-Red Anderson, who was capped 30 times in the position and was Fergieâs first United signing in 1986, has already seen enough evidence to suggest Smalling would cope with the challenge of playing at fullback.
âGoing from Fulham to Manchester United so soon after being a non-League player is a big step,â Anderson told the Manchester Evening News. âA lot of players say they want to play for United and would relish the challenge but when you actually get there Old Trafford can wreck players.
âSome cannot handle the pressure, the expectation and the history. It can kill you.
âBut Chris has made a pretty seamless transition into his role as a United senior player. I think one of the key moments came last year at West Ham in the Carling Cup.
âThe Reds didnât play well that night. They were hammered 4-0 and Chris didnât have a good game. Things had been going well for him up to that moment but things like that can really damage you.
âThat kind of experience can see some players fold and youâll never see them again. He got flak for his role at Upton Park but he took it on the chin and proved it wasnât going to affect him.
âHe rose to the challenge and got better. That takes real character.â