Ex-Red Anderson, who was capped 30 times in the position and was Fergieâ€™s first United signing in 1986, has already seen enough evidence to suggest Smalling would cope with the challenge of playing at fullback.
â€śGoing from Fulham to Manchester United so soon after being a non-League player is a big step,â€ť Anderson told the Manchester Evening News. â€śA 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.
â€śSome cannot handle the pressure, the expectation and the history. It can kill you.
â€śBut 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.
â€śThe Reds didnâ€™t play well that night. They were hammered 4-0 and Chris didnâ€™t have a good game. Things had been going well for him up to that moment but things like that can really damage you.
â€śThat kind of experience can see some players fold and youâ€™ll never see them again. He got flak for his role at Upton Park but he took it on the chin and proved it wasnâ€™t going to affect him.
â€śHe rose to the challenge and got better. That takes real character.â€ť