Manchester United defender Chris Smalling has paid tribute to his former Fulham boss Roy Hodgson.

Speaking ahead of the Reds' trip to Craven Cottage tonight, Smalling expressed his gratitude towards the current West Brom boss and explained why he's excited to face his old club.

"I see my time there as a big two years," Smalling told "My first year was about finding my feet and the second was about showcasing what I can do.

"Without Roy Hodgson giving me my chance there I wouldn't be here so it's a time I look upon fondly. It'll be nice to go back and see a few of the players and play back at the Cottage."