Man Utd defender Smalling excited being part of Champions League final

Manchester United defender Chris Smalling is excited to be involved in the Champions League final.

Smalling will swap the living room for Wembley Stadium to watch the Champions League final.

The former Fulham centre-back has been used to viewing European club football's showpiece event on television from the comfort of a mate's sofa in previous seasons.

Now, barring a late injury to Nemanja Vidic or Rio Ferdinand, he is likely to have one of the best seats in the house - pitchside on United's bench for the clash with an all-conquering Barcelona side.

"I used to watch the Champions League at my mates' houses all the time," said Smalling, who famously was playing for non-league Maidstone United three years ago.

"It has only been one season [at United] and I am already looking towards a Champions League final. It is going to be a great occasion at Wembley. It will be great to see all the friends and family. It should be a big finale.

"On a personal level I did not expect it to turn out this way but it has been superb to feel part of the team. Even the group games, when you hear the music on a Tuesday or Wednesday - the music sets it alight.

"Everyone watches, regardless whether you support a team or not. It is great just to be able to be part of it."

 
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