Smallingâ€™s versatility has seen him play right-back and centre-back for United and England, but he wants to establish himself in the heart of defence for club and country.
â€śIâ€™ve always been a centre-half, to be honest,â€ť he told the Sunday Mirror. â€śObviously Iâ€™ve played right back and at the start of last season the only reason I played there was because we didnâ€™t have a right-back.
â€śBut now that Rafael is playing there, Iâ€™m just looking to cement down a place at centre-half and I think thatâ€™s where the manager has always seen me.
â€śI always think that if Iâ€™m fit Iâ€™m going to be in with a shout and I think the manager would put faith in me.
â€śObviously when youâ€™re not fit other players have got to play, but when Iâ€™m fit and able to affect his decision, Iâ€™m confident I can do that.â€ť