Smallingās 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.
āIāve always been a centre-half, to be honest,ā he told the Sunday Mirror. āObviously Iāve played right back and at the start of last season the only reason I played there was because we didnāt have a right-back.
āBut now that Rafael is playing there, Iām just looking to cement down a place at centre-half and I think thatās where the manager has always seen me.
āI always think that if Iām fit Iām going to be in with a shout and I think the manager would put faith in me.
āObviously when youāre not fit other players have got to play, but when Iām fit and able to affect his decision, Iām confident I can do that.ā