Smalling‚Äôs 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.
‚ÄúI‚Äôve always been a centre-half, to be honest,‚ÄĚ he told the Sunday Mirror. ‚ÄúObviously I‚Äôve played right back and at the start of last season the only reason I played there was because we didn‚Äôt have a right-back.
‚ÄúBut now that Rafael is playing there, I‚Äôm just looking to cement down a place at centre-half and I think that‚Äôs where the manager has always seen me.
‚ÄúI always think that if I‚Äôm fit I‚Äôm going to be in with a shout and I think the manager would put faith in me.
‚ÄúObviously when you‚Äôre not fit other players have got to play, but when I‚Äôm fit and able to affect his decision, I‚Äôm confident I can do that.‚ÄĚ